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2013-09-16 12:24:14 PM
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Back then it wasn't gay subby. Especially in the military. Camping it up was the norm.

Men had closer bonds with each other, than they did with their girlfriends or wives. Especially on the battlefield.

And if it went further than that, no one cared. That's the way it should be.
 
2013-09-16 12:39:01 PM
Totally not gay.
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2013-09-16 01:39:59 PM
OH MY GOD, BARACK OBAMA IS GAY... and white from the neck down.

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2013-09-16 01:40:56 PM
Godscrack: And if it went further than that, no one cared. That's the way it should be.

This.

/well, maybe their wives or girlfriends cared
//maybe they didnt
///ha ha your grandparents were kinky
 
2013-09-16 01:41:51 PM
Anything goes if you throw in a "no homo," brah.

/NTTAWWT
 
2013-09-16 01:41:54 PM
It's all good if right before the flash they yell, "No Homo!!"
 
2013-09-16 01:42:31 PM

UrukHaiGuyz: Anything goes if you throw in a "no homo," brah.

/NTTAWWT


ChipNASA: It's all good if right before the flash they yell, "No Homo!!"


3 seconds....NO HOMO!!
 
2013-09-16 01:42:32 PM
I sure could use some cool guys to hang out with at my party mansion.
 
2013-09-16 01:42:50 PM

Random Internet Persona: Godscrack: And if it went further than that, no one cared. That's the way it should be.

This.

/well, maybe their wives or girlfriends cared
//maybe they didnt
///ha ha your grandparents were kinky


Yup.  Men were men back then.  If you wanted to do something private with a man back then it wasn't gay. It was just two men celebrating each other's strength.
 
2013-09-16 01:43:01 PM
Sorry... but men that hug are gay... possibly in denial.

High five too much... gay subconscious wanting you to feel how soft another mans palms are.

Fist bumps? If you can't see the sexual connotation of knocking clenched fists together... you're in for a shock when it finally dawns on you.


Only physical contact between men who are straight is a brief non-masturbatory swing handshake.
 
2013-09-16 01:44:21 PM
Also, I appreciate the exposition in TFA, but all these photos are clearly picked because they demonstrate male intimacy. I wonder how common these kinds of poses really were back then, because most of them seem extremely friendly. It's easy to come away thinking that all men were like the photos in TFA, but I would doubt that's really the case.
 
2013-09-16 01:45:19 PM

CleanAndPure: Sorry... but men that hug are gay... possibly in denial.

High five too much... gay subconscious wanting you to feel how soft another mans palms are.

Fist bumps? If you can't see the sexual connotation of knocking clenched fists together... you're in for a shock when it finally dawns on you.


Only physical contact between men who are straight is a brief non-masturbatory swing handshake.


You don't swing your arms when you walk, do you.
 
2013-09-16 01:49:58 PM
What Men at Work may look like..
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2013-09-16 01:50:03 PM
Funny how only the arm over the shoulder hips far apart pose made it into the modern breh world... That one where one dude is sitting on the other dude's knee is kinda weird...
 
2013-09-16 01:51:05 PM

CleanAndPure: Sorry... but men that hug are gay... possibly in denial.

High five too much... gay subconscious wanting you to feel how soft another mans palms are.

Fist bumps? If you can't see the sexual connotation of knocking clenched fists together... you're in for a shock when it finally dawns on you.


Only physical contact between men who are straight is a brief non-masturbatory swing handshake.


i512.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-16 01:51:34 PM
Men looked so much hotter back then. Notice, not one hipster fairy in skinny jeans.
 
2013-09-16 01:51:38 PM

Fubini: OH MY GOD, BARACK OBAMA IS GAY... and white from the neck down.


That was my first thought when i saw that.
 
2013-09-16 01:52:38 PM

LandOfChocolate: Yup.  Men were men back then.  If you wanted to do something private with a man back then it wasn't gay. It was just two men celebrating each other's strength.



(Salutes!)
 
2013-09-16 01:52:52 PM
How many times do I have to say this?  It's not gay for two men to have sex if they're trying to survive a freezing cold night in a mining camp.  Yeesh.
 
2013-09-16 01:54:32 PM
With totally notgay entry in the comments:
Jake Wright July 29, 2013 at 2:40 pmI grew up in Dallas and in that climate of hyper-masculine culture I know what it means to shy away from anything too mushy or percieved to be affectionate with any of my male peers or my close male friends. Myself and a guy I consider to be my best friend decided to go on a roadtrip to LA on spring break about two years ago and on the way we got into a really bad auto accident, and it turned out that it was left to me to pull him out of the wreck and keep him alive until help could come. It was only in that moment I realised how much I really cared about him.
Luckily his injuries were superficial and looked worse than they really were and he made a full recovery, but since that day I have not looked at him or my male friendships in the same way. We have developed a great deal of intimacy in our relationship and I do feel very protective over him and genuinely care about his well being and there is absolutely nothing sexual about our relationship at all. He has had a bunch of girlfirends and is quite a womaniser too and none of that has impeaded or informed the type of bond we have in a negative way because we are both heterosexual. But I think we have just both come to the conclusion that you can love somebody of the same sex intimately in a non-sexual way.
We hug each other whenever we see meet in person, I have kissed him on the cheek in front of my entire varsity football team countless times and not once has anybody even suggested we might be more than friends, and in all honesty I know I am not alone in saying this but many young men form close and intimate bonds with other males during their early twenties that I am pretty sure thay care a great deal about.
Brian and I have been friends for about 6 years and we are both about 22 now, but my friendship with him has become one of the most rewarding and fullfilling experiences of my time on this earth and I am not ashamed to say we have a familiarity most of our other male friends feel quite envious of, and we are all mostly very masculine guys who you would not call gay by the light of day or otherwise,
We have in our time had many drunken misadventures and have been roomates too, so I have have seen him in every kind of way a friend can.
Brian lost his mother about 9 months ago and the one night I got in and he had just come back to campus that evening and he was lying on his bed and I realised he was actually softly crying to himself. And maybe not everbody will understand this but it just felt like it was the most natural and human thing to do. I didn't say anything to him, I know that he was really close to his mom and I could not make it feel better. I just pulled up there alongside on the bed and lay down next to him and put my arm around his chest, and we lay like that for a few hours. And ever since we have been comfortable doing this type of thing together, and have even slept in the same bed a couple of times and spooned a little, and he is welcome to do so whenever he wants (So long as I don't have a girlfriend which I do right now), and in spite of what anybody may think or say about this, he was not trying to poke me in the butt and there has not at any stage been anything sexual or homoerotic about our friendship or the desire to cross that line even though we have been naked around each other countless times and could have crossed that line ages ago.
We don't live together anymore because he has moved in with his current girlfriend but I can honestly say I have never had a closer friend and I would do anything for him up to and including giving him one of my kidneys if he needed it, and I know he would do the same for me. And I have other friends who I am close to as well and I would feel no hesitation in being as intimate with them as I have been with Brian and I have never found them to respond in anyway but positively, which really only points to the fact that this is not about society or male culture in America, this is about a bond between two people and the scared thread of a kind of brotherly love which exists in us all and that can express itself in many ways. And just so you understand there is nothing about my friendship with Brian or any of my other friends and the type of intimacy which exists between us that my girlfriend or any of my other friends don't know about.
In reading this article it just really made me think about how stupid people are in trying to classify everything and give it a label and look for hidden meaning in everything. I feel sorry for guys who don't get to experience the warmth and familiarity I have with my mates, because I know for a fact that my world would be a pretty cold and unexciting place without them in it.

 If you mention how notgay it is enough time, that'll throw them off.
 
2013-09-16 01:56:04 PM
Is "bro" the new "cracker"?  If it is, that's pretty damn ironic considering what the word meant in the 80's.
 
2013-09-16 01:57:27 PM

Fubini: Also, I appreciate the exposition in TFA, but all these photos are clearly picked because they demonstrate male intimacy. I wonder how common these kinds of poses really were back then, because most of them seem extremely friendly. It's easy to come away thinking that all men were like the photos in TFA, but I would doubt that's really the case.


Smiling in photos is a recent convention. And one I disagree with. Only people who are high smile continuously, so why should I have my picture taken with a fake smile?
 
2013-09-16 01:58:05 PM
The hand holding and the hand on the knee are suspect. The arm around the shoulder isn't gay to me. Now if they were hugging, groin to groin...staring into each other's eyes...well, that's an ascot of a different pattern and color all together. NTTAWWT...
 
2013-09-16 01:58:21 PM
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Here's my Grandpa in bootcamp in the 40's.  He was the straightest guy I ever knew.
 
2013-09-16 01:58:26 PM
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2013-09-16 01:58:50 PM

FLMountainMan: Is "bro" the new "cracker"?  If it is, that's pretty damn ironic considering what the word meant in the 80's.


I love it when older white guys refer to black guys as "brothers". It's totally retro.
 
2013-09-16 02:00:17 PM

Mija: Men looked so much hotter back then. Notice, not one hipster fairy in skinny jeans.


The thing I noticed was how goddamn short they all are.

Fubini: Also, I appreciate the exposition in TFA, but all these photos are clearly picked because they demonstrate male intimacy. I wonder how common these kinds of poses really were back then, because most of them seem extremely friendly. It's easy to come away thinking that all men were like the photos in TFA, but I would doubt that's really the case.


I dunno. If you've seen old photos, especially military ones where they aren't trying to uphold any kind of stiff familiar honor, people are pretty chummy. I've got pics like that in my family's cache, my husband's family's, etc. They don't seem unusual or cherry-picked at all.
 
2013-09-16 02:02:19 PM

Aidan: If you've seen old photos, especially military ones where they aren't trying to uphold any kind of stiff familiar honor, people are pretty chummy.


New ones too.

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2013-09-16 02:02:46 PM

Rapmaster2000: FLMountainMan: Is "bro" the new "cracker"?  If it is, that's pretty damn ironic considering what the word meant in the 80's.

I love it when older white guys refer to black guys as "brothers". It's totally retro.


I like to keep things even-handed by calling everyone "man".

/Except ladies
//they're "dude"
 
2013-09-16 02:03:47 PM
Girls were girls and men were men.

media2.foxnews.com
 
2013-09-16 02:03:52 PM

DerAppie: Smiling in photos is a recent convention. And one I disagree with. Only people who are high smile continuously, so why should I have my picture taken with a fake smile?


But look at how happy everyone else appears to be in their photos nowadays. People will see you not smiling and think you've failed in life. You don't want that, do you?
 
2013-09-16 02:04:14 PM
content.artofmanliness.com
Is that Whitey Bulger on the right?
 
2013-09-16 02:06:45 PM
"If you wanted to do something private with another man, it wasn't gay. It was just two men ... celebrating each other's strength."

static.tvgcdn.net
 
2013-09-16 02:07:21 PM
I'd wager most of the men in those photos were actual brothers, not just bros.
 
2013-09-16 02:09:16 PM

CleanAndPure: Sorry... but men that hug are gay... possibly in denial.

High five too much... gay subconscious wanting you to feel how soft another mans palms are.

Fist bumps? If you can't see the sexual connotation of knocking clenched fists together... you're in for a shock when it finally dawns on you.


Only physical contact between men who are straight is a brief non-masturbatory swing handshake.


Yeah, I really hope the recent "I'M NOT GAY" fixation that men seem to have developed in the 80's and 90's is fading.
 
2013-09-16 02:12:45 PM
I can see how, way-back when, life could be easier for two men who never got around to dealing with the fuss and bother of girlfriends/wives. (Shout-out to President James Buchanan.)

"We're not homosexuals. But when we're really happy, we like to be alone naked and grind body parts together."
 
2013-09-16 02:13:10 PM

BullBearMS: Aidan: If you've seen old photos, especially military ones where they aren't trying to uphold any kind of stiff familiar honor, people are pretty chummy.

New ones too.

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*snerk* Ah, the harmless amusements of the everyday Tommy... :P
 
2013-09-16 02:16:29 PM

Aidan: I dunno. If you've seen old photos, especially military ones where they aren't trying to uphold any kind of stiff familiar honor, people are pretty chummy. I've got pics like that in my family's cache, my husband's family's, etc. They don't seem unusual or cherry-picked at all.


I don't know either. I did a few GISes and found a lot of the arm-on-shoulder stuff, but not so much of the lap-sitting, hand-holding, or leg-intertwining. But those photos had no context, for all I know the guys in those pictures hated each other.
 
2013-09-16 02:17:55 PM
FLMountainMan:
Yeah, I really hope the recent "I'M NOT GAY" fixation that men seem to have developed in the 80's and 90's is fading.

It is, and it makes us 80's/90's gays have to re-calibrate our gaydars.
 
2013-09-16 02:19:03 PM
i50.tinypic.com
 
2013-09-16 02:19:14 PM
These pics are great!  LET'S THROW A PARADE!
 
2013-09-16 02:19:40 PM
media.tumblr.com
 
2013-09-16 02:20:11 PM
www.demotivationalposters.org
 
2013-09-16 02:21:45 PM

Eurotrip: With totally notgay entry in the comments:
Jake Wright July 29, 2013 at 2:40 pmI grew up in Dallas and in that climate of hyper-masculine culture I know what it means to shy away from anything too mushy or percieved to be affectionate with any of my male peers or my close male friends. Myself and a guy I consider to be my best friend decided to go on a roadtrip to LA on spring break about two years ago and on the way we got into a really bad auto accident, and it turned out that it was left to me to pull him out of the wreck and keep him alive until help could come. It was only in that moment I realised how much I really cared about him.
Luckily his injuries were superficial and looked worse than they really were and he made a full recovery, but since that day I have not looked at him or my male friendships in the same way. We have developed a great deal of intimacy in our relationship and I do feel very protective over him and genuinely care about his well being and there is absolutely nothing sexual about our relationship at all. He has had a bunch of girlfirends and is quite a womaniser too and none of that has impeaded or informed the type of bond we have in a negative way because we are both heterosexual. But I think we have just both come to the conclusion that you can love somebody of the same sex intimately in a non-sexual way.
We hug each other whenever we see meet in person, I have kissed him on the cheek in front of my entire varsity football team countless times and not once has anybody even suggested we might be more than friends, and in all honesty I know I am not alone in saying this but many young men form close and intimate bonds with other males during their early twenties that I am pretty sure thay care a great deal about.
Brian and I have been friends for about 6 years and we are both about 22 now, but my friendship with him has become one of the most rewarding and fullfilling experiences of my time on this earth and I am not ashamed to say we ha ...


BAWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Look, no matter how much you WANT to, you can't cuddle your friends because it will make you gay.

Wanting it doesn't, doing it does.
 
2013-09-16 02:22:54 PM

Aidan: BullBearMS: Aidan: If you've seen old photos, especially military ones where they aren't trying to uphold any kind of stiff familiar honor, people are pretty chummy.

New ones too.

[dl.dropboxusercontent.com image 600x445]

*snerk* Ah, the harmless amusements of the everyday Tommy... :P


bankbabble.files.wordpress.com
BAAHHHH!
 
2013-09-16 02:26:01 PM
Why Do All These Homosexuals Keep Sucking My Cock? (NSFW)

Probably relevant.  Definitely funny.
 
2013-09-16 02:28:37 PM

Fubini: Aidan: I dunno. If you've seen old photos, especially military ones where they aren't trying to uphold any kind of stiff familiar honor, people are pretty chummy. I've got pics like that in my family's cache, my husband's family's, etc. They don't seem unusual or cherry-picked at all.

I don't know either. I did a few GISes and found a lot of the arm-on-shoulder stuff, but not so much of the lap-sitting, hand-holding, or leg-intertwining. But those photos had no context, for all I know the guys in those pictures hated each other.


dl.dropboxusercontent.com

/but not those two
 
2013-09-16 02:35:24 PM
Awesome pics,brah.
 
2013-09-16 02:36:52 PM
I totally have a broner right now. But not a gay one.
 
2013-09-16 02:47:31 PM
Just because you go out and kiss a couple of guys doesn't make you gay.  Can't two or four dudes make out with each other without being gay? I mean, chicks dig that kind of thing anyways.
 
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