I have been fascinated with the Japanese manga and anime version of guy on guy love in the genres Shonen Ai (boys love) or Yaoi (more explicit guy on guy action. These genres are made for women and girls by women and go hand in hand with J-Pop and K-Pop boy bands that are made up of very androgynous guys. In the US this has been adopted and was first shown in the rise of slash ficyion which used to fantasize about action between charactrers like Spock and Kirk . Now there is fan fiction which imagines relationships between favorite YouTube idols they ship (promote a relationship) and relationships between characters on TV and boy band members. So read this article and have your mind expanded as girls fantasize that two One Direction members are in love with one of them pregnant! Like the fan art bellow imagining breakfast between Harry and Louis aka Larry. Continue reading this essay from OWEN PARRY by following the link at the bottom of this post…
There is perhaps nothing more “normal” than teen girls fantasizing about boy-on-boy relationships and male pregnancy.
Prompt 1: The desiring fangirl reproduces heteronormative ideals through the creation of fluffy, cutesy, day-in-the-life-of fictions of boy-on-boy romance, domesticity, and male pregnancy. But while appearing to uphold norms à la homonormativity, some fan fictions “open possibilities for resignifying the terms of violation against their violating aims” (Judith Butler). On reproducing and accelerating what is given to be “norm,” the fangirl envisions a post-homonormative life, or so this story goes…
“Welcome to a new world order! Coming soon to a mainstream near you.” This is where Lisa Duggan leaves us in her 2002 essay “The New Homonormativity: The Sexual Politics of Neoliberalism,” which examines an emerging politics after “gay liberation.” Instead of contesting dominant heteronormative ideologies and institutions, this new homonormativity upholds and sustains them. Duggan’s examples include the work of lesbian and gay organizations in the 90s such as the Independent Gay Forum (IGF) and writers like Andrew Sullivan, author of Virtually Normal, who argued that marriage is “the highest form of human happiness,” “a profoundly humanizing, traditionalizing step” and “ultimately the only reform that truly matters.” Duggan’s discourse focuses on showing how homonormativity abandons earlier political commitments to economic redistribution and protection of sexual freedoms by marginalizing those who challenge serial monogamy and those who feel oppressed by a binary gender or sex system – including transgender, bisexual, pansexual, and intersex people.
Since then, much of the discussion on homonormativity surveys the ways in which it intersects with white privilege, capitalism, sexism, transmisogyny, and cissexism by veering for acceptance within economic and political systems in its quest for equality. Now, well over a decade after this “new world order” and since legal endorsements of gay marriage in the mainstream, the normative and family-oriented political agendas of the IGF are easily reinforced in domestic partnerships, adoption, and gender-normative social roles. And while homonormativity is reproduced and consumed through a growing number of commercial television series, its incorporation (by mostly teenage girls) into the sub-genres of fan art and fan fiction might offer opportunities for its simultaneous assimilation and sublimation.
Continue reading this essay here at The New Inquiry: