An overview and summary of the m/m romance genre from Unsuitable, a Duke University Blog on Gender Issues. (http://sites.duke.edu/unsuitable/malemale-romance/)
Interestingly, I find the complaints about potentially problematic, heteronormative fetishization of gay men by straight women writers and readers to be a little disturbing.
The fact that some aspects of the male/male romance include women (authors and readers) enjoying some primordial lust over same-sex male couplings doesn’t for me (as a queer man) undermine the entire genre. Frankly, I feel some heated fetishizing, and fantasizing has a place for readers of all tastes. The fact that in this genre it is often interwoven with compelling, provocative, and supportive characters, relationships, and stories just makes the entire genre that much more attractive to me.