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Why would a straight guy read yaoi?
Posted 10/5/11

PixelPixie wrote:


lifeincircuit wrote:

Because not *all* yaoi is mindless smut. Some are very well written with actual plots. Not most, but some. Though I find an awful lot of yaoi to not be THAT sex based anyway considering it caters to young girls. I think a lot of people also get confused and label shounen-ai as yaoi, then go and read something like loveless(which I would hardly even consider shounen-ai) and say they read yaoi.

I have known a lot of "straight" girls who are in to yuri or even straight up lesbian porn. I think women are just more open about this sort of thing. I don't see any reason past societal conditioning that men should be absolutely appalled by anything having to do with two men together. The best straight men I've known have not had an issue with it.


I agree with you even though I've never watched or read yaoi/shounen-ai personally. I think if a guy or a girl is reading or watching something with a same sex relationship it doesn't necessarily mean they're not straight, just open minded about relationships and all that jazz.


yeah i agree with both of you. to me, it depends on the plot. i'm perfectly fine with same-sex relationships so i read both yaoi and yuri. nothin bad said against me, it's just i like a good story line. my best friend is straight but he loves yaoi cuz they tend to have such passionate love for each other (and i don't mean just in the bed, passionate).
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Posted 10/6/11
Besides the plot, the hypothetical straight guy may really enjoy the artwork and may be a fan of the mangaka's other work. They may also be reading it on the strong recommendation of a close friend or their significant other. As a parallel, a lot of straight guys saw Brokeback Mountain based on its compelling story, the great cinematography of the Rockies, or its rave reviews.
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Posted 10/6/11

imphic wrote:
As a parallel, a lot of straight guys saw Brokeback Mountain based on its compelling story, the great cinematography of the Rockies, or its rave reviews.



This.
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Posted 10/6/11
As a general rule, I avoid yaoi but if the manga has an interesting story and nice artwork and as long as the scenes aren't explicit, I would read it. Rather than being concerned with subject matter, it's more important to me that the manga be interesting to read. If it's just about sex, then I won't read it, regardless of whether it's yaoi/yuri/straight. Same for anime. I don't generally watch yaoi but Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi was interesting enough that I could enjoy it.
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Posted 10/6/11
I wish more men would admit to reading yaoi ;-;
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Posted 10/6/11
i think that it doesn't really matter... why can't a straight guy read yaoi?... i think as long as the manga story plot is good then anyone could read it if they want.... i think some guys just watch it as if it is a normal romance....(a guy and a girl)......
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Posted 10/7/11
dont know,but i like it /thread
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Posted 10/7/11 , edited 10/7/11
1. Curiosity.
2. Seeing all the hype is about.
3. To see why your girlfriend reads it.
4. Boredom.
5. Thinking about going 'curvy'.
6. Mental illness (had to throw it in there :P)
7. Accidently bought the wrong item from the manga store, oh wells, -reads-....

- In the end, it doesn't really matter. People read whatever/watch whatever depending on what their thought processes are at the time. In that sense, people read Yaoi purely based on the fact that they are bored or a reason which people would find to be stupid.

You can't unread/erase what you've already seen/read. Sadly T_T.
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Posted 10/7/11
Well, this question actually reminds me of something my Mass Communications professor said. He said that within every person is a slight attraction to the same gender. The topic was brought up when he showed us a playboy cover (non-racy) and asked us about the woman in th photo. Long story short, it was a man.
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Posted 10/8/11
Had my friend watching Gravitation. He thought Hiro was cool and liked the music. I thought he was way more gay for liking Fruits Basket.

Yaoi sort of get lumped with BL, which means it isn't always strictly about sex. There's a lot of good stories and plots in quite a few mangas with male couples. It's the same with games like Dragon Age or Fable, which had bisexual companions. Plenty of 'gay guys' read and watch shows/animes/manga/games/whatever with straight couples...so...

Lol kills me that people doesn't think it works both ways, but it really does.
Posted 10/8/11
well everyone has there strange likes and what not right?
Posted 10/8/11
He wants to.
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Posted 10/8/11
depends on ONE thing, what manga or anime it is.
if it's something like CardCaptor Sakura were there's a cannon yaoi pairing, and the thing as a whole is not yaoi. if this is the case then there's something else in the show that worth watching
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if it's something were the premise is yaoi, and it revolves around disturbing man-love, then the man is gay and won't admit it.

and if these "straight" men are watching yaoi then they should like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0hSLxRU-t8
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Posted 10/8/11
Sexuality is fluid and so is our taste in literature.

Now the bigger question is why does this matter?

Peace.
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Posted 10/9/11
Theoretically it doesn't matter, however, might I point out in response to another posters reasoning in the beginning as being amusing.

If you're doing research on what teh femmes are thinking (and lemme tell you as a guy, you will NEVER understand the mysteries of the feminine mind) reading cosmo or Redbook or like one of the 500 women oriented magazines will give you more insight AND has zero wangage. BTW, reading Playgirl means your gay. Not that being gay matters, but yeah, straight guys dont read Playgirl, we just don't.

I don't have any problems with yaoi as a medium but as a straight guy let me assure everyone here, I have NEVER been so bored that I was like "Man, there's nothing on tv, noone to hang out with, nowhere to go, nothing to read or do online, nothing on Netflix, I'm bored with my Xbox360 and PS3 and twitter and Facebook are dead to me... I think I'll watch some gay pr0n... because, I'm bored... and totally straight... and I could really go for a great story (now with p3nises!)..... and guys making out and having sechs... " Granted, to each their own and yeah some yaoi have guys that look like str8 up chix, but you know, the minute the wangs come a hangin' out, yeah... in the words of MCP <END OF LINE.>

Personally, females are to be envied, considering the female form is one of the greatest developments in the universe other then you know... air. Women can admire women and men and a woman admiring a woman isn't necessarily gay, women can objectively (or is it competitively) observe another woman naked and have no sexual feelings, she can admire and sometimes be envious of her female counterpart. As a guy I can say we can make just about anything sexual, its one of our quirks which is simultaneously awesome and a weakness. Now, I add as an addendum that guys can admire other guys muscles, because we're kinda geared towards power, so watching say... wrestling, not considered gay... if they stopped punching and slamming one another and started kissing and fondling... totally gay. It's not exactly fair, but hey, neithers life.

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