Yaoi drawings and paintings – The gay side of Manga

The gay side of the Manga, the Japanese Comics now well known and red worldwide is called Yaoi (ヤオイ) or Boys’ Love (ボーイズ ラブ). The story is about two young males having a romantic relationship. That could be platonic or sexual. Usually one of the characters is older and more masculine than his partner. It could be also between two young gay guys. Most of the time the storyline takes place in high school. The Boys’ Love (BL) stories are written and red by female authors.

 

 

Both bara and yaoi manga use explicit sex scenes to showcase how lust and passion can consume a gay man. Showcasing these raw emotions is a form of liberation and escapism. Gay or lesbian readers can privately indulge in their own sinful and sexual fantasies through a manga.

So why should bara manga be popular like yaoi? When it comes to the essentials, bara has it: the admiration of the male physique and the passionate and lustful gay sex. Whether it’s bulging muscle men banging each other or a sweet high school romance between two teenage boys, yaoi and bara got you covered. Both are very homoerotic and popular among gay population world wide.

Historic factors influencing Yaoi Manga

Homosexuality in Japan was never criminalized to the extent it was in countries such as America or Britain. It is still widely considered unacceptable and frowned upon in modern Japanese society. Members of the gay community face discrimination on a cultural and social level.

This has not stopped queer writers and artists from producing queer works of art. Nor has it stopped gay and lesbian readers from consuming it. For example, Japanese author Yoshiya Nobuko wrote novels about female same-sex love and relationships during the 1920s. Her work was very popular and directly influenced the development of both shōjo and yuri manga in the decades that followed.

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