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The check comes and you both reach for it—and your hands briefly touch. This is where many men get a strange feeling in the pit of their stomach, that existential dread that comes from accidentally stepping over that line from bromance to something a little more intimate. Among young people and certain gregarious and gestural adults, a hug is the default greeting.
Wearing their bowler-hat props, they struck intimate poses in front of landmark buildings and at the top of skyscrapersclinging to each other on the Coney Island Wonder Wheel and walking down the boardwalk hand in hand. It was possibly the cutest social-media marketing campaign ever, and quickly all over the news media, too. As sensitive-lad blogs like the Good Man Project have written, the homosocial love common in black-and-white photographs of men all but went extinct in the middle of the 20th century in America, when homosexuality changed from practice to pathologized identity.
Young men are touching each other more. The undergraduate interviewed for the — admittedly small-scale — study said they valued physical intimacy among their male friends, and were found to be more inclusive, tactile and emotionally diverse than their s and s counterparts. There has, for some time, been a weird taboo in western culture about physical displays of affection between men.
Our first event was in November at the Center on Halsted. Back then, we only focused on hugging due to lack of floor space and we hadn't quite figured out the logistics of offering lie-down cuddling. This is a nurturing, platonic group which allows gay men to meet in new ways.
A beach resort in southern Italy has been accused of homophobia after banning a young couple from hugging. A year-old man and an year-old man were at the Lido Arcobaleno beach resort in Caserta, Campania. They hugged while in the pool at the public facility but were approached by a lifeguard who asked them to stop, reports The Local. Speaking to Repubblicaone of the young men, a Caserta resident who was not identified, said: "We were in the pool like everyone else.
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