I’m not defending BL. I’m defending LGBTQ. I brought up BL because it HAS been treated like a genre for decades.
No idea what you’re trying to say here tbh. What’s your point?
Seems like you’re just annoyed that Premium gets 3 genres? Literally why do you need 3? I have Premium works with access to 3, and the third category has always been kind of... a throwaway genre of like “well, I guess if they like that, they’ll like this...?”
It wasn’t. I was directly in conversation with Tapas throughout the process. It was added based on the requests of LGBTQ creators.
As previously discussed, BL is not based on identity. It’s a series of tropes of which one is an M/M romance but also includes others. It is also historically different because it was created by and for straight women.
I have lots of works with NB characters. BL and GL excludes them. Readers of het romance aren’t interested in them. So, yeah, LGBTQ is needed. Also BL and GL aren’t genres outside comics, and aren’t even widely used in the industry for western comics so... they are the least inclusive. Though I do think keeping BL separate makes sense due to the different lenses and approaches taken in the creation of them.
If you read the email, Tapas themselves said they’ll allow people to self-identify their works but will be watching the category to prevent it from being overrun by BL.