Bara Gay Male Art: Aggressive Behaviors

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What to look for: You should evaluate for yourself what type of man you see depicted by an artist within this genre. Does the man look strong? Does he also look vulnerable? Does his expression convey his fears or does he conceal his feelings? What does his physical appearance (muscles, physical health, etc.) tell you about him? Can you imagine yourself being in the situation or scenario that you see him in? Are you aware of the historical or cultural origins of the depictions you are viewing?

Worth collecting?: Is there a street value of this particular art? Is the art mainly available in galleries or museums? Is the art accessible to you where you live other than online?

What are your feelings when viewing this art?: What emotional responses do you have when you see a particular visual work? Do you find what you see arousing? What were you expecting to feel when you approached this art? What meanings do you assign to what you see depicted?


Aggressive Behaviors

Since the bara genre makes use of stoytelling themes drawn from traditions of BDSM and non-consensual sex, the presence of a character's aggressive behaviors should not take anyone by surprise. Such storytelling within the bara genre may grow organically from relationships based upon the ages of the characters, their status, or perhaps the power dynamics between characters. Within the bara genre viewers should expect an older character or one with a higher status to use a younger character (perhaps against his will) in decidedly subordinate ways and especially for sexually conquering him. One should never expect bara images or stories to focus upon romantic and consentual love or sexual activities between men who are equals.

Illustration by Ulf

Keep in mind here that this discussion is about images within the bara genre of underground art. This is not an attempt to promote or encourage male aggressive and/or anti-social behaviors in real life. You should come to realize that artists who create images within the bara genre are non-violent and pro-social members of society.

Illustration by Varcolac

All artists aim to elicit some particular emotional response from a viewer. Do not perceive that art is intended to just be there for viewers to look at. Art is for getting you, the viewer, to feel some specific emotional response after what you see in an image. This is the essential, silently agreed-upon relationship between artist and viewer that has existed for centuries. You should not spend any time asking why an artist chose to depict something particular in an image. Instead, you should focus upon what you think the artist was attempting to get you to feel when you viewed their image.

Illustration by Roa

Once you grasp the core purpose of the work of a bara genre artist is to get you to respond emotionally, you will have the exactly right perspective. The artist may not be angry or cruel or insane. The artist works to get you, the viewer, to respond emotionally, not intellectually or logically.

Illustration by Greasetank
Illustration by Bondageskin

If nothing else is true, the artist works to trick the viewer by manipulating the depiction in ways that defy expectations. How such images impact the viewer may be totally subjective based on what's in the mind of the beholder. It is also true that the specific emotional responses a viewer has to particular bara art genre images invites discussion and evaluation.

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Disclaimer: As guided by section 107 of the US Copyright Law, here you will find images which have not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner for posting. Images are made available in particular for instructional and educational purposes to train or coach or mentor viewers regarding the available ways for creating visual art. Specifically, images are presented to explain and evaluate or critique issues, procedures and techniques evident in the work of artists so that viewers will be encouraged to express themselves by creating their own visual works.

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