5 Things That Make the Internet Awful, And Why You Or I Might Be One of Them

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines one of our most dysfunctional relationships.

On Privilege Checking: The Story of My RateMyProfessors.com Chili Pepper

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History professor Oliver Lee Bateman checks the various privileges symbolized by a single flaming chili pepper.

Here’s What I’m Afraid of…and Maybe You Are, Too

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Do we run away from what scares us, or run away from running away?

Video Games: Still Bro-tastic and Misogynistic After All These Years

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines a console gaming industry bent on peddling the same old trash to willing buyers.

Why I Might Give Up Eating Meat…Forever

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“I do not like to feel trapped by a box of one size fits all manliness, and a template for stepping outside of it, even in a realm as simple as that of cuisine, feels like a liberating idea,” writes strongman and BBQ aficionado N.C. Harrison.

The Worst Video Game You’ve Never Played

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines how the latest version of Super Smash Bros. has already broken the hearts of its most devoted fans.

Pinterest “Hunk Boards” and Male Objectification

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Oliver Lee Bateman considers the weighty implications of Pinterest “hunk boards.”

The Year I Discriminated Against Everyone

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on the depths to which he sank during the year he spent managing an Abercrombie & Fitch.

Awkwardly Flipping the Script on Bumbling Dads

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N.C. Harrison examines a sitcom in which the father figure isn’t portrayed as a bumbling doofus.

Who is Belle Knox? Reflections on Duke University’s Porn Star

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N.C. Harrison asks outraged critics of Duke University porn star Miriam Weeks to avoid rushing to judgment.

Godspeed, Egon: In Memory of Harold Ramis

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Seminary graduate N.C. Harrison reflects on Harold Ramis’ mortality, and his own.

Joe Biden and Ryan Braun: Performance-Enhanced Alpha Males

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There are genuine issues of goodness or badness to worry about in the world, but they do not involve Ryan Braun and other PED users.

Brotherhood and Vulnerability

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“So many men don’t have someone with the strength to be vulnerable, to tell them how much they mean and how huge a hole it would leave if they left.”

Kansas Legislature Attempts to Legalize Discrimination By Declaring War on Marriage

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Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on the limits of tolerance in the context of the Kansas bill that would legalize discrimination against same-sex couples.

Masculinity and Competitiveness: Why I Quit Playing Video Games

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Oliver Lee Bateman thought he was immune to the ill effects of competitiveness. Then he got involved in e-gaming.