via: BBC News
Japan is crazy about manga. You’ll find anime and book stores stocked to the brim with loads of titles. You can even purchase manga from random convenience stores on the street like Family Mart and Lawson’s.
There is an interesting sub-genre of manga that deals with homosexual romantic pairings among male characters. Catagorised as “Yaoi”, but more affectionately nicknamed “Boy Love”, or BL for short, it’s incredibly popular among Japanese female readers. Female fans of yaoi comics are called “Fujoshi” 「腐女子 」。
I love browsing random books in the library or bookshop. It’s one of my favourite hobbies since I was a kid. I learned very quickly though, that browsing through the BL section as a guy, will get you lots of weird giggles and stares from fujoshi customers.
After reading this feature, I finally know where BL originated from — in the 1970s, thanks to a daring author who was brave enough to produce something unique.
Long before America’s wave of LGBT rights and social-media feminism started, it was Japan who did it first through comics.