5. What do you think are the biggest public misconceptions about BL/Yaoi?
Addis’ Answer: Yaoi or BL, in general, are stories typically written by women for women. So one of the biggest misconceptions of BL is that most people who have never heard of BL or yaoi believe that every character in the series is automatically homosexual. However, the characters typically do not identify as homosexual, and only in recent years have there been characters who directly “come out” as being gay. The characters in BL are more neutrally in love with a particular character as opposed to being of a certain sexual orientation.
Interestingly enough, maybe it’s because BL is mainly written by women, most BL avoids misogyny, female stereotypes, and sometimes abusive treatment of female characters in sexual scenes. (This doesn’t include the males that are now in the female places.) It may also be why m-preg or omegaverse series came to be, to add more elements to the series to give the female readers more points to connect to the main characters with.
I also think a big misconception is the fact that there is a difference between Shounen-ai and yaoi. While shonen-ai, directly translated into Boy’s Love (BL), is typically a story that has no sex scenes and sometimes even no kissing, where yaoi has detailed images or descriptions of the sex scenes. Yaoi is an acronym that stands for: yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi (no climax, no point, and no meaning), basically the manga or novels that have no plot and are only there for the sexy times as blatant gay hentai.