Recently I've finished watching Sasameki Koto
. Not the most serious shoujo-ai I've ever seen, but at least you can really enjoy it. It's quite light-hearted or rather light-minded. I'd compare it to A-channel even though that one is not really yuri. What I liked about Sasameki is, that the yuri part isn't abused and killed so drastically as in other series. What I meant is that no annoying male ruins their romantic friendship. Or something like that.
Yuri has it hard. As a certain troper says, according to many anime the reward for a young woman "growing out of" the Romantic Two-Girl Friendship, a relationship built on YEARS OF TRUST AND COMMUNICATION, is that she has become mature enough to be with an Accidental Pervert that she has little in common with.
He is completely right. Anime writers do this. And most probably on purpose. Because, as another troper says, Japanese lesbians are blessed with suck, since SOCIETY EXPECTS Japanese girls to
a) grow out of lesbian relationships and
b) later marry a man, in order to
c) bear children.
This is so strongly in the heads of (not only) Japanese men, anyway, that even Yuri-series's have this trope. Actually the above mentioned troper promises to write it into TV Tropes one day, as soon as he gathers enough material on this.
Now you may think I'm some kind of male feminist or not right in the head, but no. Do you honestly think that these days, when Earth's populace is already over 7 billions (or milliards in UK) a woman is OBLIGED TO BEAR CHILDREN? That even in works of entertainment, that should encourage women to harbor feelings for a person, they really care about, you just have to insist on destroying it? Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying all women should be lesbians. I'm saying that once you decide to tell lesbians, that it's OK to be what they want to be, you shouldn't f@#* it up afterwards by insisting, that they're obliged to meet the demands of screwed-up society. Or probably just demands of your horny dicks, because most writers are male.
What should you do instead, is showing all the common trouble a generic girlxgirl couple has to go through, and how to overcome it. That lesbians are also just people and have to do this stuff like work for living, maintain a household and fend off all those stupid prejudice. There was this manga series that did it really good, but I totally forgot its name. Might as well add it here when I remember.
I hope everyone responsible got the message. I wonder what the TL;DR dude would say about this though.