Twink

If you look a certain way—skinny, smooth-skinned, young for your age—then there"s a possibility that you might have sầu been called a "twink." This term, coined & originally used exclusively by gay men, refers khổng lồ a man in his late teens or early 20s, with a thin build, và no body hair or facial hair.

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There are a few types of twinks. A muscle twink, or twunk (twink+hunk) is sometoàn thân with that youthful, clean-shaven appearance, but a more visibly muscular physique; think Tom Holl& or Darren Barnet. Other types of twink sometimes used in gay culture include femme twink, which refers khổng lồ a young, thin man whose mannerisms or gender expression don"t exclusively fit inkhổng lồ a conventionally masculine binary.

The word "twink" can be found on most if not all gay dating apps, where users can search potential matches by body toàn thân type as well as listing their own. It is also a commonly used term in porn, where the popularity of models with this physique "normalizes both whiteness & youth through what are ultimately racist và ageist tropes," according to lớn academic & former porn performer Zeb J. Tortorici.

"My earliest experiences as a gay porn Mã Sản Phẩm personally demonstrated khổng lồ me how age & race are fetishized in complementary ways to lớn convey a particular type of desirable masculinity," he wrote in the essay Queering Pornography: Desiring Youth, Race & Fantasy in Gay Porn.


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While the term twink has been in popular usage aao ước gay men & the wider LGBTQ+ community for a long time, & has been lampooned alongside other queer descriptors like "bear" và "otter" in popular culture, it officially entered the mainstream in 2018, thanks to lớn Nick Haramis" Thủ đô New York Times article, "Welcome lớn the Age of the Twink", and the seemingly endless discourse that followed.

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Haramis presented the popularity of slender, fresh-faced young male celebrities like Timothée Chalamet, Troye Sivan và Lucas Hedges as a sign that the twink was Hollywood"s lakiểm tra standard of male beauty, providing stark contrast khổng lồ the swole, superhero-style body that has become increasingly prevalent amuốn the leading men of the 21st century.

"These twinks... aren"t just enviably lean boys or the lachạy thử unrealistic gay fantasy, but a new answer to the problem of what makes a man," he wrote.

Of course, one could argue that categorizing youth, thinness, and frequently whiteness as the new masculine idyll is just as conducive sầu khổng lồ body toàn thân image issues in guys whose bodies don"t fit that mold. Similarly, transposing aesthetics from a subculture onlớn a broader audience without examining the nuances và potential pitfalls might also be deemed a fool"s errand. But that"s a whole other conversation.


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