as a body type of gay men, as an identity, as a community and culture, etc; there is some mingling with posting about actual creatures of the genus Ursus

5/25/10: Waltzing wth Bears:
“Waltzing with Bears”: the song, as a children’s song and as gay male song; bear culture
[from Wikipedia:] Bears tend to have hairy bodies and facial hair; some are heavy-set; some project an image of working-class masculinity in their grooming and appearance, though none of these are requirements or unique indicators. Some bears place importance on presenting a hypermasculine image and may shun interaction with, and even disdain, men who exhibit effeminacy. The bear concept can function as an identity, an affiliation, and an ideal to live up to, and there is ongoing debate in bear communities about what constitutes a bear

5/1/11: Male intimacy:
1st photo: “bare bears at breakfast, being charmingly domestic”

3/6/12: And on bears…:
a bear comic

9/23/15: Mark Mason, Matt Bauer, and Gay Porn Minus Gay Sex:

The Minus version was apparently created by “Titpig”, presumably the actor Steve Hurley, a hairy, muscular bear who is sometimes known by this name, from his own sexual predilections.

… Titpigs are stereotypically big hairy men, bears, leathermen, and sexual fetishists. Steve Hurley is all of these (on the last, he has a thing for cigars), so the name fits him well.

7/15/17: Wonder Bears!:
bear culture, drag

9/23/17: Bear chairs:
gay bears; the bear pride flag, the leather pride flag

☛ 3/28/18: Deviant Last Suppers:
#6 the bear variant

4/17/18: Cuppy and his cub:
bandanna codes; drag names; bears and cubs

5/4/18: Stuff your furry friend:
bear culture

5/5/18: Muscle Bears and Lusty Lads:
2008 film from U.S. Male: Josh West, David West, Dak Ramsey, Lance Bennett

5/5/18: Lusty days:
regular blog version of material from Muscle Bears and Lusty Lads

5/5/18: Lusty days:
on the porn flick, on my regular blog

11/17/18: Teddy Bears’ Picnic Day:
another song (with possible gay subtext); cf. “Waltzing with Bears”

12/5/18: News for bears: St. Corbinian:
Recent news flashes for bears: the 11/17/18 posting “Teddy Bears’ Picnic Day” (with the customary bow to possible gay subtexts); and the 12/4/18 posting “Santa Barbara: smite him with lightning”, with image #2 — Corrado Parducci’s Horace Rackham Fountain at the Detroit Zoo (1939), featuring a pair of sculpture bears. Now, continuing the lives of the saints theme, but disregarding the many saints named Ursus or Ursula, we come to St. Corbinian, the [Bavarian] patron saint of bears (thanks to the 8th-century Miracle of the Bear).

12/5/18: News for (massive) dogs: St. Bernard of Menthon:
image #2 is a map showing location of “Bern(e), which might or might not involve bears etymologically, but has one on its coat of arms”:

12/8/18: News for bears: cities of bears:
more on Bern; on the movie BearCity; and on two California cities of bears, Big Bear City in San Bernardino County and Los Osos in San Luis Obispo County

10/21/19: 11k little bears, done in by the Huns:
October 21, the feast day of St. Ursula (and 11 thousand martyred virgins); the Ursulines

11/1/19: Bears in the woods:
mostly cartoon ursines, but also subcultural connections via “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” and “Waltzing With Bears”

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