yaoi: top 10 reversi manga (and a gender rant)

Food for thought. I do have strong opinions about this issue myself, but I happen to be very opinionated in general.

the joy of yaoi

gender rebels?

Love Recipe by Higashizato KiricoLove Recipe by Higashizato Kirico

The reversible (or switch or reversi) couple is probably my favorite pairing. When a couple trades sex roles — the one who usually pitches becomes the one who catches and vice versa — it’s such a pleasing violation of yaoi conventions. If there’s one basic move in yaoi that both ratchets up the sexy and pushes gender boundaries, it’s the act of throwing the relatively fixed, gendered roles of seme and uke into disorder.

Unfortunately, in yaoi truly reversible couples are pretty rare (and, alas, just being a switch couple doesn’t mean that gender roles are tossed out the window, but let’s set that aside for now). Generally speaking, couples adhere to the seme (guy) and uke (girl) roles, which seems to be a sneaky way to keep the genre more or less anchored in familiar societal sex and gender roles.

Once, in an author’s comment pages — occasionally those things have real gems in them…

View original post 2,065 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s