Author Archives: Justin Shaddix

The Value and Values of Middle-Aged Men

Despite society’s obsessive worship of youth, there’s still a whole lot of sexiness and desire associated with men of certain age.  Middle-aged men–or my preferred moniker, “daddies”–are arguably one of the most desirable groups in gay taxonomy with entire profile … Continue reading

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Campy Queens: An Out of Date Stereotype

Learning my gay history has been a process of gathering together bits and pieces from all sorts of sources over the years.  From drag queens, art galleries, hookups, and friends I’ve learned about our struggles and victories in a casual … Continue reading

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Jockstrapped

The jockstrap: the simplest and most potently masculine of all garments.  This hot little ass-hugging strap has been supporting men for over a hundred years with only a slight dip in popularity in the 80’s and 90’s when compression shorts … Continue reading

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Art To Teach And Remind Us (of what has come before)

I was an oblivious child when the AIDS epidemic swept through the gay community like a ravenous angel of death that no one yet understood.  While watching cartoons on a big boxy TV, I remember brief news reports of an … Continue reading

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The Man Behind the Screen

It happens all the time.  I ask my friend if knows some guy from the community.  I give a description, a first name, a few unique traits and get a, “uuuhhh, not sure…” response.  I provide a screen name and … Continue reading

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Mid-Atlantic Leather: RECAP

The first night I walk in out of the cold into the Hyatt and am instantly hit by warm air and the roaring mumble of many men talking and laughing at once in a large open space.  A few more … Continue reading

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MID-ATLANTIC LEATHER: A few lessons from last year

In just two days I’ll be boarding a train to Washington, D.C. laden with my bags of gear and full of excitement for the much anticipated MID-ATLANTIC LEATHER weekend! *fireworks and howling* This will be my second year attending MAL … Continue reading

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2011: By the Numbers

Another year has past on Becoming Mr. Eagle and I’m pretty thrilled with the modest audience I’ve gathered over the months. Like any blogger who gets off on having readers, I thank everyone for their continued support. Whether you’re a … Continue reading

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2011: Rear End Review

2011 Retrospective, selected memories that shaped my year: It’s January, MAL, and I’m sitting in a hotel room with two muscular men in jockstraps talking about bondage.  Their handsome faces smile atop thick torsos while gesturing with tattooed arms.  I … Continue reading

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Images from STUFF IT!

Last week’s fundraiser STUFF IT held at the NYC Eagle by Mr Eagle 2012, A.C. Demidont, was a bulging success!  Selling raffle tickets was surprisingly easy since many Leathermen are so willing and accustomed to donating to charitable events.  I … Continue reading

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