(c. 1980). Two articulated paper dolls, in the style of Tom of Finland, provide a coy and playful window into the gay kink culture of the later twentieth century. One is dressed in a leather harness, boots, and cuffs, sporting an earring in his right ear (at the time a subtle flag for gay men) and presenting as rather hirsute—all hallmarks of a “bear,” or dominant partner; he is also uncircumcised. The other is dressed in a collar, cuffs, and jockstrap, and is presented as largely hairless—hallmarks of a “twink,” or submissive partner. This latter doll is also partially hand-colored and is circumcised. Together, the couple captures a moment of queer life, sexual freedom, and, as paper dolls, the inherent joy and unseriousness in both.
Dolls slightly toned, as expected, small stains to thigh of submissive figure, else fine. Item #31391