my question, answered
As for my question yesterday, it was at least partially answered by the new issue of Wired last night, when I read the response of a 16-year-old Japanese girl to a question about bishounen characters in a girl's romance videogame. I am paraphrasing but she said something like this: "They're not gay!! Their love is pure! They don't have SEX!" O-kaaay...I can't say I get the mindset, but it was an interesting window into how those characters are being perceived.