On Body Acceptance: Woof, Take a Look at that Bear!

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About N. C. Harrison

NC Harrison is a son, seminarian, strongman and brother, sometimes but not always in that order. He received his Master of Divinity in July 2013 and now wonders if he is ready to make his way in the world. He would mostly like people to remember his smoked shoulder, barbecued ribs and char-broiled burgers.

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  1. David May says:

    Yes, you are a hot muscle bear. And you may take more comfort in this: Gay men are far more particular about male beauty than women will ever be. Whatever they say to the contrary, women are swayed by eyes, smiles and romance more than they are by mere looks — not that they don’t appreciate male beauty, they just aren’t as critical of it as gay men are wont to be.

    While I never considered myself a bear, neither was I ever comfortable with the meth-induced anorexia of the 1970s physique, nor with the 1980s hairless, muscle bound jock. But I always found other gay men like me: men with meat on their bones and hair on their faces, men attracted to the same. [Woof!]

  2. Oliver Lee Bateman says:

    I completely agree with this point, David: “Gay men are far more particular about male beauty than women will ever be. Whatever they say to the contrary, women are swayed by eyes, smiles and romance more than they are by mere looks — not that they don’t appreciate male beauty, they just aren’t as critical of it as gay men are wont to be.” It’s a post-worthy and thought-provoking topic, and, should you choose to write about it, I’d be happy to run it on this MCoA sub-blog.

  3. As a gay man, I’ve found bears to be some of the most open-minded and accepting people when it comes to body types and appearance. And I’m about as far from a bear as a man can get.

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