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Okabe, Daisuke and Kimi Ishida. "Making Fujoshi Identity Visible and Invisible." Fandom Unbound. Otaku Culture in a Connected World. Eds. Misuki Ito, Daisuke Okabe and Izumi Tsuji. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2012. 207–24. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.12987/9780300178265-012
BibTeX citation key: Okabe2012a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Fandom, Gender, Japan, Manga
Creators: Ishida, Ito, Okabe, Tsuji
Publisher: Yale Univ. Press (New Haven)
Collection: Fandom Unbound. Otaku Culture in a Connected World
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In this chapter, we analyze the identity construction of female otaku. More specifically, we examine the practices of otaku whose interests center on anime and manga and who create doujinshi (fan-created manga). More females than males are otaku of this type. These women refer to themselves by the playfully self-critical term fujoshi. The term literally means “rotten women” and is a pun playing on the homonym with different Chinese characters that means “respectable women.” Broadly speaking, “fujoshi” describes all female otaku, but the term often refers more specifically to female otaku who are fans of yaoi and “boys’ love” (BL) manga and anime that portray gay relationships between men. Yaoi doujin and BL novels are considered deviant works in opposition to mainstream commercial manga and novels. The stigma attached to this subcultural identity means that fujoshi manage the expression and concealment of their identity in unique ways. This chapter focuses on these characteristics of fujoshi identity construction.
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