Twink (gay slang)
Twink is a gay slang term used to refer to a young (18 to early 20s) man with certain outward characteristics, such as an effeminate manner, a thin build, no body or facial hair, which all contribute to a youthful look. The term has origins of usage in the 1970s.
The Oxford Dictionary says the word "twink" means "a homosexual or effeminate, or a young man regarded as an object of homosexual desire," and that the word has origins in the 1970s. The term is derived from the snack cake Twinkie, commonly regarded as the quintessential junk food: "little nutritional value, sweet to the taste and creme-filled." Cream is among the well-known food-related euphemistic terms for semen. In Queering Pornography: Desiring Youth, Race and Fantasy in Gay Porn, essayist Zeb J. Tortorici notes that gay twink porn thrives on the production and performance of "consumable and visually/anally receptive masculinity."
A twink is "memorable for his outer packaging", not his "inner depth". The definition of twink has broadened, and qualifiers (such as muscle or femme) narrow the meaning to a more specific type of twink.
Twinks are often clean-shaven to emphasize a youthful, fresh-faced appearance. The term has been used by bears in a derogatory and pejorative manner. In some cases, it is a neutral descriptive term, and can be contrasted with bear. The term is often modified by various descriptors, e.g., femme twink, Euro twink and muscle twink. The term is often used in the gay porn industry.
In a 2007 book entitled Never Enough about a 2003 murder in Hong Kong the author Joe McGinniss in his book, described by the New York Times Book Review as hard-boiled clichés with a cartoonish first impression, the author describes a court case in which twink was said to mean 'a gay slang term used to denote an attractive, boyish-looking gay man between the ages of 18 and 22, slender ectomorph and with little or no body hair, often blond, often but not necessarily Caucasian.'
Similar to other "codes", like the bear code, the twink code is a set of symbols using letters, numerals, and other characters commonly found on modern, Western computer keyboards, and used for the describing and rating of twinks. These codes are used in email, Usenet, and Internet forum postings to identify the physical type and preferences of the poster but have mostly fallen out of usage. The code includes physical traits such as "c" for color of hair (from blond to black), "l" for length of hair (from bald/clean-shaven to very long), "h" for degree of hairlessness, "y" for youthful appearance, and "e" for endowment. It also includes personality traits such as "q" for "queeniness" and sexual preferences such as "k" for "the kinky factor".
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