I need to adress this. The last month or so I have read several articles and blog posts complaining/discussing/contemplating the fact that boys love is not a good representation for the LGBTQ+ community. I agree.
BUT, and there really is a huge but in this, boys love isn’t supposed to be a representation for the LGBTQ+community. There really is no need for it to be. Boys love isn’t aimed for an audience outside of the fujoshi/fudanshi community. No one who isn’t interested in the boys love genre would ever pick up a boys love novel/anime/manga.
But, but, but Yuri!!! on Ice you say, that is a boys love anime and millions (don’t exaggerate now) have seen that show? Nope, I am sorry to say this, but Yuri!!! on Ice actually doesn’t fit the profile of a boys love. What?! you gasp, how dare you! I know right, they are lovers and they are gay. Well, nothings confirmed but yeah, it’s safe to say by now that they have a thing. A wholesome thing to boot. The thing with Yuri!!! on Ice is that this little anime started out as nothing more than a sports anime/slice of life (oh no, you actually went there, shame on you). There was nothing telling you it would turn into a boys love anime when it started, their relationship sort of just snuck up on all who watched it. But you said it wasn’t a boys love anime? I know I did, I still stand by it.
So, if Yuri!!! on Ice isn’t a boys love anime, even though they are gay and in love, and all that comes with that, then what is it? A good representation for the LGBTQ+ community. You see, Yuri!!! on Ice is a regular anime with two gay guys who happened to fall in love. Back to boys love…
So, boys love is not aimed at the regular consumer of anime/manga but to people like me; the rotten person who loves to watch the romance between two guys where it is already predestined to be about their relationship. It is a genre of it’s own, just like Yuri!!! on Ice is a sports anime, or just like Macross is mecha.
What the LGBTQ+ community needs isn’t for boys love to be realistic and be a good representation. I, as a part of that community don’t want that as a part of the fujoshi/fudanshi community. I still want my boys love the way it is AND good LGBTQ+ representation BUT in the mainstream media. Boys love isn’t mainstream and people who indulge in boys love are very well aware of the fact that the manga and anime they get absorbed in is nothing but a fantasy and is in no way related to how a normal gay relationship is. Just like a prison tv-show doesn’t give an accurate picture of how life in a real prison is.
We need more Yuri!!! on Ice kind of representation, that is all I am saying. And preferably outside of the anime and manga community as well. And we need to stop making boys love into something it is not and look at it for what it is. A small niche entertainment for a very limited audience who actually knows what it is about. (yes, I know there are idiots who romanticizes real gay people and forces themselves on them but I would think that they are in a very small minority. And I am pretty certain that has very little to do with boys love really.)
Okey, that was my two cents on this topic. This might apply to the other sex as well. I have never really seen any articles or blog posts about girls love so I can’t say. It’s as if people are more hung up on boys love for some reason. Then again, lesbian sex in porn movies are totally accepted while gay sex isn’t, maybe it’s the same in the anime/manga community? I don’t know, I am not engaged in the girls love community.
That’s it you guys. Next time, let’s talk about something less heavy. And please, give your thoughts about this in the comments because it is interesting to hear how you think about this.