Of course, what this post needs is the typical disclaimer. This is a very brief list of 3 things that I think yuri needs more of. I’m not trying to speak for everyone here, I promise!
But here are my thoughts.
More Happy Endings
No, I’m not talking about massages.
We could really stand to see more lesbian couples stay together beyond high school and/or college. Being able to observe these girls grow into women and mature as individuals and as a couple would be wonderful and serve as excellent role models for those in less fortunate situations in real life.
Really, those who claim that these girls are just “fooling around” or are just “going through a phrase” should do us all a favor and keep it down, please.
Of course, that would be quite different compared to what one usually associates with yuri, which could be described as melodramatic and/or tragic depending on the series. Some people are drawn to aforementioned tone or mood, as well, and may find more cheery and “warm” series to be boring in comparison. Your mileage, of course, may vary.
A Positive Depiction of Bisexuality
People have their own reasons when it comes to intimate activities, of course, but a lesbian who have slept or sleeps with men is still a lesbian. It just means she probably happens to also be bisexual, or likely is open-minded and willing to experiment. She still likes girls at the end of the day and she isn’t any less of a lesbian and, no, she isn’t “impure” for having been with men before. EDIT: It all has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, of course, since everyone is different. I’m talking about the scenario in which women, who are drawn to other women, sleep with men and thus are labeled straight. It’s silly.
And someone who is bisexual doesn’t automatically want to sleep with everyone, alright? People who are bisexual still have standards!
What I’m trying to say here is that sexuality isn’t merely black or white. Of course, your mileage may vary.
EDIT: This is, however, assuming that a lesbian is a woman who is drawn to other women and that the term isn’t mutually exclusive in regards to bisexuality. I’m sorry if I’ve worded this improperly.
Inclusion of More Transgender Characters
I sincerely hope for this to one day happen, but there are transphobic anime/manga/visual novel fans out there.
Furthermore, I would dare to say that some authors and/or studios may simply not “get” it. Even series that are bold enough to tackle these important issues may miss the mark and get a few things wrong. I myself admit I’m not the most informed and would greatly appreciate it if you ever call me out on my ignorance so I can learn from my mistakes.
Thank you for reading.