So we've all watched enough, heard enough, and read enough to realize that there is a fine line between anime and manga considered shounen (boys), and shojo (girls). The funny thing is, most of us don't care. Of course, there are those who simply beleive "Ick, if I'm not going to watch a girl's cartoon on local television, what's going to push me to watch a girly anime?" and others who simply find no real interest in the plots & concepts.
For the rest it's an intrieguing thing to realize that a genre so evenly divided between boy and girl can be just as enjoyable on one side as it is the other. In North America, the general consensus is that a "man's" movie is going to contain action, violence, speed, etc. while a "woman's" feature might garner more sensitive topics; conflict, drama, passion, joy & sadness...
I myself scoff and roll my eyes when my girlfriend picks up a movie at Blockbuster. It's more than likely some sort of teen horror, or a blockbuster drama about love. So then why is it so easy and even more so enjoyable for me to watch Fruits Basket and watch the trials of Tohru Honda as she tries to live her life without the care and guide of her mother? Or better yet, pick up a copy of Tokyo Babylon and read about Hokuto and her affeminite twin brother Subaru as they give compassion and rest to the tortured spirits of Tokyo?
Am I addicted to some sort of drug laced throughout the pages of said manga? What makes it so different from reading all those pulp dramas & horrors I see my female college classmates browsing through before class begins?
Of course the easiest explanation would be to refer to the rich depth and meaning that is subtly put into anime & manga, but don't you think that's biasing things a bit? I mean I can think of plenty bad animes and plenty of good movies that have made me think. ;)
How do you justify your own interest in shojo? Does it seem to be the only "girl" thing you read or watch? And please, let's not all jump right into yaoi. ;)