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Bears on Bears - Ron Jackson Suresha

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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 damn about what fashions are parading down the runway. Ron Suresha's thought-provoking, humorous longform interviews with men, including editor David Bergman, cartoonist Tim Barela, and comedian and writer Bruce Vilanch, examine questions of gay male stereotyping, commodification of the human body, the oppressiveness of the "physical ideal," and how body image affects personal growth. Bringing together 57 contributors from around the world, from a rich variety of perspectives and backgrounds, these Bears and Bear-lovers describe themselves, their lives and loves, their sense of masculinity, and their flourishing community-cum-culture with light-hearted playfulness as well as serious analysis. The first interview book ever to be compiled primarily from online interactions, this groundbreaking collection of voices is both entertaining and enlightening.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xv
Bear Philosophy and Identity
Bears as Subcultural Subversives: An Interview With Eric Rofesp. 3
Big B Bears and Little B Bears: A Discussion With Wayne Hoffman, Chris Wittke, and Rex Wocknerp. 18
You Can Lead a Bear to Culture But...: A Discussion With David Bergman and Michael Bronskip. 30
Bear Essentials: Bear Spirit in Community: A Discussion With Al Cotton, Alex Damman, and Jim Mitulskip. 50
Bear History and Evolution
The Birth of Girth and Mirth: An Interview With Reed Wilgorenp. 63
Bearness's Big Blank: Tracing the Genome of Ursomasculinity: An Interview With Jack Fritscherp. 77
The Rainbow MC and the Old Lone Star: A Discussion With Pete Vafiadesp. 97
From Cult to Subculture to Couture: Evolving Bear Community: A Discussion With Les Wrightp. 114
Bear Icons and Celeb-bear-ties
What Makes a Bear Porn Legend? An Interview With Jack Radcliffep. 125
Let the Laughing Bear Lead: An Interview With Rick Tromblyp. 137
Surviving as a Fat Naked Fag: An Interview With Rich Hatchp. 143
Portrait of the Cartoonist as a Middle-Aged Bear: An Interview With Tim Barelap. 153
Hoping for Something Bigger: An Interview With Bruce Vilanchp. 163
Bear Sex and Styles
Weight and Fat as Masculine Drag: A Discussion With Dr. Lawrence Massp. 175
Bear Beauty and the Affirmation of Bear Contests: A Discussion With Craig Byrnes, Gene Landry, and Michael Pattersonp. 189
Bearotica and the Selling of Bear Sex: A Discussion With Richard Labonte and Tim Martinp. 199
Circuit Bears and the Bear Circus: A Discussion With Lou Dattilo, Frank Perricone, Adam Steg, and Danny Williamsp. 211
Bear Ages and Stages
Bear Maturity, Bear Masculinity: A Discussion With Arnie Kantrowitz and Mark Thompsonp. 223
Tourists in Bearland: Nonbearish Bear Lovers: A Discussion With Manny Lim and Kirk Readp. 242
Ethnic Bears and Bears of Color: A Discussion With David Gerard, Ali Lopez, and George Varasp. 255
From Boomer Bears to Gen-X Bears to Bear Youth: A Discussion With Terry Jamro, Brian Kearns, and Heath McKayp. 270
Bears and Beyond
Lesbears and Transbears: Dykes and FTMs as Bears: A Discussion With Sharon Jill Bear Bergman, Drew Campbell, Michael "Mike" Hernandez, and Matt Ricep. 283
Technobears and Cybearspace: A Discussion With Steve Dyer, Jeff Glover, Mike Ramsey, and Alex Schellp. 297
A Space beyond Beardom: Postbears and Ex-Bears: A Discussion With Van Buckley, Steven Evans, and Tim Morrisonp. 306
International Bear Brotherhood: A Discussion With Eduardo Chavez, Seumas Hyslop, Xavier Navarro, Marcelo Perales, Glen Purdon, Mali Sahin, Woody Shimko, and Justin Spoonerp. 318
Chronology of Interviews and Listing of Excerptsp. 341
Glossaryp. 345
Selected Bibliography, References, and Resourcesp. 347
About the Authorp. 351
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ISBN: 9781555835781
ISBN-10: 1555835783
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 1st February 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41