Hey! My name is Allan and this is my tumblr! I'm an historian working on my PhD. Here you'll find posts about history, comics, the American South, politics, Bob's Burgers, wrestling, puppies, and the occasional pretty lady. There will be angst, too. I can't help it; I'm on the trailing edge of Generation X.Ask me anything
quackenbuschlight asked: I'm waiting for you to refer to Kyriakoudes as "one half of the Tag Team Champions of the Ivory Tower" to his face. He'd probably get a plaque made.
If we can get enough buzz behind it, he’d be stoked. He’s a big public historian (meaning, he actively tries to make history accessible to the masses).
Anonymous asked: Why do girls watch wrestling? I'm so tired of their SJW feminist bull-shit and their thirsting for men in tights. What a bunch of teenage fangirls.
I’ll let another excerpt from Kyriakoudes and Coclanis, Tag Team Champions of the Ivory Tower, take this from here:
Professional wrestling targets males, age eighteen to fifty-four, although just over one-fifth of the sport’s audience is under eighteen. While wrestling promoters are fond of pointing out that the sport appeals to a wide range of education and income groups, three-quarters of the sport’s television viewership has earned only a high school education or less, and nearly 70 percent have household incomes under forty thousand dollars. Males are wrestling’s target group, but as any spectator at a wrestling match would know, women have long comprised a substantial portion of the sport’s audience. The chief sponsors of early televised wrestling were household appliance dealers who sought to reach an adult female audience. Today, 36 percent of wrestling’s television audience is female. Something of the sport’s appeal to women, particularly southern women, might be gathered from the fact that Lillian Carter, in her capacity as First Mother, once invited the masked wrestler “Mr. Wrestling II" to her Plains, Georgia, home for a visit ("Professional Wrestling and Southern Cultural Stereotypes"in Southern Cultures, pg. 14-15).
If it weren’t for women, the earliest wrestling programs would have never aired on NBC and old DuMont television network. And if it weren’t for shows like Saturday Night’s Main Event, wrestling wouldn’t have become a national television phenomenon.
Modern wrestling’s appeal has always crossed gender lines. If anything, it has help solidify a working-class culture that has, at times, transcended racial, gender, ethnic, national, and sexual divides. The fact that questions about the legitimacy of female membership in the fan community speaks more to the potency of conservative notions of masculinity and why poor whites continue to vote Republican (or Conservative) than to the authenticity of “fangirls.”