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Gay Body Types
Gay men often use descriptive terms to identify and label other gays within the wider community. You no doubt have heard some of these labels …jock, otter, bear, cub, wolf and so forth. But many gay men wonder to themselves, what do these terms mean?
How many times have you approached your friends, perhaps sending them a selfie of yourself in the mirror and asked:
“What am I? Which group do I fall into? Am I a cub? And what is heck is a wolf?”
After conducting extensive research using high-grade statistical analysis software and combing through the Internet to scan Google keyword algorithms, Mister Hollywood is ready to reveal the most up to date, generally agreed upon typology groups used by gay men to describe one another.
To simplify the process and for giggles, popular film and television celebrity photos are used as a point of reference. At the end of this article, you will be provided a link to a gay census website where you can punch in your information to gain more insight into your potential category.
Please note that not all of the groups appear here and the ones that do may have a subgroup. It is entirely possible that your group does not appear. Finally, some may disagree with these labels as there continues to be ongoing friction regarding what they mean. This is an attempt to offer clarity. Can you identify your gay body type?
Let’s jump right in …
In the gay world, an otter would be considered a thin gay male that is hairy and may or may not use a trimmer to shorten body hair. Some have beards, some do not. Otters are usually smaller in frame when compared to the heavier cub or bear. Otters look a lot like what you would see in a picture of an otter … they are hairy. A person can be an otter regardless of age. Otters are considered to be part of the larger bear community.
An example of an otter might be found in Scott Caan. Notice he is slightly hairy in the photograph, perhaps even trimming as a way of reducing hair on his chest and torso. You have seen Scott in a number of movies and TV Shows, including films like Into the Blue and Hawaii Five-0. He is 5ft 5 inches tall and was born in Los Angels.
Otters characteristically are not super built but can be athletic. Again, they are hairy (some think they are smooth and that would be incorrect). Think of otters being somewhere between cubs and bears …not as massive as bears and certainly smaller than cubs.
Characteristically, a wolf is gay male who is semi-hairy, muscular, lean, attractive and sexually aggressive. A wolf is sometimes considered to be part of the larger bear community or bear spectrum. Some also describe wolves as slimmer bears but there is a lot of disagreement on this.
Most all wolves have facial hair. Height or age is not assigned to wolves. Subgroups of wolves can be found in aging wolves, which are gay men with wolf like features that are starting to turn a bit gray.
And then there are full on silver or gray wolves, terms that describe an older wolf with gray or white facial/body hair.
A celebrity example of a younger wolf would be Joe Manganiello. He fits all of the requirements to be placed into this category. Interestingly enough, Maganiello plays the part of a wolf in the HBO hit series, True Blood.
Older wolves, particularly aging wolf types, might be found in the example of Hugh Jackman, the mid 40’s something hottie who you saw in the movies X-Men andThe Wolverine.
Characteristically, a bear would be a gay man that is somewhat large and usually heavy but can be muscular. The bear projects an image of masculinity.
Some bears are so caught up in projecting a masculine image that they shun other would be bears who they feel come off as effeminate. Many bears consider themselves to be harmless and even playful.
- Muscle Bears: Body size is a function of muscle and not body fat
- Polar Bears: Older bear with gray/white hair on face and most of body
- Sugar Bears: Effeminate bears that are shunned by masculine bears
An example of a bear might be found in the body type of 1954 born John Travolta, as seen in this picture. At one time,Travolta was considered to be a gym bunny and perhaps wolf. Bears usually are hairy (or somewhat hairy) and have a fairly large protruding belly.
Other celebrity bear body types include the now deceased James Gandolfini (aka:Tony Soprano) and actor/comedian Robin Williams.
For gay men, the term cub is used to describe a younger (or younger looking) male, usually husky or heavier in body type and almost always hairy.
While many cubs have a beard, it is not a requirement to fit in this category. Body hair and huskiness are the dominant features for this gay descriptor.
Cubs are sometimes partnered with bears in passive relationships or with other cubs. Cubs can sometimes be considered an apprentice to a bear.
We have cub sub-types:
- Muscle Cubs : Body size is attributable to muscular composition as opposed to body fat.
- Sugar Cubs: Effeminate Cubs
An example of a cub body type mightbe found in the body of Santa Monica, California born Jack Blackwho has played in movies such asSchool of Rock and High Fidelity.
We don’t have a lot of male celebrity examples of cubs. Almost all cubs aspire to become bears within the larger bear community.
In the gay world, the term chub is used to describe an overweight or obese man. Chubs are a distinct sub-group within the gay male population and can be confused with bears. Many bears reject extremely large or obese chubs and do not consider them as part of their subgroup. Chubs have their own events, such as “Mr. Chub International”. An extremely large chub is referred to as a superchubaccording to the research.
An example of a chub/superchub might be found in the body type of actor John Goodman. You have seen him in a number of films and T.V. shows, most notably Roseanne.Another example can be found in John Candy (deceased), who was inPlanes, Trains & Automobiles.
It is important to note that there exists a group of people calledchasers. These individuals are attracted romantically and physically to chubs. Chasers are much smaller than chubs.
A pup typically is a gay male who is fairly young in age. Here we are talking late teens to early 20’s, give or take. Characteristically, pups have little experience in the gay world, are naïve, energetic and cute.
Pups are similar to cubs except pups are not involved in the bear community and likely do not even know this community exists within the larger gay spectrum.
You often hear more seasoned gay men tell very young gay men who are just coming out things like, “You are just a young pup- you have a lot to learn” or “You are just a pup – you are just a baby!”
An example of a pup body type can be found in early 20’s something Joe Jonas. Joe and his brother Nick starred in their own Disney Channel Original Series, Jonas.
Other pup type examples can be found in Taylor Lautner (Twilight series) and Sterling Beaumon (Astro Boy).
Pups may have similar body types to twinks (coming up soon) however, pups usually are super new to the gay world. Twinks however are not.
In the gay community, Bulls are considered to be super massive, muscular body builders that weigh somewhere in the 215-300 pound range.
Bulls are not necessarily part of the bear community and usually herd together as one might see them in their natural environment.
An example of a Bull body type can be found in Dwanyne Johson, the early 40’s something California born movie star who is also known as the “The Rock”. Johnson used to be a professional wrestler with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
Another potential bull body type might include 30 something Australian born actor Chris Hemsworth, using filmography from his appearance in the movie Thor.
Hemsworth stands at a whopping 6’4 and his weight has varied between 215 pounds to 195 pounds according to recent interviews.
Twinks and Twunks
In gay terms, twinks are younger, slender, gay men that typically have little or no body hair and no facial hair.
Twink’s are usually anywhere from 18 to mid-20’s, give or take. A wrap on the twink is that many think that the world revolves around them.
Twunks are similar to twinks but are a lot more muscular. Some have assigned feminine and masculine characteristics to twunks. Sugar twunk, for example, to describe effeminate twunks.
An example of a potential twink body type … and at times, twunk body type may be seen in Justin Bieber. It just depends on what photograph you are looking at of him and when the photo was taken.
Some have made the mistake of confusing twinks and twunks with tweakers. They are not related. Tweakers are younger gay men that use party drugs, like E and crystal meth and are very thin as a result of not ingesting enough calories.
One does not need to be a tweaker however to tweak.
Gym bunnies are native to straight and gay worlds. Gym bunnies typically can be any age but usually below 50. Gym bunnies spend an obsessive amount of type working on their physique and are muscular and sculpted. Gym bunnies are similar to jocks except they are not usually connected to sports. Gym bunnies are at the gym to create a physique others will notice and look at. You often seen gym bunnies at the beach. They are often considered to be pretty.
An example gym bunny body may be found in actor Shemar Moore, who you may recall from the soap, Young and the Restless and now appears on CBS’s Criminal Minds.
For gay men, jocks are almost always muscular with low body fat and attractive. A jock can be of any age but are generally thought to be somewhat younger because their athletic abilities. Jocks are usually linked to actively playing sports. Years ago, the term “Jock” used to have a negative connotation in the straight world. For gays, to be called a jock is a compliment. An example of a jock body type would be David Beckham, the English born football (aka soccer) player.
Gym rats are somewhat similar to gym bunnies but gym rats are described as being addicted to the gym. While they may enjoy attention from others in public, that is not their motivation for working out. Their primary motive for long, daily lifting sessions relates more to an obsessive need to strength train and grow bigger. They are typically lean and very well built. Gym rats are called this name because they “live” in the gym, much like a rat lives in a basement. They are always there. The straight equivalent to a gym rat would be a muscle head.
Gym bunnies and Gym Rats are closely related. Again, the primary difference is that gym bunnies are all about sculpting their bodies. Gym rats are typically concerned with adding muscle size with the hope of becoming a bull.
There has always been wide disagreement within the gay community around descriptive terms for body types and associated characteristics. It is possible that some readers will feel they do not fall into a given category.
If this is the case, there is always the “average” category, which is an area that many men gay men fall into. Average means the person is typically “average” in most areas, including body weight, height and hairiness.
Note that the term “daddy” not used here. This is because a “daddy” is not connected to a specific body type. Wolves, bears, chubs and otters can technically be daddies.
A great video to stream or download is The Adonis Factor, a documentary that goes into fairly strong detail on gay body types.
And hey … If you would like to learn more about your body type, you can always take the Gay Cliques Census online which tells you where you may fit in, based on what data you input.
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