Approaching the yuri genre; Japanese pop music artistic culture’s stories of women’s same-sex love and desire using the motive of finding (and maybe borrowing) visual tropes of physical closeness – from skinship to intercourse, adds one further perspective towards a currently contested genre. Classifying tales and representational techniques in accordance with imputed audience’s gaze is apparently the way that is simplest at first to try and winnow away clearly exploitative girl-on-girl-action porn that has been custom-built for horny guys’ instant needs and never much else. From here in, it gets complicated.
An array of visitors, including right dudes could form a style for light romantic melodrama which yuri does perfectly, hence steering clear of the want to slip into bookstores during the night to shop for Harlequin romances. Neither should we discount the benefit of viewing the key character(s) progress via a shadow-of-lesbian (if not semi-realistic lesbian) bildungsroman, specially when we could cheer the character(s) on from a secure distance that is emotional. I’ve speculated on yuri as a niche site for this kind of expanded take regarding the iyasheki impact, even while this psychological distance risks trivialising real lesbian subjectivities. Continue reading “Too Het #3: ”There are just girls only at that school””