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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.
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What People Are Saying

Wayne Hoffman
Everyone knows that bears like to frolic with their furry friends, but Les Wright has once again shown that bears have a serious side, too. Pulling together a diverse array of contributors, The Bear Book II opens up the intellectual and political issues that often remain unexamined about this gay male subculture—from health concerns to cultural tensions to media portrayals. This smart and complicated collection will open the eyes of many gay to the reality of the bears in their midst—and give the bears themselves some food for thought, as well.
— (Wayne Hoffman, Managing Editor, New York Blade)
Pete Chvany
A second outstanding collection of essays on the bear phenomenon. Alternately sexy, smart, and warm-hearted, much like the men who make up bear communities.
— (Pete Chvany, PhD, activist, Bisexual Resource Center)
J. H. Sibal
A buffet with a selection of dishes offering something for everyone. Great food for the new millennium.
— (J. H. Sibal, MA, Lecturer, Inderdisciplinary Studies, New York University Continuing and Professional Studies, New York)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560231653
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Gay and Lesbian Studies Series
  • Pages: 478
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

  • About the Editor
  • Contributors
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • PART I: Bear Bodies
    • Chapter 1: Bears and Health
    • Chapter 2: Fat is a Bearish Issue
    • Chapter 3: Bear Youth
    • Chapter 4: Otters
    • Chapter 5: The Beard of Joseph Brown
  • PART II: Bear Testimonies
    • Chapter 6: A Bear
    • Chapter 7: A Puerto Rican Bear in the USA
    • Chapter 8: One Black Bear Speaks
    • Chapter 9: An Asian Bear in Minnesota
    • Chapter 10: A Generation X Bear Speaks
    • Chapter 11: The Ephebe is Dead: Long Live the Bear
    • Chapter 12: Parlaying Sex into Friendships
  • PART III: More Bear Spaces
    • Chapter 13: Theorizing "Bearspace"
    • Chapter 14: Bear Semiotics
    • Chapter 15: Paws Between Two Worlds: Bears and the Leather Community
    • Chapter 16: Generation X Manifesto
    • Chapter 17: The Beartones: An Interview with David Salinas
    • Chapter 18: East Coast Bearhugz
    • Chapter 19: The Bears Mailing List, Part 2
  • PART IV: Bear Club Scene
    • Chapter 20: A Bear's Autobiography
    • Chapter 21: Bear Contests
    • Chapter 22: A Short History of the Bear Clubs in Iowa: The Bear Paws of Iowa and the Ursine Group
    • Chapter 23: Houston Area Bears
    • Chapter 24: Empire Bears
    • Chapter 25: Brisbears
  • PART V: More Bears Abroad
    • Chapter 26: A Bear Voice from Turkey
    • Chapter 27: Falstaff's Legacy: The Bears of Albion
    • Chapter 28: The Growth of the Australian Bear Community Since 1995
  • PART VI: Bears in Media
    • Chapter 29: You Can Lead a Bear to Culture, but. . ., or, Bears in Literature and Culture: A Discussion with David Bergman and Michael Bronski
    • Chapter 30: Laid Bear: Masculinity with all the Trappings
    • Chapter 31: In Goldilock's Footsteps: Exploring the Discursive Construction of Gay Masculinity in Bear Magazines
  • Appendix: Reprint of Early Bear Writings
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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