Josei Manga is manga that is intended for women. The name translates to "ladies'" comic. Most josei manga are written by women and target a readership of young women.
The stories usually focus on the everyday lives of women in Japan. The style also tends to be more restrained than shonen or shojo manga.
Josei comics often portray romance in a realistic way, as opposed to the idealized romance found in other types of manga.. Josei tends to be both more sexually explicit and contain more mature storytelling. It is also not unusual for storylines dealing with rape and infidelity to occur in josei manga. target specifically towards more mature audiences. Some popular josei series include Yun Kouga's Loveless and Ai Yazawa's Paradise Kiss.