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Twink is a subcultural term referring to gay or bi men who defy traditional masculine roles, embracing traits that are generally seen as feminine.[1]

Twinks are typically associated with a few key tropes: general physical attractiveness, a slim build, and a youthful appearance that lacks facial hair and often body hair as well.[1] In his book Never Enough (2007), Joe McGinniss describes a court case in which twink was defined as "a gay slang term used to denote an attractive, boyish-looking gay man between the ages of 18 and 23, slender ectomorph and with little or no body hair, often blond, often but not necessarily Caucasian."[2]

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Etymology[]

The origins of the term twink are disputed.

One possibility is that the term originates from twank, an older British gay slang term which means "the quarry of a homosexual prostitute (male); a man willing and ready to become any dominant man's 'partner'".[3] This would date the term back to the 1920-30s.[4]

Another possible origin of the term may be derived from Twinkie, an American snack cake. The food is described as "little nutritional value, sweet to the taste, and creme-filled";[5][6][7] by comparison, the young men are described as "short, and blond, and full of creme".[6] Cream is a well-known food-related euphemistic terms for semen.[6] Wiktionary lists this as the official etymology. This dates the term back to 1963.[4]

Oxford Dictionaries claims twink originates from the 1950s and is related to the word twinkle.[8]

Community[]

Flag[]

The Twink flag was made by Wikipedia user kaisuteknon and uploaded to Wikipedia on June 5th, 2009.[9] While the exact origins of the colors are unknown, the pink stripe is commonly seen as a celebration of the effeminate nature of many twinks.[10]

Controversy[]

Due to its suspected origins,[3] the term has been accused of being ageist and racist.[11]

Perceptions and discrimination[]

The twink stereotype has been criticized for its homogenous descriptions, usually bringing to mind thin, white, able-bodied, blond-haired young men. As with many terms, modern usage has broadened the term to include more diverse parts of the community.

Twinks are often common targets of homophobia due to closely meeting gay stereotypes. They also tend to be sexualized in media.[1]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "What is a twink?" by Pink News on <web.archive.org>(Archived on 2022-01-21)
  2. Never Enough (in English) by McGinniss, Joe. Published 2007 by Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780743296366(web archive)
  3. 3.0 3.1 The New Partridge Dictionary of slang and unconventional English (in English), vol. 2 by Partridge, Eric, with Dalzell, Tom (Senior Editor); Victor, Terry (Editor). Published 2006 by Routledge. ISBN 9781134963652(web archive)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Twink etymology" on <web.archive.org>(Archived on 2022-02-17)
  5. Polari - The Lost Language of Gay Men (in English) by Baker, Paul. Published 2002 by Routledge. ISBN 9781134506354(web archive)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Gay-2-Zee: A Dictionary of Sex, Subtext, and the Sublime (in English) by Reuter, Donald F.. Published 2006 by St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9780312354275(web archive)
  7. "Twinkies, 75 Years And Counting" by Sagon, Candy on <web.archive.org>. Published 2005-04-13. (Archived on 2022-01-21)
  8. "Twink definition" by Oxford Dictionary on <web.archive.org>(no backup information provided)
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Twinkprideflag.jpg
  10. "Pride flags: All of the flags you might see at Pride and what they mean" by Glass, Jess on <web.archive.org>. Published 2020-06-01. (Archived on 2021-07-04)
  11. Queer Youth Cultures (in English) by Driver, Susan. Published 2008 by SUNY Press. ISBN 9780791478868(web archive)
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