It’s easy to forget this when the TV and magazines are showing you nothing but image after image of cut, veiny men with swimmers builds with women draped all over them like fur stoles, but women actually like a far wider range of body types than we’d think. Ask five women what their ideal male build is and you’ll get six different answers.
As the bear community has matured, so has its music and literature, as well as other (non-pornographic) arts, media, and culture. Examples include Bearapalooza, a traveling bear music festival; Bear Bones Books, an imprint of GLBTQ publisher Lethe Press , which markets fiction, nonfiction, and poetry titles written by and for bears; , which streams bear and LGBT music and bear-themed podcast shows. The larger organized bear runs often host a "bear market" area where artisans, musicians, and others offer items for sale.
(The terms chubby chaser and daddy can also be found in use among heterosexuals, but for the purposes of this gay subculture are listed and defined as above.)
I became puzzled. We're a community that supposedly embraces "fringe elements," yet chubby chasing is still a "joke." Why, for instance, are "golden showers" a less shocking topic of conversation than an attraction to men who don't fit the mainstream's ideal of perfection? Why was it still considered taboo, if not perverse?