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The Bear Book II : Further Readings in the History and Evolution of a Gay Male Subculture - John DeCecco

The Bear Book II

Further Readings in the History and Evolution of a Gay Male Subculture

Paperback Published: 27th January 2001
ISBN: 9781560231653
Number Of Pages: 462

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Here is a serious discussion of an emerging gay subculture! Take another fascinating journey into the bear's den with the latest offering from Les Wright, author of The Bear Book. The Bear Book II will show you the contrast between the media image of the fun-loving, carefree bear man and the health, image, psychological, technological, and sexual concerns of bears living in the real world. A continuation of The Bear Book (1997), this study of typically big, hairy, and bearded gay men explores bears on a societal and personal level, giving a wide voice to bears of all ages, nationalities, and cultures. Among the topics The Bear Book II: Further Readings in the History and Evolution of a Gay Male Subculture discusses are:

  • health concerns of bears
  • bear body images
  • self-esteem issues for bears
  • physical and psychological bear attributes as portrayed in the media versus actual individual accounts
  • social and sexual institutions in the bear community
  • the role of the Internet in creating a global bear subculture
The Bear Book II will help you to understand the life of a bear. This unique book, the only serious exploration of this topic, offers documentation of a subculture in the making, complete with subjective and analytical perspectives that support this example of postmodern cultural anthropology.

About the Editorp. xiii
Contributorsp. xv
Forewordp. xxiii
Acknowledgmentsp. lxiii
Introductionp. 1
Bear Bodies
Bears and Healthp. 15
Sleep Apneap. 21
Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ASCVD)p. 22
Arteriosclerotic Peripheral Vascular Diseasep. 23
Arthritisp. 23
Cancersp. 23
Cholecystitis and Cholelithiasisp. 24
Diabetes Mellitusp. 24
Duodenal Ulcerp. 25
Gastroesophageal Reflux Diseasep. 26
Heart Attackp. 26
Hiatal Herniap. 26
Hyperlipidemiap. 27
Hypertensionp. 27
Pediculosis (Body Lice)p. 27
Pilonidal Sinus and Cystp. 28
Sexually Transmitted Diseasesp. 28
Two Postscriptsp. 32
Fat Is a Bearish Issuep. 39
Journey into the Psyche of a Chubby-Chaserp. 40
Bearstory/Chubstoryp. 43
Fat Theoryp. 44
Icons and Images of Fat-Desirep. 46
Gripes About Beardomp. 53
Bear Youth: An Interview with Brian Kearns, Bear Youth Webmasterp. 55
By Any Otter Name: The Negative Space of the Bearp. 65
Bears in Spacep. 67
Neighborhood Clansp. 72
The Otter Questionnairep. 77
Responsesp. 79
Inconclusionsp. 90
The Beard of Joseph Palmerp. 95
Bear Testimonies
A Bear Admirer's (Subjective, Fluffy, and Totally Honest) Point of Viewp. 105
A Puerto Rican Bear in the USAp. 109
Family Backgroundp. 111
Breaking Out of Captivityp. 116
One Black Bear Speaksp. 125
An Asian Bear in Minnesotap. 129
The Ephebe Is Dead--Long Live the Bearp. 135
Parlaying Playmates into Lasting Friendshipsp. 137
More Bear Spaces
Theorizing Bearspacep. 147
Bear Bodies in Spacep. 147
Bearspace and Theoryp. 149
Bearspace Exposedp. 155
Skepsis/Bears and Globalizationp. 155
Bearspaces of Subjectivity and Fantasyp. 159
Paws Between Two Worlds: Bears and the Leather Communityp. 163
Gen-X Bears Internationalp. 169
The Bear-A-Tones: An Interview with David Salinasp. 175
East Coast Bear Hugzp. 185
The Bears Mailing List, Part 2: Interview with Henry Menschp. 191
Bear Club Scene
A Bear's Autobiographyp. 205
Bear Contestsp. 211
A Short History of Bear Clubs in Iowa: The Bear Paws of Iowa and The Ursine Groupp. 215
First Meetingp. 216
Issues and Feedback Raised in Articles in The Bear Factsp. 221
The Creation of The Ursine Groupp. 227
Houston Area Bearsp. 233
The Bears Come to Rochesterp. 243
A Short History of the Brisbearsp. 249
More Bears Abroad
A Bear Voice from Turkeyp. 253
Falstaff's Legacy: The Bears of Albionp. 263
The Rise of the Australian Bear Community Since 1995p. 269
June 1995: The Death of Ozbearsp. 269
August 1995: The Birth of Harbour City Bearsp. 270
April 1996: The Birth of VicBears (Originally Melbourne Ozbears)p. 272
February 1997: Bear Essentials '97 and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Grasp. 272
May 1997: The Melbourne Bear and Cub Competitionp. 274
Mid-1997: Brisbears Voted Best Male Club in Brisbanep. 275
Late 1997: New Bear Club in Canberrap. 276
January 1998: The Second Bear Club in Sydneyp. 277
February 1998: Bear Essentials '98 and Sydne Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Become the Biggest Bear Festival in Australia at the Timep. 277
June 1998: Southern Hibearnation '98 and the Mr. Australian Bear and Cub Competition Become the Second Flagship Event for the Australian Bear Communityp. 279
Late 1998: Cougar Leather Club Caters to Bears in Southern Australiap. 280
BearsPerth (Formerly WOMBATS) and Ozbears South Australiap. 281
1999: Further Developmentsp. 281
The Future of Bears in Australiap. 282
Acknowledgmentsp. 283
Bears in Media
You Can Lead a Bear to Culture, but ... or Bears in Literature and Culture: A Discussion with David Bergman and Michael Bronskip. 287
Laid Bear: Masculinity with All the Trappingsp. 305
Methodologyp. 306
Bear Eroticap. 307
Mainstream Gay Eroticap. 315
Leather/SM Eroticap. 317
Discussionp. 319
In Goldilocks's Footsteps: Exploring the Discursive Construction of Gay Masculinity in Bear Magazinesp. 327
We Come Upon This Projectp. 327
Configuring Gay Masculinity/Desire: The Bare/Bear Bodyp. 336
Early Published Writings on Bears by Les Wrightp. 351
Exploring the "Bear" Phenomena (Seattle Gay News, August 3, 1990, pp. 20-21)p. 351
In the Company of Bears: Finding My Way to the Bear Hugs/Leather Bears (Bear Fax 6, 1990, pp. 10-11)p. 357
Sex and the Immutable Laws of Reciprocity (Having Fun at Bear Parties, and More) (Bear Fax 7, 1991, p. 10)p. 359
Bear Sex and Hero Worship (Bear Fax 8, 1991, p. 10)p. 361
Bears Go for Each Other (Bear Fax 9, 1991, p. 10)p. 362
What Is a Bear? Further Reflections (Bear Fax 13, 1992, p. 13)p. 364
Indexp. 367
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ISBN: 9781560231653
ISBN-10: 1560231653
Series: Haworth Gay & Lesbian Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 462
Published: 27th January 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 1

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