Yamada, whose sexuality is never expressed, is only allowed to be attracted to Kase and no other women.
Yeah, that's like what ? A lot of Yuris about there. Most of yuri never outright told that the MCs are lesbians, they just happen to fall in love with a woman, like Yuu or Nanami in Yagate or like Mei in Citrus.
The implication is that they’re young inexperienced women who are “experimenting” or “going through a phase”. And by the way, “oh, it’s just a phase” is a very common way for parents/families of lgbt people to rationalize their sexuality. And that’s my biggest problem with these kind of titles. It’s okay to be gay. It’s okay for gay women to be express appreciation for and be attracted to women that aren’t their partner. It’s okay for it not to be “just a phase”.
So Yamada and Kase are essentially het cucked to each other.
What does that even mean ?
“Cuckholding” is a way that one partner controls who the other partner is allowed to be attracted to or be physical with. The partner that grants permission feels that because they determine who their partner is attracted to, they can also control their partner’s attraction to them. In this case, the author has locked down who Yamada and Kase are attracted to down to each other. Male readers enjoy this relationship because “if I can’t have them, neither can anyone else male or female”. Female readers are out of the equation because neither Yamada nor Kase are granted permission to be attracted to other women. So this is primarily a het dynamic.
That is, the only threat to their relationship is allowed to come from a strong male character.
Forgot that Inoue was a strong male character. And that's also forgetting all that happen since they're together and the many things they faced. It's like the first time a male happen to step-in and we don't even know if he is interested in Yamada.
I’m only talking about this current arc.
The one lesbian character (Kase) isn’t allowed to express attraction for women.
For one, we don't know if Kase is lesbian, it's just rumors that Miwakacchi heard, there is no actual proof that Kase is a lesbian or was attracted to girls/womens before Yamada and yeah she don't express affection to others womens, she is blindly in love with Yamada and only see her as her center of her world.That's like the main aspect of Kase in their relation, she see Yamada as a goddess.
Kase is dramatized as the classic “butch” (I really hate that word btw) and is super controlling and dominant (both physically and emotionally) over Yamada. To me, the clear implication is that she’s supposed to be the prototypical “dyke”, and she’s the male author’s idea of what that would be. Basically a man trapped in a woman’s body.
a guy that I would want to be and identify with is the only guy that is allowed into the attraction pool.
cf up here, i don't freaking know how you can forget Inoue or for that matter that Yamada is insecure about every GIRLS who are near Kase like Inoue or Kase's college roommate. but yeah "only male" hey.
Again, I’m only talking about this current arc.
strategic level analisys, my fav, and i think it hit the mark, authors must abandon het idea for good or just drop yuri genre , yuribait is the worst thing, for what autors should get death sntence! if u want write het go to classic het, dont ever try imitate het in wlw relationships, ever