Motives and Themes: Bara Men
USA Version of Bara
I am one of a small number of gay men outside of Asia who create works within a USA version of the bara genre, which originated in Japan during the 1950s.
You will discover that I am a gay male who sees things in this life from a different perspective than some other gay males. My storytelling approach in text and in 3D digital art is to focus on highly masculine men who are sexually attracted to other men who also are highly masculine.
I also choose to depict the linkage between violence and sex—a controversial choice on my part. Personally, I do not enjoy the boy-meets-boy-and-falls-in love kind of storytelling that is very prominent and popular within the gay male community today. I prefer to focus instead upon gay males who are mature in life and who are wise in the ways of the world.
This creative choice I have made means that I pay attention to gay males who are around age 30 and older in contrast to a typical focus by other artists upon younger flamboyant and effeminate gay men—probably the most identifiable and stereotypical gay men across a wide variety of cultures here in the present day.
No Feminized Men Here
Throughout this website you will find very specific opinions that I state directly about outward behaviors and speech of some gay men. I am referring to how I call attention to gay men in the specific context of masculine men behaviors versus feminized men behaviors.
Butch versus Fem
In the English language we have the words butch and fem that are commonly used to describe these very visible and recognizable attributes in gay men. I am not attempting to be politically incorrect when I call attention to these attributes and my choice as an author and illustrator to steer clear of feminized men behaviors and speech. I am simply stating what is commonly observable in the 21st century.
The concept of sissyphobia—a dominant norm in worldwide culture today that disparages effeminate men—is easily found wherever gay men are found. If you want to learn more, read one author’s 2001 book about why some gay men are more effeminate while others are more masculine, and, why society tends to find effeminate gay men objectionable.
Observations made about masculine males versus feminized males date back to Ancient Greece, where same-sex relationships were a basic element of that civilization and culture.
There is ongoing debate about whether gay men are being compelled to adopt masculine male behaviors and speech versus feminized male behaviors and speech.
As an author and illustrator I choose to focus my attention and creative efforts on masculine male behaviors and speech without any attempt to address what is a gay man’s true self as outwardly demonstrated in real life by his choices in how he speaks or how he behaves.
I have read some commentaries online from gay men who defend behaving in feminine ways. The claim usually is made that gay men who behave in feminine ways are attempting to make a statement and to feel empowered by their choice to behave in feminine ways. I have to admit how seeing it from that perspective (making a statement, and, feeling empowered) gives the choice to behave in feminine ways a powerful political context.
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