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Pretty, feminine boys gallery
Some of you may have come across the sexy nerd and emo/scene girls and wondered, that’s great, but what about the boys? And needless to say, boys are not alone in the fetishizing of the opposite gender. Girls are just as guilty.
But as in all things, men and women are very different. Where men focus on specifics: glasses, hairstyles, body parts, women look for a more overall package.
The primary sexual fascination of the internet girl is with cute, pretty, androgynous boys. And to be honest, who could blame them? It’s no secret that men got the short end of the stick when God was doling out the sexy gene. So it’s no surprise that women should fantasize about a best of both worlds situation, a female man. The pretty feminine boy is also sought after because he is a rare treasure. He’s unusual and unique.
In japan, there is an entire subculture built around them. These feminine boys are called, ‘bishonen.’ Bishonen can be actors, rockers and anime characters and through the recent dissemination of Japanese pop culture into the rest of the world, this particular fascination has been picked up by fan girls worldwide.
A bishonen is generally tall, graceful and has long, flowing hair, pale skin, large eyes, a small nose, and, more often than not, is often mistaken to be a woman.
A further subculture of the bishonen scene is “Yaoi.” Yaoi is an entire world you didn’t know existed that revolves around fetishizing not just pretty boys, but pretty boys in love with other pretty boys, (in other words, homosexuality). Comics and television shows are written with this audience in mind. And women submersed within the yaoi world create artistic fanfictions of their favourite characters in fantasy homosexual situations. A common example would be to see a girl write a story about Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy putting aside their differences and falling in love.
The androgynous rocker boy.
Gackt is the most feminine male singer in the entire world. He’s a Japanese pop rocker with a whole legion of fans who love him purely for his androgynous good looks, his singing be damned. His music is a blend of the more bubblegum-y jpop sounds from singers such as Ayumi and Japanese alt-rock, which of course mirrors his blended male/female appearance.
Bill Kaulitz, lead singer of the alt rock band, Tokio Hotel, is Europe’s answer to Gackt. So pretty, he could easily pass for a girl, Bill and Tokio Hotel have recently risen to fame thanks to youtube and the internet. From an unknown German band with trite rock sounds to a world touring super act with thousand of screaming (female) fans. Tokio Hotel recently won an MTV video award for best new act. In the opinion of this newspaper man, it wasn’t because of the really good music.
The pretty feminine boy in anime/manga
The bishonen is so ubiquitous, it could probably warrant its own article. They generally appear in works written with women in mind (in a genre called Shojo). The comic writing group, CLAMP, is perhaps best known for their legion of bishonen characters. Kamui, from their comic, “X/1999” is often considered the prettiest boy in the anime/manga culture.
Other prominent examples are Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII, Zelos Wilder from Tales of Symphonia and pretty much the entire cast of Weiss Kruz, Fruits Basket and Ouran Host Club.
The television star
Matsumoto Jun, colloquially known as Matsujun is arguably Japan’s biggest television star. He’s stared in the hit Asian Drama series: "Bambino," "Kimi wa Peto" and most notably alongside Nakama Yukie in the smash hit, "Gokusen."
Matsujun got his start in the boy band, Arashi, alongside other feminine boys, Aiba Masaki, Ninomiya Kazunari, Ohno Satoshi, Sakurai Sho. But using his good androgynous looks, signature smile and surprisingly decent acting ability, he managed to transition himself from boy band wonder into television superstar.
Androgyny is common amongst Asian television stars, showing up in other big names like Tomohisa Yamashita (yamapi) and Oguri Shun, but its Matsujun that has consistantly managed to do it the best.
Feminine boys on the internet
Chris crocker is a feminine looking man who rocketed to fame in 2007 when a video of him tearfully requesting for people to leave Brittney spears alone spread across the internet like wildfire. The video showed him in a fit of near histeria over the harsh critiques that Brittney's comback was garnishing. He has since settled into internet celebritydom, his youtube videos and vlog get millions of hits.
And last but not least, this article pays tribute to the random internet boy with a camera. They can be feminine too.