- Gender and sexuality : journal of Center for Gender Studies, ICU (ISSN:18804764)
- vol.4, pp.61-72, 2009-03-31
This study is based on interviews with heterosexual women who have closefriendships with gay men. In the Japanese media's "Gay Boom" phenomenon that arosein the 1990s, gay men were represented as being the ideal partners for heterosexualwomen. While this has stimulated research and incurred various criticisms from gay andlesbian academics and activists, there has been no qualitative research of heterosexualwomen.This study is based on interviews of 14 heterosexual women who have closefriendships with gay men. The interviews were of one hour in length and consisted ofquestions such as "Where did you meet your gay friend and what kind of relationshipdo you have with them?," "What kind of relationships do you have with heterosexualwomen and men?," and "Do you have lesbian friends?" Various patterns were discoveredin the way heterosexual women got to know gay men and in the kinds of relationshipsthey formed. It also became apparent that even if the initial motivation for meeting had been out of mere curiosity, the relationships eventually developed into close friendships.