There’s a lot that intrigues me about Turkish Oil Wrestling. An ancient sport, there’s a lot of tradition in every aspect.
The hand-made leather shorts – known as the kispet – the wicker basket that the shorts are carried in, and the copious amounts of olive oil.
The oil is applied to every inch of the body. It is designed to prevent your opponent getting any sort of grip on you as you grapple. To win you need to flip your opponent onto his back. Fit guys wearing nothing but a pair of shorts, oiled up and wrestling.
It seems to be an accepted tactic to reach inside the shorts and get a grip on the crotch . Surely there’s an argument to be made for ditching the shorts and wrestling naked?
There’s no denying that part of the appeal of Turkish Oil Wrestling is that you can project all sorts of homoerotic fantasies onto what is actually a very traditional, serious, and culturally significant sport.
To be honest, the same could pretty much be said about a lot of sports. Rugby, water polo, hammer throw, bobsled …
There’s a lot of sports that I can watch for hours without having any understanding of the rules or any real emotional investment in the outcome.
But there’s a lot that intrigues me about Turkish Oil Wrestling.
I may need to make a research trip to Turkey to get to grips with some of the finer aspects,. It looks relatively straightforward. Oil me up!
Japanese masculinity defined by art
Bara is the kind of #gaygeek anime art we can really get into.
I’m a bit obsessed with the style of graphic art from Japan known as Bara.
Bara is a genre of the manga art-form that focuses on sex between men.
Its origins can be traced back to the early 1950s, when magazines in Japan — such as Adonis — began to focus on gay art and content.
While Bara can vary in its style, generally it features masculine men that you could categorise as muscle-bears.
Some of the leading creators of Bara include Gengoroh Tagame — published in the magazine G-men — and Susumu Hirosegawa.
I guess you could describe Bara as the Japanese equivalent of Tom of Finland.
Anyway, it’s hot.
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