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From the department of research-related things that happened while I was too busy to remember I have a journal... The latest issue of Transformative Works and Cultures contains a book review by me of Boys' love manga: essays on the sexual ambiguity and cross-cultural fandom of the genre (ed. Antonia Levi, Mark McHarry, and Dru Pagliassotti). Like most academic books, this one contained a few weaker chapters, but I found it very informative in general. It puts a nice amount of emphasis on fan-related topics, which is why I'd heartily recommend it to English-language fan studies researchers who want to find out more about yaoi/boys' love -although nothing beats actually reading some, of course.

(Random e-book note: the Kindle edition of this book costs half as much as the print edition, $19.25, but that price still made me go "whoa" for a second. I've been conditioned to tolerate e-book prices up until $13 or so. Anything above that makes me think twice about purchasing something.)
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Dan Kanemitsu has a great post up about why the proposed Tokyo ban of depictions of "nonexistent youth" in sexual situations is dangerous nonsense. Discussion about this proposed legislation has only been postponed at this point, and the city of Osaka has apparently decided they want to appear vigilant as well (and will engage in added vigilance by regulating women's comics and boys' love/yaoi. Thank heavens someone realizes that women's expressions of sexuality need extra policing! </sarcasm>).

Getting up in arms about nonexistent children seems to be a real trend these days. A similar law has gone live in the UK only a few days ago. With the February sentencing of US citizen Christopher Handley for possessing “obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children" and Australia recently mulling criminalization of viewing or linking to online depictions of what might be nonexistent children in sexual situations, it almost looks as if countries are egging each other on to see who can look toughest on child pornography.
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Originally published at Academic FFF. You can comment here or there.

I'm still working through the batch of over a hundred new Snape-as-a-main-character Harry Potter dojinshi I bought in July, but once more, it seems all of them are yaoi. Now, I didn't do this on purpose. Really. I specifically went looking for het HP dojinshi with Snape in them in Toranoana and other shops that cater to a male clientele, because I know there are het HP dojinshi out there. I've seen them on the net. They weren't in the shops. Not anymore, the friendly sales clerks said. The female-oriented shops still had shelves and shelves of HP dojinshi, the vast majority of them yaoi.

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