For as long as I've been in the "bear community," there's been debate over what defines a "bear." To some, the man has to have a belly, beard, and body fur. To others, just facial hair. And yet some think a little sprinkling of chest hair is enough to be called a bear. (I know that I'm not a bear bear....hence my term "behr." But this isn't about me. For once.)
As I've shared, I'm on the mobile app GROWLr, which basically is like GRINDr, Scruff, and other "pleasure seeking" mobile applications. As I peruse the profiles of various men, I am often a bit surprised at who considers themselves "bears." For example...the following three have attached the label "bear" or "muscle bear" to themselves. Now I admit these are healthy looking men. And definitely "muscle" guys.
|This guy doesn't seem to have a single solitary hair on his body. Where does "bear" fit in here?|
|This guy has a skinny goatee...and maybe a fine dusting of hair on his chest (although it's not a great picture and difficult to see).|
|This third guy has the beard scruff going (I'm jealous, to be honest) but otherwise...I'm still not reading "bear" in his appearance. (That's okay...I'd still do him.)|
Now I've selected four random other guys who - in my opinion - are "bears:"
|I consider this man a bear because of his size, facial hair, and body fur...he looks muscular with a thin layer of cushioning.|
|This is a nice beefy muscle bear...note the beautiful belly and gorgeous chest with the fine covering of fur. The glasses and goatee and shaved head make him particularly bearish.|
|Another fine example of a bear...the bulk, the fur, the beard, the gorgeous eyes...tell me you don't want to cuddle the hell out of him.|