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Are there more female otaku?
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I've always found this to be the case. Practically everyone I know is familiar with anime and the vast majority of them aren't the super loser otaku stereotype. Some of them are otaku but they're extremely social and well adjusted.

Conventions are always an interesting thing because you get to see that, yes, there are a ton of stereotypical otaku but there are also just as many, if not more, regular normal people that are otaku as well with a pretty good split of women to men. From my casual observation it's like 60/40 male/female, and that's being generous to the male number.
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2 of my ex girlfriends were otaku and had no part of those stereotypes...my cousin (female) is also an otaku. And I'm sort of open about anime. To me its like any other hobby so I don't bring it up randomly but could use it as any other convo starter. I play a lot of sports and are well rounded so being an otaku never really embarrassed me.
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There could be more, but that does not change anything.
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I never been called otaku yet, and yet I call all my other friends that..... but as a joke they did name me a japaphile.


It's actually called being an xenophile, which is someone who is extremely fond of/obsessed with foreign cultures. Of course, yours is very specific, whereas others have very broad tastes for foreign things. I would actually rather work with someone who is an xenophile, as compared to being ethnocentric.
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I don't know. I'm very open about the fact that I love anime and manga. None of my friends are into anime or manga at all. They just accept that I am and don't judge me for it. I have found that other people I've met who are into anime/manga seem to be a bit more anti-social than I'm used to. Most of the people i've met who are otakus are usually at anime conventions I've gone to...more boys than girls.
I think it just depends where you look and who you talk to.
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Yaoi is pretty cheesy.
I will hang out with friends for a week or so but then it really exhausts me. So I hibernate/disappear into the depths of my room.
They won't see me for a month and I'll come back like nothing happened.

A lot of people are confused by me I guess. I just like being alone and I probably get that from my dad. Even so, yes I sit in my room on the Internet like a coke addict. Watching anime, listening to music, and chatting here. Sometimes facebooking to let people know I'm alive.

After venturing out from the confinements of my room I find that being social can be fun in small doses. I found that usually a group of friends will all have things in common that they all take interest in and if you don't they think you're completely batshit crazy. I sometimes feel all too normal to be liking so much Anime because the people around here that are interested in that crap are weeaboos, furries, or some kind of awkward being that isn't much fun to be around. I haven't really been looking.

Even so I'm not a closet anime lover. I can't change who I am for other people. I don't even see the reason for doing that.

Edt: To answer the question, I'm not obsessed with anything except the internet I'd say. I take no part in being a fangirl and collecting objects of desire. lolol
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I'm sure there's more of us out there :3 we just need to come out of the closet!
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Effy- wrote:
After venturing out from the confinements of my room I find that being social can be fun in small doses. I found that usually a group of friends will all have things in common that they all take interest in and if you don't they think you're completely batshit crazy. I sometimes feel all too normal to be liking so much Anime because the people around here that are interested in that crap are weeaboos, furries, or some kind of awkward being that isn't much fun to be around. I haven't really been looking.


For me, liking anime is a totally normal thing, though I am much more into it than most people. What's odd though is that my 'IRL' community is almost entirely men, in fact, the only other thing I spend a lot of time on the internet doing is also almost entirely men. I go to work, everyone is a guy, I log onto eve, everyone is a guy, but I jump onto an anime forum and suddenly ZOMG females.
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You probably have met yaoi fangirls and never knew it. How fan girly one acts depends on age (the younger the more obnoxious) and situation (are you at a convention or just somewhere where anime is present). BL fangirl will talk to you about their favorite pairings in a series even if there is no hint of anything going on with those characters in a series. They may disguise it by "laughing at the 'bromance' of a character.... it's code for they picture hot boy (or hot man) smut in their minds. Trust me.
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luvduchovny wrote:

You probably have met yaoi fangirls and never knew it. How fan girly one acts depends on age (the younger the more obnoxious) and situation (are you at a convention or just somewhere where anime is present). BL fangirl will talk to you about their favorite pairings in a series even if there is no hint of anything going on with those characters in a series. They may disguise it by "laughing at the 'bromance' of a character.... it's code for they picture hot boy (or hot man) smut in their minds. Trust me.


Everyone seems to think that I was asking if there were any yaoi fangirls out there...
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If it wasn't for the internet I wouldn't know there was half as many female otakus. They're just too quiet about it.

Maybe it's a bad thing between girls to be into anime etc. but to most guys that makes you a lot more attractive. If any of you are too afraid to bring it up, just drop a subtle hint. Making a zombie or batman reference will almost always lead to anime and manga if you're talking to a fellow otaku.
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ladyeri wrote:

I don't like the term either...especially since the japanese don't use it in a flattering way. An Otaku in japan is a guy who is completely obsessed with anime and manga, especially bishoujo anime and dating sims. The fact the american girls into anime call themselves this only strikes me that they don't really understand the term. Btw, I'm a girl, enjoy some and anime and love ancient japanese culture. I would never ever call myself an otaku.


I know exactly what it means & I still call myself an otaku.
Most ppl know the origins of the word, but who cares about what it used to mean?
Meanings for words change all the time, & the word "otaku" isn't used in a bad way anymore.
Infact, I never recall it being used in a negitive way at all.
It's always just reflected your love of something.


I agree. English always steals words and makes them mean something else. Why have a pole up you @$$ about it? I know damn well what otaku means, and I don't care if I'm called one or not. She shouldn't assume it just a bunch of people who don't know better.


ALSO: STOP ASSOCIATING FEMALE OTAKU WITH FUJOSHIS!!!
My god, they are NOT the same thing. A LOT of female otaku don't like yaoi. I do, yes, but that's JUST me. A lot of the girls I know don't watch yaoi at all. They don't even like shoujo or josei. They watch mostly shonnens. And yes, most of them are gamers (some of the fujoshis are, even). Point being: you're comparing two completely separate groups like they're the same thing. It's like saying all Whovians are Trekkies.

Which, sidenote, I'm a little insulted by a few of these posts, frankly. People keep talking about female otaku like they're not a serious thing. Especially the "female otakus mostly watch yaoi" thing. That's BS. There is as wide a range of interests for females as males in otakudom. We're not freaking bigfoot. We EXIST, DANG IT. And in incredibly decent numbers.
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Yes I guess that wasn't your original premise but you know how forum discussions start to wander off point. Otaku is generally not seen as a "good" thing... true. But like all things it evolves. Stereotypical is not really stereotypical. I am a geeky lover of anime. I'm not male. I follow the stereotype. I like almost all anime (okay tentacle porn is ewww, some mecha is boring, and magical girl shows ...*shudders*). I will watch almost anything a few times before I either continue to watch it or blow it off. Shows I love and know I'll watch again I buy when it's available in the U.S. (this includes manga of the series if there is one).

My family might think it a bit weird that I go to anime conventions and that my bedroom has wall scrolls of anime. But they don't live with me so it's okay. My niece has started watching anime and while I might feel weird when talking to her about yaoi (yes, I like that too and have some stuff that she's borrowed) it's all good.

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MewMewcherry01 wrote:


Which, sidenote, I'm a little insulted by a few of these posts, frankly. People keep talking about female otaku like they're not a serious thing. Especially the "female otakus mostly watch yaoi" thing. That's BS. There is as wide a range of interests for females as males in otakudom. We're not freaking bigfoot. We EXIST, DANG IT. And in incredibly decent numbers.


Someone is about to rally the cavalry here.




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I like almost all anime (okay tentacle porn is ewww, some mecha is boring, and magical girl shows ...*shudders*).



You just don't understand tentacle porn.
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luvduchovny wrote:
I like almost all anime (okay tentacle porn is ewww, some mecha is boring, and magical girl shows ...*shudders*).



You just don't understand tentacle porn.


Agreed. Some of that stuff is borderline art, man.
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