December 09, 2014

I've discovered a new Illuminati!

I think I know the truth about the recent hysteria regarding campus rape. It's...

Fat YAOI fangirls!

Their sinister plot is to make it so terrifying and risky to be a heterosexual male that all the guys will give up on women and turn to each other for comfort. And then the Fat YAOI fangirls will have achieved in the real world the fantasy they had been reading about!

Explains a lot, doesn't it?

UPDATE: I assume most of my readers know this, but やおい yaoi is a Japanese acronym for yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi which means "no climax, no point, no meaning". So even the Japanese are contemptuous of it. What is it? It's the term for mangas about male homosexuals, aka "boy's love". And in Japan the main audience for yaoi is middle-aged married women. In America the stereotype is that it's girls in their teens and twenties who are overweight, hence "fat YAOI fangirls". As a group they're known for wandering around anime conventions carrying YAOI paddles, and quite frankly I don't want to know why.

Every group of freaky fans has someone they look down on ("Yeah, we're strange, but those guys are really strange!"), and for most otaku it would be furries. But I think even furries look down on fat YAOI fangirls. 

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Engineer's Disease at 01:13 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 "We are community... We are joined by our love of anime..."

BTW, did you hear of furries gassed in Chicago yesterday?

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 09, 2014 07:53 PM (RqRa5)

2 That was definitely strange. I like to laugh at furries, but I can't imagine anyone harboring that kind of animus towards them.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 09, 2014 08:10 PM (+rSRq)

3 I wouldn't say the Japanese are contemptuous of it. One of the biggest groups of fans of yaoi are fujoshi (lit. rotten girl) schoolgirls.

Posted by: muon at December 09, 2014 09:45 PM (XIprt)

4 There used to be a Canadian webcomic, the name of which I forgot. It had some weaboo themes, and looked like less successful Megatokyo at times, although it was colored. At one point, they had a strip about the local university where a security person (or a cop) bursts into the station and yells: "Furries are revolting!" The chief answers: "They sure are!". Cop: "No, I mean they are protesting." Chief: "Kent State those bastards!" Cop: "Umm, Chief, don't you think...?" Chief: "Oh, sorry. It's just that... Furries killed my family."

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 09, 2014 10:06 PM (RqRa5)

5

I wouldn't saythe Japanese are contemptuous of it.

Whoever created that acronym sure wasn't demonstrating respect!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 09, 2014 10:36 PM (+rSRq)

6 Apparently it was used by Osamu Tezuka for low quality manga, and yaoi fans appropriated it like they did fujoshi. It can also mean that it's easier to understand than shonen-ai by avoiding complicated plots. I think it might also refer that the protagonists can't get married and raise a family, the traditional happy ending. 

Posted by: muon at December 09, 2014 11:14 PM (XIprt)

7 Understand that the social difference between a "traditional" otaku and a fujoshi is slicin' damn thin from the perspective of a normal person, even in Japan. Yaoi is pretty far down the geek pecking order here mostly due to the usual religious "gay sex is teh bad" influence. In Japan it's... not accepted, no, but not specifically weirder than regular anime fandom.

Yaoi isn't a respectful acronym, but "otaku" itself was (and is) a degrading term, as well as "fujoshi", which I'm sure I don't need to explain. I'm sure that you can think of a certain racial epithet which is used primarily by the group whom it used to target here in the US; anime fan adoption of those terms in Japan is a parallel dynamic.

As for the rest of it, I may have lost about 20 pounds, but I'm still 60 or so too heavy to go callin' anyone fat. Certainly the proportion of "overweight yaoi fangirl" to "not-overweight yaoi fangirl" is probably smaller than the likewise ratio for us guy fans. (When I'd go to cons in the late '90s and the hotel had staff going around with backpack tanks of Febreze, it wasn't the girls that had caused the stank!)

The paddles are a marketing gimmick by one particular vendor, who has the habit of calling out "YAOOOOOOIIIIIII, GET YER RED HOT YAOOOOOOIIIIII" in the middle of the dealer's room. The guy's practically an institution at this point.

Funny enough, Stacy McCain has been doing a series of blog posts on the proportion of homosexuals (and the mentally ill) among radical feminist theorists...

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at December 10, 2014 01:18 AM (ZeBdf)

8 I stopped watching CSI after their episode on 'furries'. I was already leaning away after the episode with the guy in the diaper. 

Posted by: Tom Hazlewood at January 29, 2015 06:21 PM (PEHrj)

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