Gay Daddy & Bear Blog: Age Appropriate

September 10, 2013
Category: Wellness

Whether you're a 20-something or 70-something there's one thing we all have in common: we're getting older. Year after year, decade after decade, we find ourselves getting closer towards whatever it is that's waiting for us at the end. As our bodies start to show more and more proof of living (hello wrinkles! oh hey gray!), it becomes all too apparent that there's no escaping the aging process. And in a youth obsessed culture, that can be a frightening thing. Whether it's purely superficial or on a deeper level of accomplishment, looking at what the future holds is something we have to face head on.

When we're young it seems like we can't wait to grow up. But even with that eagerness to be an adult, fears still abound when it comes to getting on in our years. Similarly, when you've reached a certain age, you can find yourself wistful about your youth, not really realizing what a better place your in with time, experience, and perspective. Over at The Advocate they've got a new column called Prim Timers that focuses on the LGBT community over 65 and how life can be lived at any age. They've got plenty of great content over there from stories to film recommendations all that showcase lives well lived.

I'm of the belief that as a community we can collectively debunk the myth that the best of your gay days are before 40. Working for Daddyhunt all these years, I've talked to a bunch of happy, enthusiastic...

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Official Daddyhunt
September 9, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

Welcome to "Gay Founding Fathers," a new series that goes back—sometimes way back—through queer culture to introduce you to gay men who made a difference, made history, made us swoon, and just plain made us be proud to be who we are. First up: actor Sal Mineo.

With his soulful brown eyes, thick Italian hair, and shy lips that always seemed to quiver as if they were about to ask the prettiest girl in school to the prom, Sal Mineo didn’t just fit the mold of a teen idol, he was the mold. Along with James Dean, his co-star in the classic film Rebel Without a Cause, Mineo  helped usher in a new kind of screen idol: the brooding but sensitive heartthrob. The kind of guy who’d defend his girlfriend’s honor but who’d just as easily turn around and cry on her shoulder over the injustices of the world. It was a personality-trait match made in teenage girl heaven, and it helped make the Bronx-born actor one of the biggest movie stars of the 1950s.

Unfortunately, it also led to his career downfall. By 1960, Mineo, now 21 years old, was too old to play the types of roles that made him famous, and despite winning a Golden Globe and a second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Exodus (1960), his Hollywood shelf-life had run its course. Mineo was baffled by his sudden loss of popularity, later saying, “One minute it seemed I had more movie offers than I could handle, the next, no one wanted me.” For the remainder of his life, Mineo continued to appear occasionally on television and in low-budget films (including the homoerotic cult...

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Official Daddyhunt
September 4, 2013
Category: Wellness

Having a beard doesn't make you a daddy (case in point), but being a daddy definitely makes having a beard look so much better. Maybe it's the way the ability to grow full-blown facial hair instantly separates the men from the boys. Or the way a man's willingness to sprout some stubble tells us he isn't afraid to make a statement. Or that part of the reason a beard looks so right on a mature man is because he's earned the right to wear it. Oh, heck, maybe we just have a thing for lumberjacks. The point is, we love guys with beards—the thicker and fuller the better!—and with fall right around the corner, we expect to be seeing a lot more of them in the coming months. But there's a fine line between looking honorably hirsute and hair-raisingly horrifying. Whether you're starting from scratch, growing it out, or are already a world-class whisker man, we've compiled five awesome products and few insider tips to help keep your hairy mug in check and looking hot.


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Step 1: Trim

Looking like a rugged wilderness man might be the goal, but that doesn't mean looking like you stepped out of The Call of the Wild. Keeping your facial hair even and well-groomed starts with having the proper trimming and sculpting tools, whether it be scissors, a straight razor, or an electric clipper. We love this ...

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September 3, 2013
Category: Wellness

At 64 and without a shark cage, Diana Nyad swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida. What have you done today?

For 35 years and after 4 previous attempts, she emerged victorious from the water with a message: “One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team.” All too often, we put a pre-mature expiration dates on our dreams because society gives us the illusion that after a certain age things can't be done. But the reality is, and what Diana reminds us all, is that with passion, determination, and hard work incredible things can happen at any age. It may all sound hokey, but with a timely example like this in the headlines, it's living proof that we should swing for the fences always.

What goals or dreams have you given up on due to age? Maybe it's time to revisit them...

August 28, 2013
Category: Entertainment

Kissing isn't always as smooth as it's portrayed in the movies. In fact, sometimes it can be down right awkward. Vloggers Mark and Ethan took to YouTube to illustrate just how awkward (and oftentimes hilarious) those moments can be. It doesn't hurt that both these boys are adorable while doing so.

What kind of awkward kissing would you add to the list?

Official MISTER
August 26, 2013
Category: Site News
SXSW MISTER PanelPicker Vote

We’re way into gay gamers, cinema-going studs, music-listening muscle boys, and digital-minded dudes, which is why we can’t wait for next year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival, going down next March 7-16, deep in the heart of Austin, Texas—it’s easily the biggest and best music and tech event of its kind!

MISTER was proud to be part of last year’s festivities with a MISTER Meetup at Oilcan Harry's, and we’re hoping to be there again in 2014 with a very special interactive panel event we’ve cooked up featuring MISTER CEO Carl Sandler and a very special diva comedian (think Margaret Cho or Chelsea Handler), who will go head to head on all kinds of funny, sexy, and irreverent topics. Read all about it, here.

Sound like a good time? Give it a thumbs-up on SXSW’s official Panelpicker website! Your vote will tell event organizers that you want MISTER to be part of this incredible week-long festival and help us introduce more great guys (and hopefully more than a few Texas cowboys) to MISTER.

Casting your vote is easy:

1. Click here and sign up for a free SXSW Panelpicker account through September 6.
2. Check your e-mail to confirm your registration.
3. Click on the MISTER Panelpicker page.
4. Click the thumbs-up icon on the left side of the page.

Better yet, saddle up and...

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Official Daddyhunt
August 22, 2013
Category: Gay Culture

We obviously love a good photo parade, so when we read the recent article by one of our favorite grizzly writers, Mike Albo, on New York Magazine’s The Cut website about all the sexy gay studs on Instagram, we headed over to check it out right quick. Turns out the popular app isn’t just a haven for cute cat pics and food porn photos. It’s actually brimming with hot, hairy men and delicious daddies who aren’t shy about sharing their selfies with the rest of the world. From a cute-as-a-button cub to a stogie-loving stud to one of our favorite fetish brands, here are just a few of the awesome accounts we’re enjoying this week:

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1. Byron AL Russell (@al_revolver)

We don’t know much about this fuzzy Italian Stallion other than he loves summer, traveling, and cuddly kittens (meow, indeed!), but who cares when you give Instagram as good as he does? From beach excursions in his Speedo to candid moments on the couch, we can’t help but scream, “Ciao, Italia!”

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2. Slick It Up (@slickitup)

This male bodywear and fetish gear label never disappoints...

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August 13, 2013
Category: Wellness

As gay men we live pretty active lives. Lives that are as diverse as the community of which we're a part. Many of us strive for success in every aspect of our everyday existence, but finding the right balance between those aspects can get tricky. I imagine a good portion of you are focused on meeting the right guy. For others, meeting someone is just a flicker of a thought because work takes up all of your time. It's not always easy to create a life where both work and relationships have equal footing. This is especially true when you break things down by age bracket. Perhaps in your early 20s you partied hard and creating a successful career was something that could be started in your 30s. Or maybe it's the exact opposite and you were driven in your 20s and 30s to get to the top, only to find yourself in your 40s with a comfortable lifestyle and no one to share it with. Either way, finding the right mix of these crucial components is key.

Sometimes it's not even in our control. I've met plenty of men who were laser-focused on their careers and nothing else, while other men sought success through finding a life partner - both parties being hardwired that way. Being in the latter group for the majority of my 20s, I've reached a point where my priorities have shifted and I find myself focused solely on my career at the moment. Having always hoped that something else would grab hold of my attention other than dating, I'm actually happy to be so career focused and not have the time to think about relationships. It'...

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August 8, 2013
Category: Site News
Gay Daddy Days Event Ptown

Last year, Age Appropriate blogger RobHeartsDH traveled to Provincetown, MA, to create a fun video about Provincetown Bear Week - something we'd heard great things about, but had never actually experienced. He didn't know what he'd find there, but it turned into a gripping expose entitled "Why Do Bears Woof?" Nobody knew.

All woofs aside, he loved the experience (and P-town in general) and discovered that the week is part of the bigger bear movement that's now gone global. And while we have a great many friendly bears here on this site, we wondered if we could make something for the bigger community - something for gay daddies of all stripes.

Enter Daddy Days! This year, we're proud to present the first-ever Daddy Days in Provincetown, starting this Saturday, August 10-17. We've always loved daddies and now we hear they're the new sexy gay niche. So...HERE WE GO!

It all starts this weekend. Our gracious host is the recently refurbished Crew's Quarters, located right on Commercial Street - P-town's main strip! We'll have info there, free stuff, and they're hosting a meet and greet on Wednesday, August 14, at 7pm (...

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August 5, 2013
Category: Eye Candy

In the world of gay swimwear the speedo reigns supreme. Not that anyone's really complaining. I mean let's be honest, on the right guy with the right fill it can bring the gays to their knees. But after a while, they do get a little monotonous. Aside from the easy to imagine under package, there's not much excitement when it comes to the speedo or men's swimsuits in general. So it's nice to be reminded of the different styles that used to populate the beaches courtesy of the Underwear Expert. They've compiled a gallery of 10 gorgeous shots that show off some incredible vintage styles. Sure some of them definitely look dated (and occasionally ridiculous) but most feel like they were just taken this weekend with an Instagram filter. It's nice to be reminded of the variety and styles that decades of men's fashion have compiled. What's old is new again is a common theme amongst men's styles and judging from this gallery, I wonder what next summer will bring.

What kind of swimsuit do you prefer on yourself and on others?