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Saturday, January 13, 2007 |
( 1/13/2007 09:48:00 AM ) Bill S.
NOT SUCH A DUMB QUESTION, AFTER ALL – Dirk Deppey gives a flippant reply to the blog discussion of why-no-fat-guys-in-boy-love-manga by joking that it's the same reason there "isn't much demand for 83-year-old porn starlets, I would imagine." And while I get his basic point (to most mainstream readers, fat is as unappealing as extreme age*), I don't think he fully answers the question. In the gay community, after all, there is a sub-grouping of chubby chasers attracted to the fuller male form – much as there is within the straight community (only there they self-refer to each other as "fat admirers"). And while I suspect it's largely an underground deal, there is erotic manga devoted to pursuing chubby women (an ish of The Comics Journal even contained an ad for an English-language manga collection called Chubby, though the publisher putting it out no longer appears to have a website), so why not comics devoted to boy-and-chubbier-boy? Yes, I know that yaoi is heavily directed at the female audience, but there are also female fat admirers in this country, and I suspect that there might also be one or two in Japan, too. I could be wrong, of course, since I have an extremely limited understanding of the yaoi phenom . . .
*I'd disagree with that aesthetic premise, of course, but that's neither here nor there.