I like what the bear community used to be, but I have little patience for what it is now. If the bear community started out to celebrate men as men actually are, then turning it into yet another form of drag (something that gay men desperately need) is self-defeating.
Also, I have to roll my eyes whenever someone tells me that the bear community started in rebellion against the young-looking, skinny, smooth ideal of the early eighties. What young-looking, skinny, smooth ideal of the early eighties? I have my reasons for believing that if there had been such an ideal, I should have been among the first to notice.