SEX ON THURSDAY | Reclaiming the Jockstrap and Queering Hypermasculinity 

Over winter break, gay santa brought me some gifts: among those was my first jockstrap. Retrospectively, it was a moment of self-reflection to get those for myself, after all even my pen name was born based on my desire to wear this type of garment because I had always been curious about what it would be like to have one.

I used to see jockstraps on billboards of jocky, muscular guys in sporting goods retailers and think to myself that one day I wanted to look as good as they did. Little did I know, I was just aroused by the images of guys with only a small piece of fabric covering their crotch and a spandex strap to keep it all from hanging loose. 

As a (somewhat) grown gay man who has taken the liberty of exploring different cultural iconography and pieces of gay media, I have come to realize I am not the only one with an interest in jockstraps.There are countless homo-erotic pictures — and other kinds of more mature media — depicting men wearing jockstraps while engaging in some of the sexual pleasures we all know and love. 

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