Why do women like Yaoi? Unraveling the Fujoshi

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Have you ever wondered why so many women like yaoi? If you are an otaku you must have noticed in anime events or on the internet a large fanbase of girls who are anime fans and magas of the genus Yaoi (shonen-ai or BL).

For those who do not yet know, yaoi is a genre of homosexual romance between men. What makes women like this genre so much? In this article we will unravel the secret of fujoshi.

Why am I writing about fujoshi?

Women who like yaoi are called fujoshi meaning poor/corrupted, this term was designated by themselves. Some are actually lost and devour this uncontrolled material. The fact that a girl reads these works does not mean she is LGBT, if she were she would be reading yuri (romance among lesbians).

Why that question? I realize that the amount of men who like the yuri genre is much smaller than the fanbase of women who like the yaoi genre. It’s common to find at girls events wearing shirts written I Love Yaoi and things like that, but nothing about the yuri genre.

I myself can’t see grace in yuri, let alone in yaoi, besides going against my principles. Understand something, having principles and not liking it is different from being prejudiced! The fact is, we shouldn’t encompass women in this world, because not all anime fan girls like that genre, some hate it!

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Another important thing we need to highlight is that most yaoi works are written by women. So it’s obvious to think that the yaoi gender was made more for women than for homosexuals. Searching in various places on the Internet I’ll try to answer why women like yaoi.

When we talk about yaoi, people think about sex. Only yaoi in general is just a novel like shoujo, some go further, but it’s not usually heavy as a hentai. So you can’t demote women or call them perverts just by saying they like yaoi. There are levels that are shounen-ai (light), yaoi (medium) and lemon (heavy).

What makes a girl like yaoi?

Something that catches the attention of girls in yaoi works is the amount of good-looking male characters. In the same way that men feel attracted by fanservice, ecchi and sexy characters in shonen animes, the girls are attracted by the beauty of yaoi anime characters and also by the great fanservice.

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Another key factor is the mere fact that it is taboo. Most of these works show a forbidden and impossible love or a great plot and difficulty. People are attracted to things considered different, secret and forbidden. Some researchers claim that bl (boy love) is a form of escapism for women trapped in japan’s traditional and limited world.

Yaoi is a stuffed dish for girls, a harem full of mysterious and secret men. The protagonists of BL works are not usually those protagonists of failed and shy shoujo who can not talk to women. Maybe it’s a big reason for women

Although shy, honest and vulnerable men fail to get women in real life, that’s one of the reasons women like BL. This genre shows that men are not always alpha males and strong as the mainstream media discloses. It’s a shame many of them don’t choose men like that in real life.

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Women also put themselves in place of one of the protagonists or even the 2 protagonists in the work. Sometimes they want to feel aggressive or passive in their real relationships and dive into this world. Other Japanese said they like to read these works on Japan’s trains to repel men.

Why do girls like yaoi?

We can conclude that women like yaoi just for history and the fact that it is much more developed than the simple shoujo. Many BL works or kiss possess, are just about feelings and difficulties. For some reason women think that’s cute.

For many women, the BL genre is something that works just by reading in a manga and not in anime. They don’t care so much about what happens graphically, they want to know about the plot and the feelings expressed among the characters. Your difficulties, your struggles and desires.

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The anime doesn’t even have to be shonen-ai or yaoi, just have a lot of shirtless kids. Is this another main reason? If you want to know more about the life of a fujoshi, we recommend watching the anime shoujo Watashi ga Motete Dousunda. Girls can self-identify as soon as they notice the men’s shippar craze.

What’s your opinion on the subject? What do you think of the genre? Are you a girl who likes the genre? Comment on why you like this genre. We appreciate the comments and shares.

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