The body has become such an important entity in the LGBT scenario, particulary in the gay community, that we are defined by the amount of body hair we have (hairy), or how lean is our waist (jock) or how heavy one is (bear/otter), even age – for some one who looks older, the freudian idea of being a parent to your lover (daddy). How are these body images concerned with the kind of men one should be or should not be attracted to? How is it affecting the larger LGBT population who may not subscribe to these ideas and may be having bodies which do not fall under any such categories (most of them find mentioning in dating apps like Grindr or PlanetRomeo)? How are they contributing to the increased body images issues amongst the youth and the ones growing older in solitude? How does it increase/decrease the probability of finding a partner like in the days of falling in love with a random person who we may meet on the road, a cafe, a bar or in a movie theater? Could this be a potential bomb ticking away to lead to clinical depression amongst the LGBT population on a mass scale?
June 7, 2017