Bears on Bears: Interviews and Discussions

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Ron Jackson Suresha
Lethe Press, Aug 1, 2009 - Social Science - 328 pages
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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.
  

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I enjoyed the incite on this cloistered society of Hirsute men. Read full review

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I've only read the intro and the first interview (so far) but I'm loving this book already. I've decided Bears are to gay bois what Femmes are to gay grrls. Now I'm confused, am I femmey tomboy or a bear cub? Read full review

Contents

Bears as Subcultural Subversives An interview with Eric Rofes
13
You Can Lead a Bear to Culture But A discussion with David Bergman and Michael Bronski
25
Big B Bears and Little B Bears A discussion with Wayne Hoffman Chris Wittke and Rex Wockner
41
Bear Spirit in Community A discussion with Al Cotton Alex Damman and Jim Mitulski
51
Bear Affirmation Bear Activism An interview with Rev Troy Perry
59
Bear History and Evolution
65
The Birth of Girth and Mirth An interview with Reed Wilgoren
67
Tracing the Genome of Ursomasculinity An interview with Jack Fritscher
79
Telling a New Bears Story An interview with Kevin Bowe
161
Does a Bear Run in the Woods? An interview with Dan Hunt
167
What Makes a Bear Porn Legend? An interview with Jack Radcliffe
173
Weight and Fat as Masculine Drag A discussion with Dr Lawrence
183
Bear Beauty and the Affirmation of Bear Contests A discussion with Craig
195
Bearotica and the Selling ofBearsex A discussion with Richard Labontť
203
Circuit Bears and the Bear Circus A discussion with Lou Dattilo Frank
213
Bear Maturity Bear Masculinity A discussion with Arnie Kantrowitz
223

Rainbow MC and the Old Lone Star A discussion with Pete Vafiades
97
Let the Laughing Bear Lead An interview with Rick Trombly
111
Evolving Bear Community A discussion with Les Wright
117
Bear Arts and Culture
125
Hoping for Something Bigger An interview with Bruce Vilanch
127
Surviving as a Fat Naked Fag An interview with Rich Hatch
135
An Entertaining Gay Life An interview with Larry Flick
143
The Cartoonist as MiddleAged Bear An interview with Tim Barela
149
Bear Like Him An interview with Jonathan Cohen
157
Nonbearish BearLovers A discussion with Manny
239
Ethnic Bears and Bears of Color A discussion with David Gerard
251
From Boomer Bears to GenX Bears to Bear Youth A discussion with Terry
263
Bears Embodied and Beyond
271
Technobears and Cybearspace A discussion with Steve Dyer Jeff Glover
285
Postbears and ExBears A discussion with
291
International Bear Brotherhood A discussion with Eduardo Chavez
301
Selected Bibliography References and Resources
323
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About the author (2009)

Suresha's work has appeared in American Bear, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, In Newsweekly, Gay Community News, White Crane Journal, Art and Understanding, The Bear Book, and The Bear Book II. He lives in Boston.

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