I’m a fujoshi through-and-through. I’m a shipper as well as a fan of the Boy’s Love genre. The demographic which appreciates malexmale relationships is enormous and still growing. (Heck, tumblr is 80% gay.)
This thread will be my brainstorming/organization thread. That is, until someone comes and tells me “yeah, no, we’re not gonna take that idea”. (Which is probably likely.)
Hopefully, someone will be willing to help me host this, if it is OK’d.
Last year, I went to Cos & Effect and there was a Yaoi 101 panel. I was interested because I thought maybe I’d learn something, but it turns out it was just two guys doing a dramatic reading of a terrible guro-yaoi manga, and just taunting the genre in general. Yes, it was hilarious, but it’s not an entirely accurate representation of the genre. Some of the people were there because they wanted to know what yaoi was and why people liked it, so that’s my motivation. I also think it’d be a great opportunity for fans to find more non-riaju friends.
- Prezi presentation (like PowerPoint… not really)
- Non R18+, to be easily accessible.
- Afterwards unofficial gathering for discussion and tumblr/DA exchanges?
- Help fujoshi, shippers, slashers, etc, find more friends.
- Recommend a list of BL/yaoi titles that don’t suck.
- Change people’s stereotypical views on yaoi; to show people that good BL does exist.
- Why fans of shipping/BL like malexmale relationships/why they prefer male homoromantic dynamics.
- Shipping is an entire subculture, and is predominant in shounen manga, like KuroBasu, Kuroshitsuji, Naruto, Magi, etc. But what is shipping?
- How people first got into BL.
- Stereotype: All fanfiction is bad and are written by prepubescent squealy annoying girls who write nothing but fluffy bullsh*t.
- Criticisms on yaoi/BL: how it’s too idealistic, objectifies gay men, how many ukes are practically girls anyway, and how it can be a form of homophobia. Also, how anime producers are using homoerotic subtext as fangirl fodder. Not. Cool. I say as I keep watching.
Terminology: Yaoi, BL, difference between BL/yaoi/shounen-ai, difference between romance and bromance, shipping, slash, fujoshi, kifujin, ochou-fujin, fudanshi, seme, uke, riba, tachi, neko (not cat), yaoi hands, riiman, bara, gachi-muchi, kismesis, moirails/heterosexual life partners, hatesex.
(Semi-brief section showcasing a few quality mangaka and titles. No copyright infringement.)
- Natsume Isaku: Tight Rope, Amber Paradox
- Takanaga Hinako: The Tyrant Falls in Love, Kimi ga Koi ni Midareru
- Nakamura Asumiko: Doukyuusei/Sotsugyousei, Double Mints
- No.6, Silver Diamond, Yume Musubi, Koi Musubi, The Cornered Mouse that Dreams of Cheese
- Other: Kyuugou, Yoneda Kou
Social Experiment (if there’s time/if copyright allows it):
- Take a few infamous homoerotic subtext scenes from various manga, discuss, and see if people can still say “oh, they’re just friends!” or “it’s just a title page, it doesn’t matter if they’re wearing pendants with eachother’s faces on them!” or “so what if Bunny is bridal carrying Tiger, it doesn’t mean anything”.
I might want to host a screening of No.6, too. Which is Funimation, and on Crunchyroll, so that shouldn’t be a problem?
So, if anyone is interested in seeing a panel like this, I’ll take a go at it. If not… oh well.