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Why would a straight guy read yaoi?
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22 / F / Philippines
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Posted 5/23/12
Maybe they just find it interesting cause it's not normal? Usually, people pick not-normal stuff cause they're curious.

Or just open-minded and don't care if it's yaoi. I mean some straight girls read/watch yuri and i don't think there's a problem with them either.
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Posted 5/23/12

hualani wrote:

Why is this even an issue?

Why should a heterosexual male feel uncomfortable watching yaoi while a heterosexual female watches yaoi? IF people are so squeamish about their gender identity, shouldn't both male and female heterosexuals be uncomfortable watching yaoi? Shouldn't heterosexual females be turned off by yaoi as well?

Neither male or female heterosexuals should be intimidated by yaoi. If yaoi or yuri genre are just not interesting to someone, whatever their gender identity maybe, he/she should be bored, not intimidated.

It's like watching Spongebob. I can't stand Spongebob. Not only is it boring, but it is also irritating. However, Spongebob appeals to many little kiddies. Some kids grow out of the Spongebob phase faster than others.


This.

To be honest I haven't read any yaoi and enjoyed it, but that has more to do with me finding the story under par. And I have enjoyed a bit of shounen-ai. Finding someone attractive shouldn't be a requirement for being interested in their relationship. I guess I'm just secure enough to admit that story matters more to me that being "hot" for the characters. Kinda like how I love slasher films, but I'm not going to be slicing up prostitutes anytime soon.
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Posted 5/25/12
For the great storylines and intricate plots!
.....ahaha funny joke....those never have any of that.

I don't really see why it is an issue though, anyone can read what they want simply because they feel like it.
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Posted 5/25/12
how should i know~ i read a lot of things im a girl i read hard yaoi/ smut / hentai / yuri i can read anything with a poker face :D

if guys read yaoi then i would date them XD unless they are more into men LOL




just in case you people are wondering im straight and yes i have watched real porn and the reason is.... I WAS CURIOUS!
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Posted 5/25/12
I personally think that yaoi isn't that bad x) ... i guess a guy would want to read it to see what the genre is like.. and if it was any good. curiosity, i guess.. it doesn't necessarily mean that he has sexual desires toward the same gender or anything... just curiosity.. thats how i started reading yaoi Dx
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Posted 5/25/12
I could read if
1. at least one of the characters looked like a girl.
2. the clothes stayed on, no sex
3. had a good story.
Posted 5/26/12
tbh i dont know how you could be straight and watch yaoi, its really weird and creepy
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Posted 5/26/12
Well I'm straight and watched Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi for it's comedy and character development. I usually skip the yaoi scenes...
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Posted 5/26/12
Because he secretly likes it? LOL.
I, myself, still don't get some Yaio Fan Girls for reading Yaio. And what more if it is a guy.
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Posted 5/26/12
i read it once, got curious but i hated it. Im straight afterall
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Posted 5/26/12 , edited 5/26/12
Because only the manliest of men can read yaoi with pride!(that being said usually "the manliest of men" are so deep in the closet they're in Narnia)
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Posted 5/27/12
I am a straight guy and I have read yaoi a few times. If I hear the story is full of sex and stuff, then I don't bother. However, if it is one of those lighter kind without them actually doing anything, then I will. It is just like reading a romantic comedy of guy/girl, just with guy/guy. So I can at times enjoy the storyline and character development as well as some of the hilarious predicaments the characters can get into.
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Posted 5/27/12
I can't exactly speak on a personal level, but knowing some straight guys who do watch/read yaoi, I can answer this. Some people have stated these elsewhere in the thread; this is to merely repeat their correctness. (Correctness? That doesn't sound right. Anyway, the point is across...)

-A surprising number actually comes down to curiosity. But most of them will also only do one or two and stop. And from here, they diverge. Some use it as a talking point to try to interest women, as a pseudo pickup. Going from Gravitation to Level-C, it makes for... well, I'd guess a weird conversation? Having not been in one, I don't know that part. (And yes, Level-C is valid. It's bad enough to have fun with, especially the anime.) Others will spin the one they watch into a reason to bash yaoi to the end of the world. (And a majority of these then put yuri on a godly pedestal.) They take a cliched part from one and extrapolate it across the genre. Pretty much anything to fuel their hate.
-Curiosity into a woman's mind is another one. Yaoi is typically done by women, for women, and it will have many of the aesthetics that women like. So they'll take in some, see what's consistent across them, and see how they can apply them. (Please don't take the rape ones for this!) I do know of an instance of it working, so it's a valid point.
-They're with their girlfriend already! Sitting and partaking in something she likes, even if you don't, in some guys' minds, increases the odds of... a return on investment, if you will. Some will also hope for other smaller benefits, like tolerance or softness. These guys... tend to be dangerous, especially if they're too interested in getting into bed.
-It may have a theme/plot they enjoy. A mecha fan, for instance, may hear about Legend of the Blue Wolves, and wonder how that works. (For that one, not well.) Other aspiring musicians could be intrigued by the plot of Gravitation, law enforcement to Fake, house-sitting to Sensitive Pornograph... (Well, okay, maybe not that last one...) While there are plenty with paper-thin plots, others are clearly well thought out, and work to entertain a wider span of people.
-A sense of obligation. This is a weird one. It's where I fell before I knew about myself. Some people take joy in having a vast expanse of experiences. I believed that if I wanted to be an otaku (western definition), I should see at least one thing from every genre, whether I like it or not. I enjoyed Ai no Kusabi, and well... things eventually led to today.
-And lastly, the oops. Frankly, anyone doing any research should be able to avoid this.
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Posted 5/28/12 , edited 5/28/12
I've seen/read some of it, the problem I had is the fact that one or more of the protagonists could be drawn with breasts and it would essentially be a straight up romance, actually... because of that some guys could read/watch it for the straight up romantic elements of it. Some people claim that the ideal love (purest love) doesn't take gender into consideration and for anyone that believes that (or something similar) then the fact that it's yaoi is completely irrelevant.

But aside from all that, some yaoi can be just plain entertaining, and let's be honest, entertaining is entertaining no matter what genre it's placed in or what its content is.
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29 / M / Spain
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Posted 5/28/12
I like to read Men/women love stories, and women/women love stories. Why sould not I read those men/men ones?

To love is normal. I know that my love interests are women. But I respect every love. In some love manga or sex manga or whatever, you can find some lessons on how to love.

I only watched gravitation anime but I found that interesting. And I wanted to know on that moment, abbout Yaoi manga and such so I researched.

I´m straight and I liked. For me, those worries about who loves who, makes no sense. Maybe is because I lved all my life with all my brothers and one of them is gay. An he was clearly gay when he was a child...
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