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Boys' Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous IdolsQueer Fan Cultures in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan$
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Maud Lavin, Ling Yang, and Jing Jamie Zhao

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390809

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390809.001.0001

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Girls Who Love Boys’ Love

Girls Who Love Boys’ Love

BL as Goods to Think with in Taiwan (with a Revised and Updated Coda)

Chapter:
(p.195) 10 Girls Who Love Boys’ Love
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Boys' Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous Idols
Author(s):

Fran Martin

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888390809.003.0011

Based on interviews with 30 female readers of BL (Boys’ Love) manga in Taipei, this chapter analyzes the BL scene in Taiwan from the perspective of its social utility as a discursive arena enabling women collectively to think through transforming social ideologies around gender and sexuality. This form of participatory pop culture is most interesting, the author argues, not because of any unilateral subversiveness vis-à-vis culturally dominant understandings of (feminine) gender or (homo)sexuality. Rather, it is important in providing a space for the collective articulation of young women’s in-process thinking on these questions. The chapter also engages with the Japaneseness of the genre as consumed in Taiwan in order to consider the imaginative function that its perceived cultural “otherness” performs.

Keywords:   BL, Boys’ Love Manga, Gender, Japaneseness, Sexuality, Taiwan

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