No matter where you go, gay lingo will always be colorful, witty, unabashed, and quite delightful. French gay slang is no different. A word of caution though, this article is not for everyone as it contains some sexual terminology that may be offensive to some. So, if you are sensitive to this sort of thing, please stop now.
In gay culture, a bear is a larger and often hairier man who projects an image of rugged masculinity. However, in San Francisco during 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 slim , cub young bear on the way , or wolf hairy, medium build. The word manatee describes a big, hairless man, i. The term bear was popularized by Richard Bulger, who, along with his then partner Chris Nelson — , founded Bear Magazine in There is some contention surrounding whether Bulger originated the term and the subculture's conventions. The bear concept can function as an identity or an affiliation, and there is ongoing debate in bear communities about what constitutes a bear.
Bears are carnivoran mammals of the family Ursidae. They are classified as caniforms , or doglike carnivorans. Although only eight species of bears are extant, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Common characteristics of modern bears include large bodies with stocky legs, long snouts, small rounded ears, shaggy hair, plantigrade paws with five nonretractile claws, and short tails.
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