Move Over, Metrosexuals: Meet the Straight Bears

Furry, oversize guys are befriending the gays

One group member from a “straight bear” social network on Tribe.net. admits that he (and his friends) have not found their gay bromances a plus in scoring. “I have almost never found even a single woman—let alone women, plural—who find us appealing,” he writes in an e-mail. “The term, sometimes. But not us.”

Still, bears maintain that men of a certain size provide an important “something more” for their partners to wrap their arms around. That includes you, ladies.

Mike Maddalena, chair of MetroBears NYC, the city’s premier bear club, has hung with straight bears and experienced some positive female reactions. “I think women like the maschismo aspects of who a bear is,” he says. Metrosexuality is overrated and difficult to keep up. Women prefer a man who is laid-back, down-to-earth, and focused on her—not a pretty boy.”

Well, OK! With the Fab Five of Queer Eye no longer grooming straight men, teaching them how to make a quiche or the proper way to fold a sweater, straight bears may well represent the natural successor to the stag hag. As the nation grows ever larger, this may be the moment in which the bear movement paws its way out of the gay cave, while it’s the metrosexuals who go into hibernation.

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