This spiritual bond and equal partnership is depicted as overcoming the male-female.
The seme usually pursues the uke, who often has softer, androgynous, feminine features with bigger eyes and a smaller build, and is often physically weaker than the seme.
Queer Popular Culture: Literature, Media, Film and Television.
In the mid-1990s, estimates of the size of the Japanese yaoi fandom ranged from 100,000 to 500,000 people.
Consequently, yaoi and "boys' love" BL came to be the most popular terms to describe works depicting male-male romance, eclipsing shōnen-ai and June.
International Journal of Cultural Studies.
Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan: 0verflow.
Male Homosexuality in Modern Japan: Cultural Myths and Social Realities.