Twink vs. Young

Twink vs. Young.

No, not a new legal battle we should all be watching for.

But I have several categories on my site that I never know which ones to use for some of the models. Sometimes I feel like I am tossing darts.

Take Twink for example. (since that is what this entry is about!)

I  get email that says, “‘You’re site has too many twinks?!” followed by an email later that day that says, “Why don’t you twinks on your site?”

So clearly the definition of Twink is interpreted in a variety of ways.

One interpretation would be that ‘barely legal’ look. They don’t necessarily have to be 18-19. I have plenty of 18-year-old models that don’t qualify, while some 25-year-old models fit my interpretation of  Twink.

It’s not just an age specific term.  They have to be lean, relatively hairless, and in my mind, with a touch of sugar in their voice and mannerism. And yet I just edited a video of a mid-twenties guy with chest hair, who I labeled as Twink

I also struggle to call the straight guys Twinks. I have realized that, again, for me, Twink really applies to gay guys. (is that fair?) I might have a lean kid of 18 who is very pretty, but I just find that I can’t click the category ‘twink’ for him. He may play basketball and have a deep voice, and is so girl crazy that I just can’t pin that category on him.

Which leads me to Labels. Everyone says they hate them, and we shouldn’t use them, but frankly, that is exactly what LANGUAGE is. A series of labels,mixed in with some verbs and other grammarian things!

“Stop labeling the models!” I get on occasion. Well, if I don’t say which team the model says he is playing on (despite what I might think personally) I wil get hundreds of letters asking is he gay or straight.

It’s VERY important that I say which he thinks he is during my summary.

People don’t like to be categorized or labeled, but we do it all the time. I have to embrace it so that people can find whatever niche turns them on, despite me mislabeling a model with my own interpretation.

What is important is to realize, is that while we constantly label people, a person can have many many labels. They just aren’t defined by that one label. That is what most people fear about labels.

But I gotta use them and it helps categorize the models. I come up with all kinds of new “labels” all the time, but the list is already getting long (plus I want to change the search so that we can search on multiple categories before adding more).

So over the course of the next couple months, I have models that I have deemed Twink and I am not sure I have always hit the mark. Just know that I am trying and while the model may not fit your definition of Twink, for some reason I have felt that members will get a Twink-like experience from the model!