Eric Leven

Otter Fashion

Filed By Eric Leven | June 26, 2008 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: bear culture, bears, gay men, hairy chest, otter culture, otters

Oh yeah- It's a movement.Otter.jpg

Just when you thought you had all the names and subcultures of the bear community down pat some dude in LA comes up with a fashion line and we have to tag one more to the list.

Actually Otter has been around for awhile and I've heard it thrown around a bunch. I suppose Otter and Cubs are brother terms for each other. A cub is usually a young or younger bear while an Otter is a skinny, yet hairy, young bear. I suppose that means cubs are more bear-like and Otters are just skinny bears or friend's of bear that happen to be skinny(ier?) But, then somebody told me that Otters are actually age-less, they're just skinny bears. So, therefore, the sentence would go: All Otters can be bears, but not all bears can be Otters. Right? Oh boy.

According to an Otter is:

"A gay man who is very hairy all over his body, but is smaller in frame and weighs considerably less than a bear."
"Larry is an otter, and he likes to date bears or other otters."
"A skiny, hairy gay man."
"Because I am a skinny, hairy gay man, I refer to myself as an otter."

ottershirt.jpgI have always preferred Cub over Otter although I've been called both. In fact one day somebody told me I was actually neither, yet, I am a "Furry Ambassador" since I tend to float between gay tribes while retaining "furry pride" and making "bear" more accessible for all other communities. Riiiiight.

ottershirt2.jpgAnnnnnywho, without further ado, may I present to you Otter Fashion. The fashion line for otters and their otter friends. Go ahead and check out the site at and build a habitat around all their cute clothing and catchy styles.

Otters in media and history:

  • Jesus Christ- Total Otter

  • Dominic Monaghan- Charlie from ABC's "Lost"- Punky Otter

  • Shaggy from Skooby Doo- animated Otter

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I am such an otter. I never thought of myself as a bear though - at 150 pounds with boots on, I'm just not big enough. LOL

Well, I'm confused ... I thought a cub was a hairy gay man who is stocky but not exactly large ... and I thought an otter was a bear who was not quite hairy enough to be really called a full-fledged bear ... but, Eric, you are saying an otter can be skinny and a cub can be a young bear ... and I once thought I am an otter, because in these, my older years, my body has taken on the shape of a bear although I don't have quite enough body hair to be called a bear ... and filmmaker Kevin Smith supposedly is now considered an honorary bear who happens to be straight ... but if an otter is a skinny, hairy gay man, then what do you call a bear who doesn't have quite enough hair to be a real bear? ... unless, of course, he has no body hair at all, in which case, is he a "bare bear"? ... ... am I gonna have to carry my laptop around, or get an iPhone with Internet access, just so I can look up what to call the guy sitting next to me? Better yet, maybe someone will come up with a website where I can plug in the physical parameters of the guy in question, and the little pop-up window will spit out the proper term for me to call him ... or maybe we should introduce the Body-Mass Index and then, once I determine his mean blood glucose level and his post-fasting cholesterol level, and we do a mean hair-follicles-per-square-centimeter count on three standard body areas ... or maybe we can develop a Jacuzzi with a calibration scale on the side where you read how high the water rises when he climbs in, or maybe we can consult the Human Genome Project and agree on what genetic constellations are "bear" and which are "otter" ... and then we can begin to tackle scientifically the critical question, "Were you born a bear, or was it something that you chose?" ... when, all the while, the really critical question was simply, "Now, where, again, can I buy that goddamn otter T-shirt?"