I really feel like having Yuuri and Viktor switch the lead and follow roles in their skate together is the directors way of subtly answering the argument of who is top/bottom in their relationship- the answer obviously being they would switch roles with each other.
The show is full of subtext and I truly think the switching of roles is meant to represent just how equal these 2 men are to each other.
Having them switch the roles is 100% confirmation to me of their versatility.
The lead role is seen as the ‘mans’ role and the follow is the ‘females’ role, both Viktor and Yuuri are shown as truly comfortable with each other and they switch the lead and follow in their ice dance.
To me this is breaking down all kinds of typical gender role stereotypes associated with male/male pairings.
They are complete equals- both inside and outside the bedroom.
As a gay man this is wonderful for me.
The idea in yaoi that only one man can be a top or bottom in a gay relationship is truly bizarre to me- aside from switching being far more common for gay men, especially those in relationships, the idea that one HAS to take on one role only pretty much heteronormatizes a relationship between 2 men to having a male and female bedroom role.
(obviously a woman can use a strap-on on a man but it is less common than a man being the top).
So to have an anime featuring homosexuality between 2 men without any of those typical gender roles associated is just magical.
Myself and my boyfriend can actually fully identify with their relationship because it is so normalised and equal in partnership.
Frankly put- switching is popular for real gay men. Sometimes you want to do the holding and other times you want to be held. It is normal to want to feel loved by your partner in all ways.
Wanting to be both a top and bottom for you partner is natural and normal.
I want to thank the directors of the show for portraying Viktor and Yuuri so equally!