According to the traditional stereotype, a gay otter has a lean build with an attractive layer of scruff. They are someone who is rarely serious and has a laid-back personality. Gay otters are one of the largest groups of gay men. Since they have a hairier physique than average, they tend to be fairly attractive guys.
Like any gay stereotype, there are always individuals that defy the basic rules. We are going to go through the most common stereotypes and characteristics of the gay otter in this guide.
What Is a Gay Otter?
A gay otter typically has an athletic build that tends toward the thick side. He generally has a lot of body hair, and his hair may include different parts of his torso. Some otters also have body hair on their back, arms and bottom. They are different than the gay wolf stereotype because gay wolves are generally more masculine. At the same time, there are some individuals who are a borderline between both of these stereotypes.
Other than being hairy, gay otters are generally considered fairly masculine. Unlike some stereotypes, they may identify as a top, bottom or both. While gay otters can be from any age group, they are often between the ages of late adulthood and mid-20s. There is no specific ethnicity or race associated with being a gay otter. Since most guys are not an otter until the middle of their 20s, they generally start as a twink or pup before evolving into an otter. Afterward, they may remain an otter for years before becoming a bear or a wolf. In general, otters are smaller than cubs and bears.
This label originally developed in the middle of the 1980s, although it was not a common term until the early 1990s. Since it is used by many people today, it is a fairly popular term. Some people believe that the term started as a variation on the term “gay bear.” Other people think that it comes from a George Mazzei article in the Advocate called “Who’s in the Zoo?”
Facial Traits of the Gay Otter
The main classification of a gay otter is their hair. Since most guys wear shirts, this makes it harder to tell if they are an otter or not by just looking at them. In terms of their facial features, many otters have facial hair. They may have a goatee, short facial stubble, a beard or be completely clean shaven. Often, otters have angular faces. These traits can vary between individuals though, so they are not always a clear-cut description of a gay otter.
Body Traits of the Gay Otter
As we mentioned before, gay otters tend to be quite hairy. They tend to have hair covering a significant portion of their torso. If they do not have this hair, it is likely because they manscaped and trimmed their hair. Your average otter will also have a thin to thick, athletic physique.
Other physical traits include a waistline that is equal to their torso and a flat stomach. They are not body builders, but they can have athletic, muscular frames. Some otters may also have butt hair or a bubble butt. While many otters have facial hair, they do not have to have it to be an otter. This is unlike wolves, who have to have facial hair to be considered a wolf.
The Clothes of the Gay Otter
Everyone has a unique sense of style, so this is an even harder topic to generalize about. There is really no right or wrong dress style for this stereotype. Since gay otters are similar to bears and wolves, they tend to gravitate toward more manly attire. You may find your otter wearing tank tops, button-down shirts, T-shirts, khakis, gym shoes, construction boots, boxers or briefs, sneakers, leather attire, flannels, blue jeans, hoodies, parkas and baseball caps.
It would be impossible to include all of the celebrities who could be classified as a gay otter. We will include just a few examples. Daniel Radcliffe and Chris Pine (in his younger years) would both be others. Meanwhile, Brody Jenner, Liam Hemsworth and Nick Jonas are all former otters in the process of becoming wolves.
Mannerisms of the Gay Otter
In terms of mannerisms, you will most likely notice the otter’s playfulness first. This is true of the otter animal as well as the gay otter. Again, personality traits can vary between most people. On average, your typical otter will be energetic, joyful, sexually playful and fun loving.
Myths About the Otter
Like many stereotypes, there are a number of misconceptions associated with the gay otter. Most of these occurred because people were not aware of what the label actually meant. None of the following myths are actually true about the otter.
You cannot be a daddy and an otter.
Otters are always bottoms.
Black guys and Asian guys cannot be otters.
You have to have blue eyes if you want to be an otter.
You have to have back hair if you want to be an otter.
Gay otters are smooth and hairless.
The majority of otters have small packages.
Otters can only like or date fellow otters.
Again, none of these myths are actually true. They are urban myths, but are not based in reality. Plus, you should not confine yourself to a stereotype anyway. While it is fun to identify with the playful river otter, there is no reason that your identification to prevent you from becoming yourself or expressing yourself in a way that feels comfortable for you.
Manscaping as an Otter
Like the bear and wolf, you have a fair bit of body hair. Unfortunately, this means that your grooming routine is going to take a bit of extra work. Manscaping is a necessity if you want to keep looking your back.
The good news is that there has been a trend toward au natural hair in the last few years. While some guys still trim or wax a lot of their body, others have embraced their hairiness and let the hair jungle go wild. Whatever you choose to do is up to you. If you do notice some grays popping up in your chest or pubic hair, you can stick with the natural look or invest in pubic or body hair dye.