Bears on Bears: Interviews and Discussions
Bears, for the uninitiated, are gay men who defiantly challenge society's ideal of physical appearance, who celebrate the fact that they are often large, hairy, and don't give a hoot about what fashions are parading down the runway. In this revised edition of Ron Suresha's thought-provoking, humorous collection of interviews with men, including editor David Bergman, cartoonist Tim Barela, and comedian and writer Bruce Vilanch, questions of gay male stereotyping, commodification of the human body, the oppressiveness of the "physical ideal," and how body image affects personal growth are discussed. Bears on Bears brings together contributors from around the world, from a rich variety of perspectives and backgrounds. With lighthearted playfulness as well as serious analysis, these men describe themselves, their lives and loves, their sense of masculinity, and their flourishing community & culture.