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November 22nd, 2010


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01:04 am - The charm of androgyny
The other day I was watching a Japanese drama, Peacemaker Kurogane, and one of the actors in it caught my eye in a "Whoa! Stop! Rewind! Replay!" kind of way.  It wasn't really because his acting was so amazing, but more so his looks, or more specifically his makeup style in that particular scene that caught my eye.

Now, I've been watching Japanese dramas for a few years and so I've seen my fair share of "pretty boys", or "bishounen" as they're called in Japanese so nowadays I don't really bat an eyelash at seeing them anymore, but still, this one caught my eye and it got my brain ticking over why I have this fascination with either boys that look feminine or, in the case of Takarazuka, girls that look...masculine but still feminine...does that make sense at all?

First of all, here's a picture of the scene that started it all:

So, a dab of lipstick, some eyeshadow (it's kind of hard to see since his eyes are open in the picture but he's got a hint of red eyeshadow near the outer corners of his eyes that look really beautiful when he blinks or is looking down), neatly shaped brows, very...kirakira (sparkle sparkle) XD

Now in the drama he's a shinobi (ninja) so when he's trying to sneak information from women he puts on this kirakira display to woo it out of them (or so I guess), but usually he doesn't have such...feminine makeup on.  The interesting thing is that little bit of makeup makes all the difference it seems because when I see him without it I think he's pretty, but not enough to STOP! REWIND! REPLAY! yet with it...I stopped, rewound and replayed for like...30 minutes -__-;;




It's very puzzling to me.  Thinking back, my first crush was actually on a girl, an anime girl at that.  Haruka Tenoh or Sailor Uranus from Sailor Moon (pictured on right).  It wasn't just that she acted like a boy, but that she had the look of a beautiful boy, yet with an added feminine charm.  Granted it was because originally the mangaka of Sailor Moon had intended for Haruka to be an otokoyaku top star of Takarazuka with Michiru as her musumeyaku counterpart, so that explains a lot, but still, I mean, why didn't I find Mamoru (Darien in the English version, Mr. Tuxedo Mask) that attractive?  I mean he's a good looking guy, and hell, it's anime so aside from some colour difference their faces didn't look all that different anyway.  So exactly why did Haruka appeal to me (and apparently a lot of other girls too) so much more than Mamoru?

It's not that I'm attracted to guys that crossdress, I mean I think Hizuki from the Visual Kei band Versailles and Mana from Malice Mizer are very beautiful when they're all dolled up, but it doesn't really do anything for me other than a visual admiration for their beauty.  Yet boys/men like Gackt manages to catch my eye (though with Gackt I think I've gotten used to his prettiness so it doesn't stun me when I see his pictures anymore).  I also noticed that my androgyny kick is upped another notch when they add in some beautiful long hair on these pretty boys like when they portray samurais (the first pretty boy pictured up there actually has a pony tail behind him which made my eyes twinkle like little stars *-*).

So basically I guess in a nutshell, where looks are concerned I like my boys pretty enough not to look ridiculous with makeup on and I like my girls looking like those pretty boys but not like...girly-girl feminine yet not butch (Takarazuka's otokoyakus seems to have hit the right mix where my preferences are concerned).

Geez...complicated much?  Someone mentioned in one of my earlier posts that perhaps it's because as women some of us get sick and tired of that whole "I'm a man so I must act manly and tough so if you're a (straight) man and your hand so much as brushes against my hand I must reaffirm my masculinity by spazzing out!" and I think it is true to an extent.  I mean I don't consciously feel sick of it, I'm not around guys like that to irritate me to any extent, but some guys do give off that vibe, yet that can't be all that drives my preferences can it?  And besides I think those types of men are limited to only some parts of the world in certain circles.  Maybe I just like pretty things and people...just aesthetically speaking perhaps I have something in me that makes me lean towards the pretties.  Hmm...

Ah, c'est trop compliqué!  

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From:abomvubuso
Date:November 22nd, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
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Me, i personally like Naruto and Sakura. They're so sweet! <3
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From:minjanna_yaoi
Date:November 22nd, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
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I actually had to start watching Peacemaker drama when I saw that picture in your post! When he showed up, it was definitely a WHOA! moment for me too and another WHOA! came when I realized that he's Yamazaki Susumu, one of my top three favorite Shinsengumi guys. *_* Now I have to keep watching... Manly man Hijikata is hot too.

I think anyone who shakes the traditional, rigid and boring Tarzan & Jane gender roles is fascinating. It's a human thing to draw pleasure from aesthetic perfection, so let's just enjoy them pretties!
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From:koneko_desu
Date:November 23rd, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Deshou?! The boy is like a walking wet dream >D~~ I loved his makeup so much I went out and bought some reddish-looking eyeshadow to try and imitate that style, but red eyeshadow is surprisingly hard to find. It's all pinks and purples, no pure reds, grrr...might have to look into some geisha/maiko eye makeup for this one.

I guess come to think of it the "Tarzan and Jane" thing is kind of boring. I never really thought of it that way. I mean I grew up on Disney and it was always that, prince saves princess, princess falls in love, the end. Worked when I was 6 but doesn't really work anymore except for nostalgia's sakes.

But back to pretty boy up there, it's too bad he hasn't appeared in more dramas. I would've loved to see him sparkle some more XD
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From:jailbaitjello
Date:November 22nd, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
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"I think anyone who shakes the traditional, rigid and boring Tarzan & Jane gender roles is fascinating. It's a human thing to draw pleasure from aesthetic perfection, so let's just enjoy them pretties!"

This.

And yeah, I have a HUGE thing for androgyny too. More so for the otokoyaku girls than the feminine guys. But my brother basically said that it's not that I really like feminine guys, it's that I like girls. Lol.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:November 23rd, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
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Lol, well I don't really care guy or girl as long as they have the look that pushes the right buttons for me XDD I think I'll always be able to be more open with girls (and a very special guy friend from high school), it just feels more comfortable to talk about a lot of personal things and I just get this feeling that they get it whereas guys I'm not too sure they would. But sometimes when I'm with a lot of girls for a long time it's nice to have some testosterone added to the mix.

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