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What is Bara?

The bara genre of underground art is internationally known.


The word bara in Japanese (薔薇) literally means “rose” as in the flower. It is shortened from barazoku (薔薇族) which means “rose tribe”—a code phrase that mocked gay men in Japan as being sissies or effeminate. (See the very masculine bara gay male art model with the rose in his mouth featured in a series of tempting images.)
Yet, this was the name chosen proudly for a gay men’s magazine published in the Japanese language from 1971 until 2008. What became known as the bara genre has a distinctive focus upon depicting gay male same-sex feelings and sexual identity with masculine or muscular males—the polar opposite of sissies or effeminate men.
Created by males for other males, bara avoids pushing a false or idealistic narrative about romantic aspects in man-on-man love. Bara offers imagery and stories which depict man-on-man sexual behaviors realistically as capable of being violent and exploitative.

In contrast to the bara genre, the more vanilla works showing standard gay men falling in love with other standard gay men are a lot more safe and less emotionally challenging for the viewer and therefore the audience for that kind of material is larger than the audience for bara works.

In a specific effort to introduce gay men in my country to an awareness of the bara genre, I work within a US bara subgenre which emphasized American rather than Japanese culture, uses the English language, and features 100% all beefy men intended to appeal to a United States audience as well as other cultures in which English is the native language.





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