Content warning for discussion of rape fantasies, illustrations of penises, and strong irony regarding sensitive topics.
I’m really serious about the content warning.
This essay is potentially triggering and extremely NSFW.
At the Toronto Comic Arts Festival last weekend, Picturebox announced their plan to publish a bara manga anthology titled Massive. This news has been met with congratulations from all corners of English-language manga fandom, which is fantastic, because congratulations are in order.
What this excitement has occasionally been accompanied by, however, are snide comments about BL manga. To summarize and simplify these comments:
Male sexuality is BEAUTIFUL.
Female sexuality is GROSS.
Pornography drawn by men is ART.
Pornography drawn by women is TRASH.
Male sexual fetishes are EXCITING AND REVOLUTIONARY.
Female sexual fetishes are DESTROYING FEMINISM AND/OR LGBT RIGHTS FOREVER.
In other words:
Bara manga is GOOD.
BL manga is BAD.
This sort of mentality is…
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