WRESTLING Saved Me from AIDS

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    Aug 21, 2011 8:33 PM GMT
    I'm cleaning off hard drives to make a follow-up DVD to the STRONGHOLD: In the Grip of Wrestling documentary, and thought you might like this clip that was not used in the film (mostly because it was overexposed lighting). But still an interesting piece.

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    Aug 21, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    Oh, this is Gene, head of Golden Gate Wrestling Club in San Francisco.
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    Aug 21, 2011 11:02 PM GMT
    Wrestling didn't save anybody from AIDS if they were active bottoms. And the whole "stakes match" (winner bones loser) subculture of the Gay side of the sport probably contributed to the casualty count. Not that I want to take anything away from one of the greatest and funnest athletic activities of all. But seriously - if you were mostly or only a top, then got nervous and celibate when the hysteria started growing, the odds of your contracting HIV plummeted whether you rassled or crocheted or whatever.
    Another of Mr D's points is well taken, that of having a quality circle of friends to occupy your time which might've otherwise been spent trolling for hookups and therefore lowering STI risks. Here again, though, that holds true no matter what the network derives from.
    No offense to a person I've been acquainted with, and who I hold in high regard in many ways. But "lighting quality" isn't the only reason that it's just as well that segment didn't make it to the final cut.
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    Aug 21, 2011 11:41 PM GMT
    MuslNorganLikr saidWrestling didn't save anybody from AIDS if they were active bottoms. And the whole "stakes match" (winner bones loser) subculture of the Gay side of the sport probably contributed to the casualty count. Not that I want to take anything away from one of the greatest and funnest athletic activities of all. But seriously - if you were mostly or only a top, then got nervous and celibate when the hysteria started growing, the odds of your contracting HIV plummeted whether you rassled or crocheted or whatever.
    Another of Mr D's points is well taken, that of having a quality circle of friends to occupy your time which might've otherwise been spent trolling for hookups and therefore lowering STI risks. Here again, though, that holds true no matter what the network derives from.
    No offense to a person I've been acquainted with, and who I hold in high regard in many ways. But "lighting quality" isn't the only reason that it's just as well that segment didn't make it to the final cut.


    Have you seen the documentary or read any of the "Growing Up Wrestling" books I've published? I think you'll be much better informed.