Gay community terms bear cub
This posting is part II in my series explaining the various subgroups in the gay male culture. For those of you who have ever wondered just what a twink was when your gay friends talked about one, this post will hopefully clear up your confusion and give you a basic understanding of those gay boys who fall under the twink classification. Many are slender if not extremely thin and often lack body hair and rarely, if ever, have facial hair as opposed to the bears, who are considered their polar opposites. Characteristics of a Twink: Twinks suffer from a bad reputation. In fact, the term twink originates from a popular junk food—The Twinkie. The comparison connotes that twinks are only for short-term consumption and not a long-term relationship.
Bear (gay slang)
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It also describes a physical type. Bears tend to have hairy bodies and facial hair ; some are heavy-set ; some project an image of working-class masculinity in their grooming and appearance, though none of these are requirements or unique indicators. Some bears place importance on presenting a hyper-masculine image and may shun interaction with, and even disdain, men 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. There is also, anecdotally, more acceptance of tattoos and body piercing in the bear community. Though the Bear subculture germinated long before advent of the Internet , it can be closely tied to the growth of online social networking. Gay men who felt they were not welcome at their local gay meeting places or who just wanted a quick hookup found easy access to and acceptance from similar people online.
A Reference Guide to the Gay Bear Culture
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John Hollywood writes about pop culture topics with a psychological twist; his articles are practical in nature with a "how-to" approach. Gay men often use descriptive terms to identify and label other men within the wider gay community. But many gay men often wonder what these terms actually mean. Which group do I fall into?