Bear Gay Comics
Posted on November 9, 2009 - Filed Under | 49 Comments
Bear is LGBT slang for these in the bear communities, a subculture in the gay/bisexual chum communities and an emerging subset of LGBT communities with events, codes and culture-specific identity. It also describes a physical type.
Bears tend to have unshaved bodies and facial hair; a portion of are heavy-set; a bit project an image of working-class masculinity in their grooming and appearance, though none of those are requirements or various indicators. A little of bears place importance on presenting a hyper-masculine image and may shun interaction with, and even disdain, studs who exhibit effeminacy. The bear concept can function as an identity, an affiliation, and an ideal to live up to, and there is ongoing debate in bear communities about what constitutes a bear, however a consensus exists that inclusion is an important part of the Bear Community. There is also, anecdotally, more acceptance of tattoos and body piercing in the bear community.
Bears are almost always twink or bisex chaps, although increasingly transgender fellows (transmen) and these who shun labels for gender and sexuality are also included within bear communities.
Bear in LGBT communities is a metaphorical reference to the animal of the same name with similar notable features. Those features include the animal’s hairiness, its solid proportions, and its physical power. The bear is both plump and meaty, and the reconciliation of those 2 qualities is at the heart of the Bear concept’s appeal. Bears are typically very similar in appearance to the ideal of the North American lumberjack. A romantic conflation of the bear and the lumberjack image provides the Bear trope its metaphorical appeal.
Lumberjacks were romanticised and fetishised in twink culture long before the arrival of the Bear concept, and the Bear concept retains beefy traces of this older ideal. Lumberjacks appealed to homo dudes at aesthetic levels but also for reason of their homosociality, the fact that they were working class, and for the fact that their isolation from urban society (and hence from mainstream homo culture) opened up a dream of both secrecy and liberation, within an idyllic, rural, North American setting. Those metaphors also lends themselves to the idealization of natural physical appearance and preferences over a more glamorized ones despite the convenience many bears may discover living in urban settings.
The self-identification of homo dudes as Bears originated in San Francisco in the 1980s as an outgrowth of twink biker clubs fancy the Rainbow Motorcycle Club, and then later the leather and “girth and mirth” communities. It was created by fellows who felt that mainstream homo culture was unwelcoming to chaps who did not fit a particular “homo” body norm (shaved and budding). Also, many homo fellows in rural America never identified with the stereotypical urban homo lifestyle, and went searching for an alternative which more closely resembled the idealised blue collar American dude image.
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