As I’ve been browsing through the ever-growing online community of bear & bear aficionados in Tumblr, I just realized just how, in such a short time, our group has grown to astounding proportions. Just to think, about a decade ago like-minded individuals got to know each other through email lists and chat rooms. They were smaller and private niche communities that only the persistent and dedicated would find. With the advent of social networking and instant access to media, our loves, lusts, and fetishes are displayed out in the forefront not just for us but for the rest of the world.
Never had I thought that I’d be living in a time where I’d be inundated by images of bearish and chubby men. But that is how it is today. The sharing and delivery of such images and videos come in such a rapid pace that if you blink for a second, you’d miss almost a year’s worth of masculine media (in comparison to a decade ago, for instance). I feel like an old wheel trying to keep up with the young and tech-savvy kids who are proficient with the language of Facebooks, Twitters, and the like.
The thing is, I have noticed a sort of evolution. Those of us who were in need of a connection with others who shared our passion found it in the world of the “bear subculture.” However, diverse groups have come out of that culture. From the chubs to the brutes, the daddies to the cubs, the furry and the smooth, new groups and types have quickly grown to develop their unique identities. In short, we share a common trait with them: we love men of larger-than-typical sizes. However, just because they share such a trait does not necessarily make them a part of the “bear subculture.”
Recently I just involved myself in commenting about the “What is a bear?” debate. Without even mentioning my stance on this here, let’s just say that no one truly owns the term. In fact, when I started the idea of “bearmythology,” I created it for people who had an affinity towards bearish-looking men. So it is in my heart’s content to see other folks like me who discuss about such men without associating it with any particular culture.
They know that they like big guys and that’s just how the way it is.
And as I’m about to leave the online world in a few minutes, I’d like end with these images from a wonderful (and NSFW) blog called The BeefMonger’s Blog…
I’m gonna keep this short. I’m back! ^_^ (I needed that 2 month sabbatical and I believe that I’m ready to get back into this blogging thing with WordPress…)
Tumblr was the main reason I stopped this blog for a bit. It was a bit more personal/intimate and I was able to talk about other things besides bears. It also gave me a break from the drama and headache I tend to get because of the very nature of this blog. But I think I’m ready again for such — ahem — crap, so let me have ’em.
Anyway, to start this off, let me just give you guys and gals a sampling of why I focused more on Tumblr the past few days: here are the creme de la creme of the smoking hot bears of Tumblr. As it’s “Shirtless Saturday,” then that’s the type of photos you’ll find here. 😛
If there’s anybody I’m thoroughly obsessed with on Tumblr, then it is the ever-woofy and ever-adorable jambos. It’s basically criminal to be this unbelievably hot and be just 23 years old! I started BearMythology on 2000 and jambos was just 13 at the time! It just boggles my mind thinking about that. Other than that, he has a great sense of humor and he puts up with my lame attempts at online flirting. He has a wonderful heart and his eyes will truly mesmerize you. I seriously challenge you to not get instantly smitten at the sight of this handsome bear…
Christmasonthemoon (Moony, for short) is someone I haven’t really met offline or on. He’s this young kid who has completely accepted his sexuality and does not dwell on it at all. I have a lot to learn from this young lad, and he’s not aware of how I really see him as my hero. He also wants to pursue writing which made me “love” him further. Thanks to him, I’m about to start on another venture which involves writing fiction (so that should be fun). As much as I think that he’s a hot young bear, I’m putting him here as an inspiration to the other young readers out there. I consider myself a good mentor when it comes to academia, but in regards to coming out to your family and peers, I’m not the right person to talk to about it (as I’m still pretty much in the closet). Consider Moony as a person who truly understands who he is and he simply doesn’t care about what others think of him. I think that’s the best advice anybody can ever give anybody — gay or straight.
Queervoice, or Zach, is also the founder and owner of one of the coolest site for us LGBTQ folk: QueerVoice.net. He is very opinionated and I love him for it. There were maybe 2 or 3 occasions where I really wanted to give him a good rimming (heh) and then I wonder “why only 2 or 3?” He is also drop dead sexy with his milky smooth skin and a handsome face that can convince me to do very bad things.
Sofakingbear has got to be the hottest bear on the planet. His eyebrows truly stand out and I haven’t seen any bearish fella that would even resemble his facial features. He has this very “unique” look and I simply adore it. Remember now, I’m just talking about his face. Speaking of his body, I will actually blurt out, “DAAAAYUUM!” Because, honestly, take a look at these photos and tell me if I’m wrong. I triple challenge dare you.
MrBenzadrine, or Benzy, is an enigma as he’s possibly shy in real life but a freaky exhibitionist on Tumblr. I guess if I wasn’t such your typical self-loathing queer then I’d probably be as courageous as Benzy. However, if I was as remotely hot as Benzy, then I’d probably have no issue getting stripped down to my birthday suit and even finding the time to teach others to properly wear a cock ring (is it shameful to admit that I don’t have one?)… KGHBear is his partner and they will get married this year and I am personally elated at such news. Oh and did I forget to mention that kghbear is another fine slab of sexy bear? Believe me, I won’t forget. And here are both the sexy Benzy and KGHBear…
This hot bear with the cross-eye-inducing nickname is James William Hindle. Before I talk about him, check out this music video of his:
I’m always starry-eyed every time I see him post. Chubarama was the one who introduced me to him many moons ago (in internet time) from his blog. And when I asked him to take a photo of himself with his Gizmo doll and actually did it, well, it was like “heavenly” — for truly a lack of a better description. He’s a talented musician and producer and I wish him the best. He also likes to take photos when he’s in the bath and that is always a great thing. Last but not least, he is one gorgeous woofy bear…
ABearJunkie, aka Will, is pretty much my identical brother. Except I’m Asian, so I refer to him as my Seoul Brother. His tastes in bears and entertainment are eerily similar to mines. Unfortunately, unlike me, he can grow a wicked beard and has a fantastically sexy body. (This is brand new news to me, Will!) He is also packing some serious heat, if you know what I mean. Let’s just say that it’s longer than the Wii controller.
Finally, but not least, we have Husbears. I don’t think I have seen anyone who was literally borne to have such a sexy moustache. He also loves to make goofy faces and he’s even more adorable because of it. He is sexy and cute and utterly huggable.
This is just a sampling of the bears I have had the pleasure of hanging around with on Tumblr. There is a heck of a lot more, but these are the ones I have been comfortable talking and flirting with on the Tumblr Dashboard. “Being hot” is definitely just an additional bonus because they’re all just really cool folks to talk to. Even with our common interest with bearish men, each and every one of them are so undeniably unique. And I just want to take this time to thank them for being so.
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That’s what I love about these chubby college guys, man.
I get older, they stay the same age.
This is just awesome. It’s a parody of The Verve Pipe’s The Freshmen. There’s a lot of eye candy here for you fans of chubby college guys.
You guys are probably sick and tired of me about talking about Tumblr. However, I just want many of you to join as it’s definitely a great place to pool our resources when it comes to finding bears, chubs, daddies, and brutes. To start you off, these guys are the best (and they’re in alphabetical order). As this is the world of Tumblr, treat them as being NSFW.
And, of course, my two Tumblr pages:
We definitely need to make our furry, chubby, brawny presence known. We love big men and we cannot lie. So unleash your 14-year-old girl (and if you are already a female, just unleash your giddy adolescent self) and start your own Tumblr blog. I must admit that I am not as “savvy” and “quick” like those other folks I have listed. However, I am indeed old and that is a very valid excuse. ^_^
The following are just an awesome sampling of all the great photos you will find from those fine Tumblr-folk (Tumblerettes? Tumblerdudes?)
I seemed to have missed a couple of more Judo Bears from the Beijing Olympics. Here are two handsome Dutch judokas.
The first one is the babyface Grim Vuijsters:
Just when Grim’s judogi gets fully untucked, he gives us a frontal peek
then turns sideways and closes it. How cruel!
The other is the handsomely husky Dennis van der Geest.
I’ve been watching True Blood and I can’t seem to decide whether I like it or not. I love the concept, but the characters appear to be either one-dimensional or unsympathetic. Furthermore, for those who know me, I’m a prude and there’s way too much sex going on. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against explicit sex on cable television, but this show is basically — inadvertently or not — comparing vampires to homosexuals. The show has used terms such as “coming out of the coffin” and this clever gem:
Anyway, the “danger” of such a metaphor is it just instills the “myth” of homosexuals being always “hungry” for sex (truth is, all human beings are “hungry” for sex). Worse, being compared to vampires, it even perpetuates another fear of heterosexual folk: gay people will victimize and molest both children and straight adults.
I am probably reading too much into this, but I guess I personally wish that the vampires and people presented in the show are, well, multi-dimensional and sympathetic. Luckily, the straight folk are also always hungry for sex, so I guess it all balances out. Also, as much as I love Anna Paquin’s character of Sookie, It’s just hard to root for a heroine who can read other peoples’ minds. However, the main vampire, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), is the only character so far that I could truly root for. He’s the saving grace of the show, in my opinion.
Anyway, enough of my criticisms. Regardless of my feelings about the show, I’m pretty much hooked and will watch this show and see where it leads. Also, there’s this cool web-comic where it gives you a background on the mythology of True Blood:
The following are some screenshots of a cute husky bear from the opening credits. I’m not sure if these are “stock footage” or if he’s an actual actor.
The following are screenshots of some bearish men in episode 4, Escape From Dragon House. It’s pretty unfortunate as they had like 5 seconds of screen time each where we get to hear their thoughts. Bonus question: Guess what kind of thoughts we would hear from these “bearish” men?