Flower Tribes and Female Desire: Complicating Early Female Consumption of Male Homosexuality in Shōjo Manga

  title={Flower Tribes and Female Desire: Complicating Early Female Consumption of Male Homosexuality in Shōjo Manga},
  author={James Welker},
  pages={211 - 228}
  • J. Welker
  • Published 2011
  • Psychology, Physics
  • Mechademia
Shonenai (boys' love) manga is not about homosexuality. Or at least, many critics, scholars, and artists of shojo (girls') manga, of which shoneriai is a subgenre, have long denied a connection between "real homosexuality" and these narratives, which depict beautiful adolescent males in romantic and/ or sexual relationships with each other.1 Multiple functions have been ascribed to the shoneriai genre, created by and for females, and the bishdnen (beautiful boy) characters who serve as… Expand
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