A recent study out of the UK found that 93 percent of straight, male college athletes surveyed had enjoyed a good cuddle with their straight bros more than one time, and a whopping 98 percent admitted to sharing a bed with another man during college.
“They don’t realize this is something that older men would find shocking,” said study co-author Mark McCormack. “It’s older generations that think men cuddling is taboo.”
But if you go back a few more generations, straight guys expressing intimacy wasn’t remotely taboo — it was an accepted form of affection.
With the advent of the idea that people can be gay, overt signs of affection became taboo by association, and this guy-on-guy contact fell out of favor.
These vintage photos look homoerotic through our modern-day context (and perhaps some of the men featured in them really did have strong emotional/sexual desires for their male companions), but back then they would have simply shown good old fashioned male bonding
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