Check out this great piece “Undying Homoeroticism in Wrestling” by current MICA student, Ben McNutt for Vice Magazine!

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Ben McNutt is a Baltimore-based artist who is engaged in an intensive study of his perspective on images of wrestling. His work combines depictions of wrestling throughout history with his own unique aesthetic. Below, you’ll find an essay comprised of photos and words that he made for VICE, titled“Undying Homoeroticism in Wrestling.” 

These images depict men wrestling alongside men.

These images depict men wrestling alongside men.

These men wear tight-fitting singlets, garments, or nothing at all.

These men wear tight-fitting singlets, garments, or nothing at all.

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They fall, roll, dip, and jump onto the ground, which acts as a platform for each wrestler to pin their opponent against.

They fall, roll, dip, and jump onto the ground, which acts as a platform for each wrestler to pin their opponent against.

They grab, touch, pull, and push one another.

They grab, touch, pull, and push one another.

These men are physically strong.

These men are physically strong.

Their muscles are on display for their opponents and viewers alike.

Their muscles are on display for their opponents and viewers alike.

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Neither member appears to have boundaries on where they will and won't go in order to gain dominance.

Neither member appears to have boundaries on where they will and won’t go in order to gain dominance.

Their bodies are pushed up against one another as hard as they will go.

Their bodies are pushed up against one another as hard as they will go.wrestling-is-gay-body-image-1415832437

They use their strength to exert control over their opponents' bodies.

They use their strength to exert control over their opponents’ bodies.

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Sweat drips onto the floor, themselves, and one another.

Sweat drips onto the floor, themselves, and one another.

Each limb is entangled around another. Their arms are wrapped around thighs, biceps, and stomachs.

Each limb is entangled around another. Their arms are wrapped around thighs, biceps, and stomachs.

The pace is fast and forceful. In a split second, anything can change.

The pace is fast and forceful. In a split second, anything can change.

Their hands grasp onto the other's body as tight as their strength will allow.

Their hands grasp onto the other’s body as tight as their strength will allow.

If they do wear clothing, it is tight against their torsos, chest, and thighs, revealing the shapes of their often muscular bodies.

If they do wear clothing, it is tight against their torsos, chest, and thighs, revealing the shapes of their often muscular bodies.

Their hands grasp onto the other's body as tight as their strength will allow.

One wins and one looses

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