Top definition. A term used by gay men to describe a huskylarge man with a lot of body hair. George's sexual tastes run toward bears.
In male gay culturea bear is often a larger or obese hairier man who projects an image of rugged masculinity. Bears are one of many LGBT communities with events, codes, and a culture-specific identity. However, in San Francisco in the s, any hairy man of whatever shape was referred to as a 'bear' until the term was appropriated by larger men, and other words had to be used to describe hairy other-shaped men such as otter slimcub young bear on the wayor wolf hairy, medium build.
What are those groups? How does a gay man know which one he belongs to? I describe myself as an amateur anthropologist.
For those tumbling on to the gay scene for the first time today, it might be tempting to think bears have always been with us. However, although gay bars — both underground and overground — existed for much of the 20th century, the commercial bears scene is a more recent phenomenon. Most agree that the nascent bear scene gained traction in California. Further strands of the baby bear scene can be traced back to San Francisco.
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Skip to contentor skip to search. Most bears are bears: big and often balding, with bushy beards and beefy arms; the look is distinctly blue-collar and unfussy. Body types can be difficult to categorize firmly, but a more muscular, hairy man who styles himself as being more sexually aggressive is known as a wolf especially online, where these distinctions are key for personal erotic marketing.
John Hollywood writes about pop culture 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.
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Bear is a gay slang term. It describes a hairy, heavy-set sometimes muscular gay or bisexual man. A bear typically projects an image of rugged masculinity.
Hyper Masculine Gay Men. It can also be used more generically to describe a physical type. Bears tend to have hairy bodies and facial hair; they are burly, hefty, stocky, husky, rustic, and natural; some are heavy-set or muscular; some are chubby; 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 hypermasculine image and may shun interaction with, and even disdain, men who exhibit effeminacy.