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I originally posted this in the Bear group....but things are dead over there so I thought I'd post it here and see what you guys think.

"Bear \'bar, 'ber\ n, pl, Bears: a gay man whose disposition is rooted in contemporary male culture (decidedly not in contemporary gay male culture) that emphasizes and celebrates secondary male characteristics such as beard and body hair." -- Richard Bulger, original publisher of Bear Magazine

Anyone agree or disagree?


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i honestly thought that's what it was...just a guy with a lot of body hair...


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Not everyone agrees what makes a gay man a "bear." Some people think all bears are chubby...some people think they have to be extremely hairy...and there are all kinds of sub-categories bears use to classify each other.

Personally speaking, I think being a "bear" is more of a mindset. To me it is a guy who acts more masculine than feminine and likes guys who are the same way.


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interest point of view...never really thought about it...but yea i guess you could say that being more masculine is a "bear" characteristic...


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Rod_Bell
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I agree to everyone's posts!


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Michael_Wolfe
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I always thought that a bear is a gay male who is big in weight and also might have alot of body and or face hair...


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Well...big in weight can mean stocky or very muscular. Although, most people would define a bear exactly as you do.


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it's very interesting to learn that there is more to a "bear" than what people usually think...


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Michael_Wolfe
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also a young heavy teen boy can be call a cub...


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well that makes sense...tho i've never really heard that term before...


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Tommy_Storey
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I alway thought.like you did Mike,
I.e, A hell`s angel`s Type of a
look. All vary tough looking,on the out side,
but just like a big Pussy cat,on the
inside ?? xxxxx


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See I always thought that a Bear, was a guy that after they reach a certain age became a bear, well like me and others my age, and the image it gives is like a few have said, jells angel type, but see, i am more of a bloody mouse lol


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I've always thought of a bear as a guy with a more thick body structure that of course stuck to the more masculine features..such as body hair... Facial hair ... And I supoose an overall acceptance of themselves as they are .. they don't really Care that they are not the spitting image of a ken doll


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i consider myself one im hairy everywhere i hate shaving makes me itchy and i have a belly also but i won't in maybe 2months tops i guess starting after my birthday


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that's great Lerel..i hope you reach your ideal weight...


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yeah thanx..


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