Libraries Must Lend Boys Love to Children


Sakai City libraries have reversed their decision to restrict lending of “Boys Love” titles to minors, made following complaints that the huge collection the library had amassed harmed children and “sexually harassed” library users, apparently folding to pressure over censorship concerns and even opting to allow lending of all BL books to minors…

Starting in July, the 7 city libraries began receiving complaints that the massive collection of some 5,500 BL books (many with amorous homoerotic depictions of the male characters on their front covers) were overly risqué and harmful to children.

In response, the libraries switched to a “non-self serve system” in which librarians fetch the books for borrowers (not unheard of for Japanese libraries) and restricted lending of BL novels to those over the age of 18.

However, a citizen’s group complained that “Excluding or disposing of a particular style of book is not becoming of a library. There was political pressure too.” In response to pressure from such complaints, the library once again changed its policy in November, putting BL back on a self serve lending policy and now allowing the lending of BL books to minors under 18.

Some citizens view the quick flip-flop in official policy suspiciously: “Are they really changing their policy based on what people tell them so quickly?”

Sakai city officials hold the position: “We originally made a wrong, hasty decision.”


To see more of what interests young Japanese girls (like Kagamin) so, see our previous post on Ero-Shoujo Manga.

Via Itai News.

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    Avatar of s0m31john
    Comment by s0m31john
    04:01 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Think of the children! ...masturbating.

    In all seriousness, this is a good thing. It should be up to the parents to monitor what their children check out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 29/04/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The parents are wise not to get involved in this. My parents basically gave me the run of the library as a child and teenager, allowing me to get books from the 'adult' section regularly.

    When an overly moral librarian was upset with this, I told her "Look, my parents know what I am checking out, they know what I am reading, BACK OFF unless you want me AND my parents to make a formal complaint!"

    She backed off, because my parents, unknown to me, were standing nearby and giving the overly 'moral' biddy the evil eye!

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    10:58 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    as proven many times through out the ages...once you have a child you become stupid :P

    Comment by onitake

    in general, it is. censorship is always bad. though in this case, i'm not sure if allowing every 5-year-old girl become a fujoshi is such a good idea.
    the library should at least take care the 18+ manga section is clearly marked as such, so parents will know what their brats are reading...

    wait a second... why does a public library carry bl manga!?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 15/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But would a five-year-old even be interested? And if so, would the book turn him or her into a BL-liking person, or would you have to have a BL-propensity in order to enjoy it? I've seen Shounen Ai manga (of the moderate variety, I suspect) in stores here (Germany) and they didn't do anything for me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:16 20/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's because only a toxic brain otaku girl would be interested in BL.

    Avatar of Quen
    Comment by Quen
    11:51 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mainly mentioned are BL novels, not manga, but the novels do typically have several illustrations spread throughout the book, including the cover.

    Undoubtedly, there are some BL manga also at the libraries though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Do you smell that? It's the vaginal juices of a thousand lolis, all shlicking.

    Comment by the monster
    04:39 22/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    what does it smell like and how do you know? O_O

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    Comment by Pand3monium
    08:22 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    smells like heaven

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 18/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your disgusting.

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    Comment by metatron
    13:05 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    lol conservatives

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    Comment by alex1_phang3
    16:56 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The more you want to ban it, the more they want it

    Avatar of h8GWB
    Comment by H8gwb
    17:09 31/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it wrong to think that someone else might be in bed with Kagami, in that huge mound behind her, and that the book isn't the only reason she's blushing?

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    Comment by Keigami
    10:29 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kagami and I share similar BL anthology tastes XD

    Comment by sankyuu
    07:44 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    so if we start donating pornography to public libraries they'll have to make it available?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 25/12/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That would be awesome.

    Comment by techno_newt
    07:53 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    This could turn into an all out war. Anyone watch oshokan Sensō (Library Wars)?

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    Comment by otaku
    08:33 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    what a pain in the asses for those BL lovers...
    but i think there'll be no sensou for BL books...maybe...
    who knows... maybe there'll be a "fujoshi-gundai"...

    Comment by kenjiharima
    09:28 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    someone needs to sneak in naughty books back again.

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    Comment by Shuu
    07:20 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... deculture!!!

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