Between immense exercise of gaydar and uninhibited sexual fetishism, competition provides a way to admire athletes in a more erotic setting than usual.
Many articles were published on LGBT issues at the Rio Olympics, whether it be the number of openly LGBT athletes, reflecting better visibility in sport (the Outsport site lists all the athletes in question and their news) or controversies such as the publication of an article outlining a few gay athletes on the Grindr application or that on the rumor of a hypothetical “Fad, go” Teddy Riner in the final of judo. In fact, the mainstream media are looking at the attraction of gays for sport because, for them, the Olympics are a way to admire athletes in a more erotic setting than usual.
Since the Los Angeles Olympics, I have always been interested in the aesthetics of the Olympics. At the time, it was one of the rare moments on television where men undressed between two competitions. The Olympics showed partial nudity when the television was desperately modest. It was also one of the rare moments when we saw non-white athletes.
In the early 1980s, indoor gymnastics competitions were the pinnacle of the gay look then, which was very well illustrated by Bruce Weber in his collector’s issue of GQ in 1980 , which has become a benchmark for all style offices. . Later, in Atlanta, we must remember the aesthetic impact of Jean Galfione on the homosexual imagination with this famous tricolor photo which made all the covers of the newspapers. And if we talk less, lesbians too are attracted to athletic stars, their independence and their looks. Gays and lesbians know how to detect attitudes that reveal a different sexuality, not always confirmed by coming out: the Olympics are a huge exercise in gaydar, this sixth sense that allows us to recognize ourselves.
Rinse your eye, like straight guys
The New York Times can therefore easily wonder why gays love the Olympics. Bah, is it not obvious? We are also there to rinse the eye, like the straight guys.
And these big competitions are also exciting when it comes to sports aesthetics. With each edition, the equipment progresses, the bikes and the combinations of the indoor cyclists evolve, the jerseys of the sports delegations create new color combinations. Fencers have luminous helmets, the makeup of gymnastic sportswomen becomes radiant, new artistic ideas feed, it must be said, fantasies and fetishes. The Olympics are a mine for sexual niches, textiles or not.
With a number of assertive LGBT athletes who have doubled since the London Games, we can also watch the Olympics from a militant angle, for example with the selfie of two openly gay diving heroes, the American Greg Louganis, who has won several titles. in Los Angeles and Seoul, and Briton Tom Daley, two-time bronze medalist in London and Rio. The admission of trans athletes is also very closely monitored. We can therefore also be offended by the article (since withdrawn) which went to look for gay athletes on Grindr : personally, I think that when we are on Grindr, it is as if we were visible to the eyes of all seen the success of this flirt app.
But we can also watch the Olympics from an almost pornographic angle. As this article noted , sports cameras sometimes have a knack for filming prep moments that look like soft porn, especially during diving exercises. But it’s also because some porn studios do exactly that, like the famous Sean Cody, who always begins his scenes with muscular young people doing sports before fucking. It’s not just sex, it’s sex AFTER the sport.
One other item of Slate wondered why beach volleyball players keep their shirts while female athletes in the same discipline have much more revealing swimsuits. If this light porn aspect is noticed, it is because athletes play with their image, like this South Korean judo team which shows its abs . It looks like an ass movie trailer.
The Wall Street Journal asserts what we all know: In droves, male gymnasts choose to be objectified while for women, the process is more personal. Men are less offended when it comes to their appearance, although sports commentators are less comfortable talking about male erotica when they keep cursing the appearance of women.
Sport = sex
The Olympics are a universal moment of partial nudity, which also poses a religious problem in some countries. The decoupling between noble Olympic sport and sexuality is over. In 2014, Time posted a quick recap of sexual activity in previous games and noted that all sportspeople in Sochi had a Tinder account. There is an overload of eroticism in this gathering of the greatest sportsmen in the world and the imagination is rife when we imagine the atmosphere of the Olympic village. Let us remember the Barcelona Olympics, which were particularly hot, and the explosion, already, of connections to Grindr during those in London.
We can therefore watch the Olympics only because sport reveals the muscles of a superman like Teddy Riner. We really have eyes that hurt when he appears and it’s always fascinating to note the difference between the official photos of these athletes on Google and the stealth images during which their anatomy is revealed (my photo of Teddy Riner on Tumblr collected over 230 likes).
Sport is the social manifestation of physical and therefore, sometimes, sexual superiority. There is no internalized homophobia in admiring straight men and women when you are gay or lesbian, but rather a bond that unites us. Straight guys let themselves be admired and gays live in the open. It’s summer’s sexy Olympic gift.