What amount of naked male touching is permissable before it becomes veiwed as homosexual? Jim Mavro's photos of Greek wrestlers prove that the U.S. may be more uptight than other countries in the world. Of course we enjoy these images for their male beauty, just as we might enjoy looking at images of a Speedo-clad Tom Daley at a competition. But oil wrestling photos seem to always garner a WTF? reaction from American audiences — gay or straight. In other countries it's just a sport... Albeit a sport where very fit men wear leather shorts, coat each other in oil, and then try to jam their hands down the other man's shorts. But look closer at these images and you will also see a level of physical comfort the men and boys have when not wrestling. Sometimes more homophobic countries also allow for more male-on-male affection. It can be a toss up about who is more enlightened.
Photography by Jim Mavro (visit his Flickr page here).