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Chacal is a term used in Mexico City — it describes a masculine guy who fucks other guys. A rough top.

The Urban Dictionary helpfully shows how to use the term Chacal in a sentence: “Total bottoms love chacales…”

It’s a term that I wasn’t familiar with until I was chatting with my Twitter buddy Ricardo. He described Antonio Biaggio — whom we both share a deep appreciation of — as a Chacal.

In some ways, Chacal is the Mexican version of Masc4Masc — but Latino culture has a complicated obsession with all things macho. In places like Mexico City, your identity as a man, your masculinity, is defined by how you project a macho image to the world. Being gay isn’t easily reconciled with being macho.

“I met this macho guy a few months ago. We were talking, and he said — “The one who eats in silence eats twice…” It’s a Mexican way to discreetly initiate sex between guys, emphasising the need for secrecy.” — Ricardo.

As a way of better understanding the allure of the Chacal, Ricardo suggested that I watch the film La virgen de los sicarios — Our Lady of the Assassins — the adaptation of the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Colombian author Fernando Vallejo.

La virgen de los sicarios tells the story of Fernando — an author who returns to his home city of Medellin and begins a relationship with two teenage boys who are both enmeshed in the city’s cycle of violence.

Ricardo grew up in southern Mexico. As a child he was violently abused. He emigrated to the United States when he was 12-years-old, travelling by himself, arriving into the US on La Bestia — the Beast — a network of Mexican freight trains frequently used by people trying to enter the US without the necessary documentation.

As gay men we are shaped by our culture, we are shaped by our experiences.

Chacal. It’s our word of the day.

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River Wilson is changing the narrative

“People are into the idea of seeing me naked…”

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I caught up with River Wilson to talk heroes, underwear, and house-sitting.

What led you to start exploring a career in porn?

My curiosity for sex. I’ve always been fascinated with this world, so when I was old enough I started doing some research about the industry. After I gathered all the info I needed and felt comfortable, I started the steps to get in.

Would you describe yourself as an exhibitionist?

Not really, I always see the worst in my body, but find it interesting that people are into the idea of seeing me naked — I fake that confidence until I can get to a place where that energy of acceptance goes through my entire body.

Who are some of your porn heroes or inspirations?

I don’t think I have porn heroes. I definitively have people inspiring me to want more and to change the narrative already written for a young black man of colour in a place ready to put me in a box.

The Housesitter looks like a great production — how did that project come about?

I was having dinner with my dear friend — J of Socalled — about films, erotica, the industry, and he told me about a project he did back then at Cinema L’amour with a movie by Toby Ross. I thought it was an amazing perspective, so that night we decided to try to make our own production and see where it would go.

Is this the first film that you’ve produced?

It was a lot of work, but so worth it and I’m planning on doing it again for another project. Figuring out the casting and raising the money were the two challenges that almost got me questioning the whole thing, but then I was inspired and determined so I had to double the work.

Can we talk underwear?

I love wearing boxers — I find them most comfortable, and I’m all about comfort. For the gym, I prefer briefs — especially when I do squats. On other guys, I love them in boxer briefs because then I can see their butt well.

What are some of your goals and ambitions for the months ahead?

I’d love to get into acting and production more — if I can combine it with porn and erotica, then great. In that same breath, I’d also love to be more artistic with these visions.

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