“Why America’s Hooked on Wrestling”

Passages from "The operational aesthetic in the performance of professional wrestling" by William P. Lipscomb III In “Why America’s Hooked on Wrestling,” Leland observes that the popularity of wrestling extends beyond the live and televised events to consumer merchandise:   The WWF’s home videos routinely rank No.1 in sports, its action figures outsell Pokemon’s and … Continue reading “Why America’s Hooked on Wrestling”

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Message 5: Men are not whiners

Below, some notes about gender in wrestling, from "Wrestling with Masculinity: Messages about Manhood in the WWE" by Danielle M. Soulliere Message 5: Men are not whiners As the classic adage “real men don’t cry” suggests, men are expected to exercise emotional restraint, to keep their emotions in check, and to avoid displaying any public show … Continue reading Message 5: Men are not whiners

Wrestling and Disability: David “Silento” Rodriguez

Professional wrestling studies has yet to fully engage the turn toward disability studies in the humanities and social sciences.  Publications like Disability Studies Quarterly and professional organizations like the Society for Disability Studies do broad-based research in disability studies.  Many disciplines engage subcommunities of scholars who do research in disability studies -- for example, colleagues of … Continue reading Wrestling and Disability: David “Silento” Rodriguez

Message 4: Real men take responsibility for their actions

Below, some notes about gender in wrestling, from "Wrestling with Masculinity: Messages about Manhood in the WWE" by Danielle M. Soulliere Message 4: Real men take responsibility for their actions As perhaps a derivative of being confrontational, manhood also entails taking responsibility. The message revealed was that real men take responsibility for their actions. Both the … Continue reading Message 4: Real men take responsibility for their actions

Message 3: A man confronts his adversaries and problems

Below, some notes about gender in wrestling, from "Wrestling with Masculinity: Messages about Manhood in the WWE" by Danielle M. Soulliere Message 3: A man confronts his adversaries and problems A further message revealed through the programs was that men are confrontational. To express this less violent form of aggression, male performers confronted each other and … Continue reading Message 3: A man confronts his adversaries and problems

Message 2: Men settle things physically

Below, some notes about gender in wrestling, from "Wrestling with Masculinity: Messages about Manhood in the WWE" by Danielle M. Soulliere Message 2: Men settle things physically Not only are men aggressive and violent, but their response tends to be primarily physical. Men settle debates, differences, con- frontations, and personal affronts through physical means. For example, … Continue reading Message 2: Men settle things physically