Shounen ai, or what can be translated loosely in to boys love refers to Manga and art that features male x male love stories and art. When used outside of Japan, it is often used to refer to Manga and anime fandom that create art that feature male x male scenes and work. These types of Manga were very common in the 1970s but are no longer published however some of these Manga are still in print are are appreciated by women.
These Manga feature different kinds of soft-core acts that are mainly written to appease a female audience, where both the main characters or multiple main characters are extremely good looking and masculine and fall for each other. Today it can be used to refer to manga that are softer counterparts of ‘yaoi’. In some places it can be used and considered the same thing as yaoi.
History of Shounen Ai manga:
It is at times can also be used to refer to various fan fictions, but can also be used to refer to professional work, usually fitted for a female audience.
In Japan, the the Manga written by the year 24 group, were often referred to as Shounen ai, and whole these manages were not exactly soft-core, they are now considered so because they are soft-core the yaoi standards of today. This term today is valid when talking about that Era, some original Shounen ai manga are still publishing.