Why do women like Yaoi?

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Over the years, we have noticed a continued conversation about why women like yaoi. It’s a frequent blog topic, even ten years after the “yaoi revolution” in America, and appears to still be a hot issue with an air of mystery.

While the question of why straight men like f/f (lesbian) entertainment is dismissed as a simple matter of randy boys liking hot girls, the question of why women like yaoi gets a lot more focus.

People are paying far more attention to the reasons, as though there is a deep meaning behind the trend. Chances are, you’ve already heard the common explanations:

Wanting to escape traditional gender roles in romance.
The m/m adds drama and makes the romance more meaningful.
Women have the freedom of role-playing as either of the leads, not just the girl’s part.
Or, conversely, they can read about their ideal type of man in a safe space without having to read themselves into the story.
But we at Raythe Reign have another answer… one that might free you of society’s pressure to explain yourself. Our response is: who the hell cares?

We think there’s far too much introspection going on. For us, there is no great mystery. It’s entertainment! If you like men, romance, and stories, what’s not to like about well-written yaoi? You don’t need to justify reading about two men together any more than you need to justify a love of pizza or horror movies.

To us, m/m is just one aspect of a story — a flavor, like chai spice or rocky road or Cherries Garcia. The “ice cream” in question, of course, is the actual story and characters part. We think the best m/m gives people the whole sundae, not just the toppings.

Our members and readers tend to agree. We get a significant percentage of comments that go something like: “Even if there was no yaoi in it, I would still read this novel for the story,” or “I’m so glad to find that this is good storytelling, not just an excuse for sex.”

Our readers also fill out the gender spectrum. RR members include men, women, and those who are gender-fluid. We get people who like to read about male relationships and people who like a good action/adventure story.

We produce what we like, which is high-action and heroic supernatural stories with a generous helping of m/m flavored romance. And we believe that reading fiction should never be a “guilty pleasure.” What you choose to read for entertainment should not come with any pressure to rationalize, explain, or otherwise apologize for it.

Why do women like yaoi? Because they like it. End of story.

Until next time!
– Raythe Reign Team

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