There are many stereotypes that exist in the gay community. One of the more common stereotypes is the stereotype about the gay jock. Gay jocks tend to be men who are athletic and muscular. As they age, they can look like an athlete who has gone to seed. Basically, imagine Esera Tualo and you can understand the stereotype behind the gay jock.
What Is a Gay Jock?
This stereotype is all about the athlete. You can probably spot him with T-shirts, jerseys and ball caps that sport his favorite sports team’s logo. This is the type of guy who is proud that no one can tell that he is gay unless he tells them. He tends to hang out with guys who are not a major part of the gay scene unless they are also into sports. Since he prides himself on appearing masculine, some of his appearance can seem contrived—except, of course, for his love of sports.
There are some older guys in the gay community who say that the bigger a guy’s arms are, the more likely he is to be a bottom. Because of this, some people say that gay jocks are more likely to be the bottom in a relationship. Honestly, he is probably just as likely to be a top, but there could still be some truth behind this stereotype. At any rate, the gay jock is the guy you will find playing football, soccer, rugby or fantasy football.
A Home Away From Home
Stereotypes about muscles boys and gay gym culture were recently discussed in a book by Erick Alvarez. While some gay guys flee the gym, others think of it as a home away from home. There are whole varieties of gay jocks. You can find athletes, muscle bears, circuit boys and muscle boys. Some guys hit the gym because they want to look their best and get a date. Other guys want to burn off some steam after a stressful week. Meanwhile, some guys just genuinely enjoy working out. There are many reason why these jocks hit the gym, but the one commonality is that you are probably going to find them at the gym if they are not at work, school or home.
The good news? Working out is a great way to boost your self-esteem. Like many people, jocks go through a period of adolescence where they doubt their abilities and place in the world. At the same time, they have to come to terms with their sexuality. Working out is something that is an outlet and a source of self-esteem. It helps to create the gay jock’s identity as he comes of age, and it remains part of his identity once he is older.
While some people think that going to the gym is just a way to feed your vanity, it is more than just a superficial pursuit. Working out is a chance to evolve and stay in shape. Thirty years ago, gay guys were not always accepted in the gym. The common stereotype was that gay guys were frail and limp-wristed. Now, society has evolved and there are far more ways for guys to fit in within the gay community. In recent years, being gay has increasingly been identified with being athletic, having a great body and focusing on fitness.
The Creation of the Gay Jock
In the United States and Canada, a jock is a word to describe a type of athlete. Outside of the gay community, it is used to describe someone who is interested in sports, but not interested in intellectual matters. There is a stereotype that your average jock has more muscles than brains and can only focus on things relating to exercise, sex and sports.
The original stereotype of the jock started in about 1963. At the time, it was a shortened form of the word, “jockstrap,” which is a garment used by athletes to protect their genitals while playing sports. Over the years, it became the polar opposite of the stereotypical “nerd” in movies, books and television shows.
There are a number of attributes associated with the jock. They are thought to be muscular, athletic and popular. At the same time, a jock is considered self-centered, rude, stuck-up, aggressive and arrogant. They are said to be offended easily, afraid to hug others, short-tempered, angered easily, afraid to show weakness and egotistical. These stereotypes originally existed in mainstream culture, but they have carried over to gay culture as well.
What Guys Say About Gay Jocks
To get a better read on how a gay jock differs from the mainstream jock, we have included some insights from guys across the gay community about gay jocks. Is he an athlete or a sports fan? Is he musclebound or does he just work out a couple of times a week? It seems like everyone has their own opinion on this matter, so we will include some of the most common definitions guys give to being a gay jock.
“I was an active player on high school and college teams for a number of sports. Today, I still work out five days a week and spend the weekends hiking. I think that I fit the definition of being a gay jock.”
“For me, I think that defining yourself as a gay jock means you are a masculine guy who likes to hook up with more masculine guys. It just means you are manly.”
“I think that gay jocks are guys who work out at the gym a lot and meet other people who work out a lot. If I say I am looking for a gay jock on a dating app, that is the type of guy I would want to meet.”
“I think a gay jock is someone who is amazingly hung with a built body.”
“My interpretation is that a gay jock is someone who likes watching ESPN and sporting events. They might have been an athlete in the past, but they might stop actually playing sports as they age.”