Friday, March 2, 2012
Bears He Has Known
When you asked me to contribute to BearTalk, I hadn’t really thought much about it before, but it turns out my life and my fiction have been full of bears. Checking through a collection of erotic short stories published years ago, I just discovered, as characters, a biker, day laborer, trucker, farm laborer, construction workers, and a high school gym coach. Kind of surprised me to find bears even in my recently published erotic sci fi novel, Revolt of the Naked. On a distant planet far in the future, I have the Jungle Men -- bearded, husky, strong, also good guys (rescuing slaves from bad guys, etc.). Definitely bears.
And I thought bears were just part of my “real life,” where I’ve always been attracted to beefy guys, firm-bodied, hairy, with muscles a nice plus.
But it’s not just physical. I’m no fan of artifice or b.s. in relationships. If somebody insists so intensely on some affectation/pretense that the price of relating to him is constantly shoring up his illusions, well.... In short, for me, as a rough rule of thumb, the more “spectacular” the exterior of a person, the less there is inside. There are all kinds in the Bear World, as in any other, but I think it’s safe to generalize this far: Bears tend to favor a naturalness of masculinity, a gentle frankness, and a simplicity of dress. Three ways of coming on that combine beautifully, I believe. Laid-back without being snobbish or withdrawn or phoney, relating without b.s’ing, clothed to personal advantage but without excess or exaggeration.
And of course I really like to feel their weignt on me, in whatever position. But maybe that’s just me.
Hm, guess I’ve been lucky to have lived in San Francisco from back when: The Lone Star, opening in 1989, served not only to collect a lot of bears under one roof (and patio), but also to willy-nilly encourage the development of bear life and ways. Now bears are everywhere, and so are bear bars and other meeting places. A few years ago a friend sent me some photos of the annual Gay Pride parade in Mexico City. One of them showed a group carrying a big length of sign: OSOS DE MEXICO.
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Blurb: The colonists on Talanta, man’s farthest reach into space from Earth, strive to continue the human race after a plague has left only males alive. A race of slaves is created, the Nakeds, who are unable to resist any order given them by their masters, the Freemen. Many of the Nakeds are worked to exhaustion and made to perform any sexual service their masters desire. Some colonists, refusing to accept slavery and unable to stop it, escape to a tropical forest and form their own settlement. The Nakeds are left completely at the mercy of their masters. Until an act of nature serves to reveal the closely held secret of their total obedience...