I think having a discussion on lolicon as a genre and how we relate to it is useful. I understand you don't want this discussion on a thread about a specific manga - I'm sorry I did just that, I wasn't trying to start anything. But it sure would be nice to talk about it and if it has already been discussed, I'm interested in seeing the discussion.
I personnally have a rather open-minded view on this (I think ?), I enjoy age gaps a lot and I like fiction that tackles this subject. Some of my favorite mangas are lolicon by definition, but the way they treat pedophilia is always well thought and morally interesting. I have a problem with the genre when it includes doing harmful things to kids as if it was totally normal and never representing the pain caused. I would certainly REALLY criticize the idea that "it's fiction lol", I think nothing is more twisted than that. So some mangas are more problematics than others.
In the same way, some users have a way to openly react and talk about pedophilic behaviours that is very problematic and should not exist on this forum - or anywhere really. It would be great if Dynasty was more aware of that and did something about it.
As a final note, and just to be crystal clear about how real this is : pedophiles are on this forum. A lot of them. They read these stories. They enjoy them. And they recruit here. When I was 20 I was sent pedophilic pornography by a guy from a manga forum I barely knew. He said something along the lines : "this is the kind of horrible thing we can find here, what do you think ?" Let's not be blind and naive about it. We are not all mature and "it's only fiction". A lot of users have very grey lines that need clear education and warnings ; and some others are way over the red line.
Sylke, we've been over this enough already. In this very thread, too. You've been banned for a day for violation of Rule 10:
Uh, you must confuse me with someone else. That's the first time I post on this thread. If you refer to a comment you made, sorry, I didn't see it despite reading pretty much everything.
I've been banned once before for criticizing an author using LGBT history to write porn for cis men. :)
So far, I'm confortable with the reasons for which I'm getting banned. No problem.
We clearly do not agree on a political, moral, and societal level on what is acceptable or not. But that's your website indeed, that's your problem. Though I find it quite funny to see you ban me for that, and all the trolls, flamers, insulters, sexists, transphobic users that actually get a pass. Clearly we don't have the same priorities. ^_^
You can be raped and still chat normally with your rapist the day after,even hug them and laugh. (thats exactly what I did last time a woman raped me)
As for this author and mangas in general, you guys overthink way too much and give too much credit to the authors. It's just badly written and unrealistic, because this author's writing is usually bad and unrealistic. I still enjoy her work very much, but don't overanalyze. The author probably didn't think about all that. She just wrote whatever looked cool.
To be honnest I would also prefer losing my gf to a woman, but not because I don't think they're competition (i'm a woman myself), but because losing to a GUY is like the worst thing ever. Best case scenario yuri lost against patriarchy, worst case scenario you were considered less attractive than a guy which means you failed at several levels. (might be because i'm a t woman that i see things that way xD)
This is a rough one. I can sympathize with both characters here, honestly. If you are the type of person who needs a relationship to be at their happiest, while also being a lesbian, the world of romance can be incredibly unkind, especially if you have any other qualities that makes you more unusual or less desirable in the eyes of society. You end up clinging to a relationship that mostly works, ignoring the parts that don't work, just because you want something to not go sideways for once. Just because the happiness from a relationship that almost works is much better than the way you feel when you're alone.
And then there's Mio. Somebody who values her friend highly and questions her own feelings but is willing to sacrifice her own happiness to grant happiness to someone she cares about. She thinks hurting herself this way is noble and does it up until it finally breaks her. I have been at this level of despair a lot.
Reading this manga hurt like hell but reading your comment was on another level.
You all seem to ignore that some trans women (for example) are totally satisfied with the male gender, only dissatisfied with the male body.
I'm personally fine with most things manly and never had a problem with being a guy - I even liked my penis, even tho I never understood why the fuck it was there. I still transitionned years ago and never regretted it.
Some of us trans individuals are solely trans because of the body. Nothing gender related. I never wear makeup, heels, or girly things, I wear jeans and pants and sometimes cut my hair short and I talk with a deep manly voice and I'm into girls... Etc. Still trans.