History Analysis / YuriGenre

29th Sep '17 5:21:41 AM gwennie-chan
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Sometimes both partners make a SuicidePact because they'd rather be TogetherInDeath than torn apart. Sometimes, to preserve her or both their lives, one of the partners will coldly sever the relationship that [[SpurnedIntoSuicide her dying anyway]]. Other times, a partner will [[SuicideForOthersHappiness kill herself so hopefully her partner can find happiness in the future]]. Regardless, there's a lot of TheMourningAfter that can be found.

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Sometimes both partners make a SuicidePact because they'd rather be TogetherInDeath than torn apart. Sometimes, to preserve her their or both their lives, one of the partners will coldly sever the relationship that eventually results in [[SpurnedIntoSuicide her dying anyway]].one or both ending their lives]]. Other times, a partner will [[SuicideForOthersHappiness kill herself so hopefully her partner can find happiness in the future]]. Regardless, there's a lot of TheMourningAfter that can be found.
29th Sep '17 5:15:32 AM gwennie-chan
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* MagicAndPowers: Commonly used. One or both characters have some special power, ability, destiny, or whatever, so it's okay if they break social taboos because they're "special", sometimes phrased as they're "not human". It's essentially a way to write a {{justified|trope}} IfItsYourItsOkay trope.

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* MagicAndPowers: Commonly used. One or both characters have some special power, ability, destiny, or whatever, so it's okay if they break social taboos because they're "special", sometimes phrased as they're "not human". It's essentially a way to write a {{justified|trope}} IfItsYourItsOkay IfItsYouItsOkay trope.
29th Sep '17 5:15:15 AM gwennie-chan
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* MagicAndPowers: Commonly used. One or both characters have some special power, ability, destiny, or whatever, so it's okay if they break social taboos because they're "special", sometimes phrased as they're "not human". If it's only one of the partners that has it, it's IfItsYouItsOkay, but if it's both partners, it's "If It's Us, It's Okay".

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* MagicAndPowers: Commonly used. One or both characters have some special power, ability, destiny, or whatever, so it's okay if they break social taboos because they're "special", sometimes phrased as they're "not human". If it's only one of the partners that has it, it's IfItsYouItsOkay, but if it's both partners, it's "If It's Us, It's Okay".essentially a way to write a {{justified|trope}} IfItsYourItsOkay trope.



Of course, these all pale in comparison to Japan's own culturally built-in tolerances for girl-girl relationships - the RomanticTwoGirlFriendship. This social institution says it's natural and allowable for girls to have ''"special"'' romantic relationships growing up, provided they don't get sexual, as long as they [[LetsJustBeFriends go back]] to JustFriends by adulthood. This is allowed is partially due to gender roles - specifically that girls aren't naturally experienced with romance or sexuality - thus, [[RelativelyFlimsyExcuse it's okay if they "practice" being in a relationship so they're better prepared for their heterosexual dating future]].

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Of course, these all pale in comparison to Japan's own culturally built-in tolerances for girl-girl relationships - the RomanticTwoGirlFriendship. This social institution says it's natural and allowable for girls to have ''"special"'' romantic relationships growing up, provided they don't get sexual, as long as they [[LetsJustBeFriends go back]] to JustFriends by adulthood. This is allowed is partially in particular due to gender roles - specifically that girls aren't naturally experienced with romance or sexuality - thus, [[RelativelyFlimsyExcuse it's okay if they "practice" being in a relationship so they're better prepared for their heterosexual dating future]].
future]]. It is also encouraged because a ''"special"'' (read: fake) relationship between girls is better than allowing heterosexual dating to commence before parental approval.
14th Sep '17 5:49:11 PM gwennie-chan
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* StudentTeacherRelationship: The teacher role is another position that invokes the same dynamics of OneHeadTaller, OneeSama, and {{Seme}}. Generally the teacher is given the "masculine" role due to being older, more experienced, active, and dominant. The student role is usually given the "feminine" role because of youth, inexperience, inactivity, and submissiveness.

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* StudentTeacherRelationship: TeacherStudentRomance: The teacher role is another position that invokes the same dynamics of OneHeadTaller, OneeSama, and {{Seme}}. Generally the teacher is given the "masculine" role due to being older, more experienced, active, and dominant. The student role is usually given the "feminine" role because of youth, inexperience, inactivity, and submissiveness.
14th Sep '17 5:48:07 PM gwennie-chan
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The Traditional Formula utilizes many tropes that draw curious and often obvious parallels to common societal assumptions about heterosexual couples. Due to anatomical differences resulting from sexual dimorphism, the average male and the average female appear different, and Traditional Formula tropes often exploit this as well. It's important to mention that traditional heterosexist dynamics imply a lot of sexism and traditional gender roles. These traditional roles originate from Asian cultures' general reliance on patriarchal dynamics: men are leaders, intellectuals, experienced, active, dominant, and sexually aggressive; women are followers, artisans, inexperienced, passive, submissive, and sexually receptive.

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The Traditional Formula utilizes many tropes that draw curious and often obvious parallels to common societal assumptions about heterosexual couples. Due to anatomical differences resulting from sexual dimorphism, the average male and the average female appear different, and Traditional Formula tropes often exploit this as well. It's important to mention that traditional heterosexist dynamics imply a lot of sexism and traditional gender roles. These traditional roles originate from Asian cultures' general reliance on patriarchal dynamics: men are leaders, intellectuals, experienced, active, dominant, better with age, and sexually aggressive; women are followers, artisans, inexperienced, passive, submissive, better with youth, and sexually receptive.




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* StudentTeacherRelationship: The teacher role is another position that invokes the same dynamics of OneHeadTaller, OneeSama, and {{Seme}}. Generally the teacher is given the "masculine" role due to being older, more experienced, active, and dominant. The student role is usually given the "feminine" role because of youth, inexperience, inactivity, and submissiveness.
13th Sep '17 10:40:57 PM gwennie-chan
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The {{downer ending}} is common for Traditional Formula yuri. Because of the deadline on socially-acceptable yuri ([[AC:See previous section]]), either the couple ends it themselves or ThePowersThatBe generally decide to end it for them in more tragic means. Ensuing drama from couples that refuse to separate often results in [[ForcedOutOfTheCloset forced outing]], forced separation by parents, guardians, or overseers, and [[BuryYourGays often death]] of one or both partners. Sometimes both partners make a SuicidePact because they'd rather be TogetherInDeath than torn apart.

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The {{downer ending}} is common for Traditional Formula yuri. Because of the deadline on socially-acceptable yuri ([[AC:See previous section]]), either the couple ends it themselves or ThePowersThatBe generally decide to end it for them in more tragic means. Ensuing drama from couples that refuse to separate often results in [[ForcedOutOfTheCloset forced outing]], forced separation by parents, guardians, or overseers, and [[BuryYourGays often death]] of one or both partners. partners.

Sometimes both partners make a SuicidePact because they'd rather be TogetherInDeath than torn apart.apart. Sometimes, to preserve her or both their lives, one of the partners will coldly sever the relationship that [[SpurnedIntoSuicide her dying anyway]]. Other times, a partner will [[SuicideForOthersHappiness kill herself so hopefully her partner can find happiness in the future]]. Regardless, there's a lot of TheMourningAfter that can be found.

The pervasiveness of death or separation before allowing a happy same-gender relationship speaks to just how virulent Japan's homophobia can be, has been, and sometimes still is. However, things are changing, and more and more same-gender relationships in JapaneseMedia are given HappilyEverAfter. It's important to note that the fates of these characters are indicative of the Japanese populace's acceptance of QueerRomance, so we should watch closely in the future to see how things progress.
13th Sep '17 10:27:37 PM gwennie-chan
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The {{downer ending}} is common for Traditional Formula yuri. Because of the deadline on socially-acceptable yuri ([[AC:See previous section]]), either the couple ends it themselves or ThePowersThatBe generally decide to end it for them in more tragic means. Ensuing drama from couples that refuse to separate often results in [[ForcedOutOfTheCloset forced outing]], forced separation by parents, guardians, or overseers, and [[BuryYourGays often death]] of one or both partners.

Sometimes the

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The {{downer ending}} is common for Traditional Formula yuri. Because of the deadline on socially-acceptable yuri ([[AC:See previous section]]), either the couple ends it themselves or ThePowersThatBe generally decide to end it for them in more tragic means. Ensuing drama from couples that refuse to separate often results in [[ForcedOutOfTheCloset forced outing]], forced separation by parents, guardians, or overseers, and [[BuryYourGays often death]] of one or both partners.

partners. Sometimes the both partners make a SuicidePact because they'd rather be TogetherInDeath than torn apart.
13th Sep '17 10:22:32 PM gwennie-chan
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* {{Seme}}/{{Uke}}: For the "masculine" partner and "feminine" partner respectively. Fitting neatly into gender roles.



Of course, these all pale in comparison to Japan's own culturally built-in tolerances for girl-girl relationships - the RomanticTwoGirlFriendship. This social institution says it's natural and allowable for girls to have ''"special"'' romantic relationships growing up, provided they don't get sexual, as long as they [[LetsJustBeFriends go back to being friends]] by adulthood. This is allowed is partially due to gender roles - specifically that girls aren't naturally experienced with romance or sexuality - thus, [[RelativelyFlimsyExcuse it's okay if they "practice" being in a relationship so they're better prepared for their heterosexual dating future]].

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Of course, these all pale in comparison to Japan's own culturally built-in tolerances for girl-girl relationships - the RomanticTwoGirlFriendship. This social institution says it's natural and allowable for girls to have ''"special"'' romantic relationships growing up, provided they don't get sexual, as long as they [[LetsJustBeFriends go back back]] to being friends]] JustFriends by adulthood. This is allowed is partially due to gender roles - specifically that girls aren't naturally experienced with romance or sexuality - thus, [[RelativelyFlimsyExcuse it's okay if they "practice" being in a relationship so they're better prepared for their heterosexual dating future]].


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The {{downer ending}} is common for Traditional Formula yuri. Because of the deadline on socially-acceptable yuri ([[AC:See previous section]]), either the couple ends it themselves or ThePowersThatBe generally decide to end it for them in more tragic means. Ensuing drama from couples that refuse to separate often results in [[ForcedOutOfTheCloset forced outing]], forced separation by parents, guardians, or overseers, and [[BuryYourGays often death]] of one or both partners.

Sometimes the
13th Sep '17 10:06:19 PM gwennie-chan
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When one considers "traditional" society, something OlderThanSteam, often somewhere present in that culture is some from of UsefulNotes/{{Homophobia}}, whether subtle or virulent. Since people who like [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} the same gender as them]] or [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} both of the primary genders]] have [[OlderThanDirt been around for a long time]], historians can often see clear separation between the rights and privileges of heterosexual couples versus [[QueerRomance queer couples]].

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When one considers "traditional" society, something OlderThanSteam, often somewhere present in that culture is some from of UsefulNotes/{{Homophobia}}, whether subtle or virulent. Since people who like [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} the same gender as them]] or [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} both of the primary genders]] have [[OlderThanDirt been around for a long time]], historians can often see clear separation between the rights and privileges of heterosexual couples versus [[QueerRomance queer couples]].
{{queer romance}}s.





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\nThese promises become even more poignant within the Traditional Formula. Many of the [[OneGenderSchool girls-only]] ElaborateUniversityHigh [[BoardingSchool boarding]] academies prominent in traditional yuri are essentially RichPeople {{housewife}} incubators for {{ojou}}s that have [[ArrangedMarriage marriages lined up]] after graduation.
13th Sep '17 9:44:33 PM gwennie-chan
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* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: One of the most classic excuses. The "masculine" partner, often a {{bifauxnen}}, is very popular around the school because she looks and/or acts like a prince. If so many girls want her, it's not really that bad if our "femme" character to pursue her love interest, right?

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* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: One of the most classic excuses. The "masculine" partner, often a {{bifauxnen}}, is very popular around the school because she [[{{Bishonen}} looks and/or acts like a prince.princely boy]]. If so many girls want her, it's not really that bad if our "femme" character to pursue her love interest, right?




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* OneGenderRace: There are no or very few boys alive. Maybe they [[AlternateUniverse never were]]? Maybe they [[{{Gendercide}} died out]]? Doesn't matter. If there's no boys, naturally it's okay for girls to love and be in relationships with each other! It's probably a FeministFantasy by now!

!!!Special Tolerances
Of course, these all pale in comparison to Japan's own culturally built-in tolerances for girl-girl relationships - the RomanticTwoGirlFriendship. This social institution says it's natural and allowable for girls to have ''"special"'' romantic relationships growing up, provided they don't get sexual, as long as they [[LetsJustBeFriends go back to being friends]] by adulthood. This is allowed is partially due to gender roles - specifically that girls aren't naturally experienced with romance or sexuality - thus, [[RelativelyFlimsyExcuse it's okay if they "practice" being in a relationship so they're better prepared for their heterosexual dating future]].

It's also common to have a girl-girl couple push the boundaries of this tolerant allowance. Maybe they've already had sex. Maybe they kiss a lot. Maybe they've admited to each other that they're [[UsefulNotes/{{Homosexual}} lesbian]] or [[UsefulNotes/{{Bisexual}} bisexual]]. How can the author reel back the often-adverse Japanese populace? Simple, a PinkySwear.

Japanese characters generally know what Japanese people are told they're supposed to do by society ([[AC:See Preface]]). So the characters are written to make a PinkySwear promise that despite loving each other and wanting to continue their relationship, they'll [[ShipSinking sink their own ship]] when they [[ComingOfAge become adults]]. This deadline for this is usually high school (or sometimes college) graduation.


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