Heroine Boys and Princely Girls: How “Nozaki-kun” is Challenging Gender Roles in Fiction

In which the Josei goes all analytical on Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (“Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun”), the funniest - and smartest - show of the summer anime season.

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Anonymous asked: Why are you aromantic? It's not the first time I've heard of it but it's the first time I came across a person who declares himself to be one. If there's no backstory, then I'm quite sure there's a philosophical, analytical, or random thought process that led to this.

I had my share of relationships, but then I realized that in all those times I was just pretending to be “in love” to myself for, you know, people of my age would need to have a share of such. I appreciated the company and the effort they gave me but it’s just that I never labeled them as love - it’s only them doing their responsibility being my self-declared partner.

I can still feel giddy reading romance stories or watching such shows on TV or in the movies, but I couldn’t imagine myself being in that situation for now. I don’t want to pretend feeling “love” so that I can have an excuse to have sex with someone or have a biological child even if I don’t really feel anything special with that person.

The thing with adulthood these days is that love (and love as euphemism of sex) seems to occupy a place so central in people’s lives as if it’s a requirement of living. I can feel it myself now that people around me ask why I have no girlfriend or when do I plan to get married. Would it make me less of a person if don’t have a partner to fuck love? As if all of my achievements including those I’m working on in my career wouldn’t matter just because I chose to live on my own.

 

(via kib0y)

Yeah, he’s already out