Guns, Sports, and the Feels

How America’s “Manliest” Pastimes Serve as Outlets for Sensitive Men

Erik Devaney
10 min readMay 13, 2024

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Imagine an activity wherein a bunch of dudes in skin-tight pants chase each other around and pile on top of one another.

Between these bursts of fervent frolicking and sprees of “wrapping each other up,” butt-slapping and bear-hugging occur with great regularity.

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Erik Devaney

Full-time stay-at-home dad, part-time ghostwriter, retired pub musician, recovering marketer