Thousands of wrestlers competed earlier this month to try to claim the golden belt in the Kirkpinar Festival in the Turkish city of Edirne. But this is wrestling with a twist. In a tradition spanning over 2 thousand years, each contender is slathered in olive oil, and its as much a test of skill as as a feat of strength.
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As evidenced through its simultaneous development in disconnected societies, wrestling is the oldest and most basic form of human physical culture. Fostering the primal desire for control, the discourse surrounding the sport of wrestling often draws on the symbolism of masculinity struggle, strength, determination, courage, etc. The effects of time and distance led to the evolution of the regional variations witnessed today.
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Within just a few weeks of the debut of the Turkish oil wrestling episode of cable show "The L Word ," a lesbianized version of the sport got its own reality seriesand now lesbian Turkish oil wrestling is the hot new fad, at least according to the culture watchers at BuzzFeed. But Turkish oil wrestling had already been appropriated by gay American men in a big way, so much so that it caused a big ruckus in the many homophobic pockets of Turkey a while back. First the "Bears of Turkey" planned and canceled a pilgrimage to a big oil wrestling championship, then a cruise ship full of gay European guys was turned away from a Turkish port, then the Times gave the trend a nod and finally in Turkish gay men fought for oil wrestling inclusion.
Especially when Showtime advertised this season with said greasy grappling. Thirty-five minutes and fifty-six seconds into the episode we hit the main event, a filthy quarter-hour of WTF? Is it hot? Are we horrified?
In case you mercifully never started watching it, or wisely abandoned it around the time the Betty theme song happened, allow me to sketch out for you the evolution of The L Word : In Seasons 1 and 2, it was a sincere, straight-faced, though increasingly ridiculous lesbian soap opera. In Season 3 the show turned into a lesbian melodrama that was written on a Tilt-a-Whirl made out of stupidity, and by Season 4 the show and drama had, in effect, died but yet episodes still managed to hobble on air. Now, in Season 5, the show is basically a comedy, which is I guess what happens when TV writers look around and realize all the characters and situations they've created are cartoons.