pro athletes being homoerotic...

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    Apr 23, 2009 12:18 PM GMT
    (in a delightful photo collage)

    http://cbs11tv.com/slideshows/Athletes.Sensitive.Sides.20.987308.html
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    Apr 23, 2009 1:59 PM GMT
    Awesome. Amazing what a camera can do icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 23, 2009 2:19 PM GMT
    Dude, these pics are pretty sweet! Oh man, by far my fave has got to be the one of the two water polo players, HOTT!!icon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 23, 2009 2:28 PM GMT
    I would call it camaraderie; homoerotic is a bit strong for those photos and would justify saying all male interaction is homoerotic.
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    Apr 23, 2009 2:32 PM GMT
    well that was disappointing, i was hoping for some boner material
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    Apr 23, 2009 2:58 PM GMT
    There aren't many mixed sex sports so yeah, the "homo" goes without saying. As for the "erotic," well any kind of expression of vitality stirs up those energies.


    I guess... yeah. It sort of is a homoerotic moment caught on pixel. Excellent collection.
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    Apr 23, 2009 3:12 PM GMT
    OK, OK, butt where are all the hugging male gymnasts, wrestlers, and swimmers!!!???icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 23, 2009 3:15 PM GMT
    .......And don't forget H20-polo players in a team huddle - everyone in speedos, bent forward in a circle - looking down - seeing great packaging while listening to the coach bark at us. Those experiences left me conflicted for life!
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    Apr 23, 2009 3:56 PM GMT
    atari84 said(in a delightful photo collage)

    http://cbs11tv.com/slideshows/Athletes.Sensitive.Sides.20.987308.html


    Bro-mance makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 23, 2009 4:06 PM GMT
    I can only imagine what the photos of bath-time look like.
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    Apr 23, 2009 4:19 PM GMT
    Sadly, all too often in our culture displays of same sex physical closeness, ie hugging, arms around each other, get construed as having sexual underpinnings. And fear of being thought of as gay leads lots of straight men to be inhibited in their physical expression of friendship/bonding. I saw nothing in those photos that came across as homoerotic, only sweet photos of guys not bound by those stereotypes. I guess the homoeroticism is in the mind of the beholder.
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    Apr 23, 2009 6:03 PM GMT
    svengali11 saidSadly, all too often in our culture displays of same sex physical closeness, ie hugging, arms around each other, get construed as having sexual underpinnings. And fear of being thought of as gay leads lots of straight men to be inhibited in their physical expression of friendship/bonding. I saw nothing in those photos that came across as homoerotic, only sweet photos of guys not bound by those stereotypes. I guess the homoeroticism is in the mind of the beholder.



    Submission grapplers, including many MMA fighters, are usually very touch-feely guys. If you attend any grappling tournament or MMA fight, hugs are more normal than handshakes, and Euro-style kisses are not unusual with the Latin guys. I think because it's perceived as a "tough guy" sport, those who participate are confident enough in themselves to display emotion through contact without any judgments.
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    Apr 23, 2009 6:14 PM GMT
    It's kinda' funky how some folks have to attach sexuality to comradery. I suppose you can sexualize it, but, in my experience, accomplished athletes generally have excellent self esteem and whether gay, or not, have no issues with comradery.

    The folks I see that sexulize are usually the skinny guys, with low esteem, that have never been in a team sport.

    Many accomplished athletes have no bones about being touched, poke, to hug, etc., and it has nothing to do with sex and everything to do with relationships and self confidence.

    My experience is that the most uptight of all are the non-out gay guys. I.e., the closet cases that live in a world of self-imposed daily fuck ups.

    Now, if you act like a fairy around a bunch of studs, you can expect to take it on the knee.
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    Apr 23, 2009 6:23 PM GMT
    svengali11 saidSadly, all too often in our culture displays of same sex physical closeness, ie hugging, arms around each other, get construed as having sexual underpinnings. And fear of being thought of as gay leads lots of straight men to be inhibited in their physical expression of friendship/bonding. I saw nothing in those photos that came across as homoerotic, only sweet photos of guys not bound by those stereotypes. I guess the homoeroticism is in the mind of the beholder.


    I agree. It's called "camaraderie", not "eroticism". It's unfortunate the gay culture exacerbates it with childish comments like this thread.

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    Apr 23, 2009 6:33 PM GMT
    When I read the title of this thread I thought of this, I don't know why....

    Madonna - Erotica (Video)
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    Apr 24, 2009 12:04 AM GMT
    How is this homoerotic?

    Guys can hug - especially when they're comfortable with who they are.

    Fun photos sure but really.. erotic? Don't think so. this has nothing to do with sexuality
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    Apr 24, 2009 12:39 AM GMT
    You think that these pics are homoerotic????icon_eek.gif Do you think hand shaking is homoerotic, too???
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    Apr 24, 2009 7:14 PM GMT
    Wow.. No one posted this? icon_lol.gif

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    Apr 25, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    Well - I completely agree with many of the comments - that in fact there may not be any sexual meaning underpinning these moments ...

    The intent behind my post was pretty much purely superficial/aesthetic...and a little tongue in cheek observation of how ridiculous it is that professional sports is one of the few settings where it is socially acceptable for men to display such affection towards one another.

    BUT wow, I was blown away in particular, by the homophobic reasoning underpinning this comment (though I doubt it was intentional..):

    svengali11 saidAnd fear of being thought of as gay leads lots of straight men to be inhibited in their physical expression of friendship/bonding.


    While Svengali is probably pretty spot on here about both his points, that 1) yes, homoeroticism is in the eye of the beholder AND 2) straight men fear being thought of as gay and may modify their behaviour so as not to be labeled as such....There is also a homophobic undertone that suggests we should uphold the idea that being gay is a terrible thing, something worthy of fearing even...

    I'd argue, that if straight men had no issue with same sex desire between two men, then there wouldn't be anything offensive about interpreting those photos as homoerotic - perhaps the subjects in those photos wouldn't care less if someone found some homoerotic eyecandy in them.

    Thus, it's a bit heterosexist to suggest that there is anything wrong with another guy looking at a couple of half naked straight guys embracing each other, looking into each others eyes...and finding it hot.

    In other words constructing homo-desire as 'something to fear' sux.