Just like you would see in a directory listing, Yaoi would be the 'gay' listing. It refers to male on male pairings, in the Hentai or Ero anime section.

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Meaning

Fictional media, that deals with homosexual relations, and romance.

In Japan

Yaoi ( also known as 801 ) refers to the more sexually explicit homosexual relationship, focusing on the actual sex more than the relationship or romance aspect.

Created as an acronym, for " Yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi " which translates to " No climax, no point, no meaning "

Shonen-ai is more apt to depict the relationship aspect, the romance, more than the hardcore sex.

History

Believed to have been formed/created in the self publish markets (dojinshi) of Japan.

Yao was mainly targeted towards females.

Believed to have been started in the 1970's, it became more popular and widely known, during the 1980's.

History (Legend): female fans of Yaoi, are believed to have another meaning for the popular acronym.

Yamete, oshiri ga itai meaning: " Stop my butt hurts "

Practice

Mainly parodies of popular works or persons, and in some cases, believed to be copyright infringements, though not generally prosecuted, within Japan.

These parodies or exaggerations, are found in anime, Manga, and eroge

The primary characters are referred to as Seme (attacker) and Uke (receiver) but neither are given a submissive or dominant role. Merely as one who pursues, and the other receives.

Taken from the Martial Arts, it has no derogatory connotation, or meanings. Both characters will exhibit masculine and feminine qualities.

Usually, the Seme is depicted as older and more restrained. They are also shown as being taller, and more powerful than the Uke.

These characters are generally shown to be younger, less well defined physically and shorter. More in tune with what we would call a Twink.

The Seme would be more in line with what we'd term a Daddy.

In Japan

This term has been replaced by Boizu Rabu (Boy's Love or BL) which includes original works, as well as parodies.

Generally does NOT include those BL or Yaoi written by gay men, for gay men. ( referred to as gei com )

The formula or style is where one is the 'attacker' who pursues the 'receiver'.

Practice (Associated Acts):

Western Civilizations

The term is a catch all, for male on male Manga or Japanese comics, featuring male on male.

However, Yaoi is considered to be hardcore or sexually explicit, and even in western countries, the term shonen-ai is used to refer to those titles, that deal with romance, and do not include graphic or sexually explicit action.

Fans also tend to lump Yaoi with Hentai, or label as slash fan fiction.

Noteworthy:

Acronym created by Yasuko Sakata and Akiko Hatsu.

Yaoi is generally thought to cater to a female audience, while other terms are used to denote similar works, that are specific for male audiences.

Unlike western civilizations, in Yaoi the main participants are not associated with the same connotations, that Top or Bottom are.

Anal Sex is very dominant in most Yaoi stories.

Generally the Uke is shown as being reluctant, but it is more about how anyone would be, when doing something unfamiliar, for the first time.

Most Yaoi stories are told from the view, or perspective, of the Uke (receiver)

There is also some controversy, in that the characters are too stereotyped, in that the Uke is generally always shown being more feminine in nature, less physical or commanding.


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