The Most Transphobic Thing That Ever Happened…

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Oliver Lee Bateman examines one of the most transphobic moments in television history.

Proving Your Manhood: “Thank You, Sir. May I Have Another?”

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“Absorbing punishment to prove you’re a man seems like the easy way out,” argues Oliver Lee Bateman.

When Unmanliness Was Manly: The Story of “Playboy” Buddy Rose

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on the unorthodox career of pro wrestler “Playboy” Buddy Rose.

Behind the Mask: The Amazing True Story of Masked Wrestling in the United States

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman reflects on a time when masked wrestlers ruled the American South.

The Internet Sex Archive: What Should We Do With Millions of Hours of Amateur Pornography?

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines the potential scholarly applications of websites like Xtube and RedTube.

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.

The Year in Review…in Review (Or: Why I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Clickbait)

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman examines our obsession with lists, facts, and clickbait headlines.

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.

How I Saved My Life

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Oliver Lee Bateman discusses how he came to terms with his troubled past.

The Prison of Memory: Forgetting to Forgive

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Historian Oliver Lee Bateman unpacks his own complicated memories.

Dusty Rhodes, the American Everyman

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Oliver Lee Bateman examines one of the most poignant interviews in pro wrestling history, Dusty Rhodes’ “hard times” monologue about working-class masculinity.

Capitalism, Violence, and Male Bodies: The Strange Saga of Vince McMahon

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Wrestling magnate Vince McMahon has earned untold millions by convincing people to pay him for the right to witness his own (possibly deserved) humiliations.

Masculinity, Violence, and Injury

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Oliver Lee Bateman examines the nexus between aggression and masculinity that leads many men to participate in dangerous activities.

CrossFit’s Problem With Women, and Ours

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So why has CrossFit been posting all of these photos of women in compromising situations?

Ironic Masculinity: The Way Forward?

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Oliver Lee Bateman comes to terms with conventional masculinity.