"Bara" is short for "Barazoku", an influential Japanese gay magazine which shut down publication in late 2004. 2chan came up with the abbreviated name for their "gay art" imageboard (which has since been discontinued). Western, gay male anime and manga fans then appropriated the word to contrast with yaoi. Both are homoerotic anime-style art; the difference is while yaoi is gay-male art produced by women for the consumption of women, bara is created by men, for men. Consequently, bara-style art tends toward more exaggerated, overtly masculine physiques and stereotypically masculine behavior.
Bara is a Japanese comic genre featuring muscular and bear gay men. I really like this type of comic, but I can't find many forums about it. I have a good deal of bara. I like Jiraiya and Takeshi Matsu - big bearish guys and a light-hearted, playful attitude toward sex. I love the art of Tagame, but his stories are really dark (torture, rape). Tumblr has good bara sites. I think one of them is oneyeahbara on tumblr.
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