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Synonyms: 腐男子
See also: otaku, yaoi, slasher, himejoshi, himedanshi, fujoshi
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Fudanshi (腐男子, literally "rotten boy(s)") and fukei (腐兄, "rotten big brother(s)") are terms for male fans of yaoi media, or of fictional M/M relationships in general.

In 2008 and 2010, Yoshimoto Taimatsu surveyed self-identified fudanshi from the Japanese social networking site Mixi. Yoshimoto found in both surveys that the majority were bisexual, with gay men in second-greatest numbers, straight men in third, and asexual men in the minority. Of the bisexual fudanshi, slightly more of them had a preference for men than had a preference for women.[1]


  1. ^ 腐男子にきく。 Yoshimoto Taimatsu. Cited in "Do Heterosexual Men Dream of Homosexual Men? BL Fudanshi and Discourse on Male Feminization", by Kazumi Nagaike, in Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan, 2015