A New Study Published By A Bunch Of Nerds Is Tarnishing The Good Name Of Dodgeball And We Will Not Stand For It

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I wasn’t exactly a gym class hero back in high school but there were a few occasions that made me channel my inner Dave Franco in Superbad and take things far, far too seriously.

There weren’t many things I looked forward to more than a rainy day, as it meant there was a very good chance I’d get to wail on my classmates in dodgeball, an objectively fantastic sport that’s nonetheless been labeled Very Problematic by people who fear it makes kids get their feelings (and occasionally faces) hurt.

Dodgeball has been removed from more and more gym class curriculums in recent years, and while I usually stray away from the overused “snowflake” label, I don’t know a better way to describe the people who find it so abhorrent—especially a group of researchers who recently published a study exploring the allegedly oppressive nature of the activity.

According to The Washington Post, education experts at three Canadian universities banded together to explore dodgeball and came to the conclusion that it encourages participants to “dehumanize” each other via the hurling of balls.

Here’s what researcher Joy Butler had to say:

“When you’re setting up the environment for students to learn, and you introduce the idea that it’s okay to slam the ball at whomever you like, even if it’s with a soft ball, the intention is there.

“When students think it’s okay because they’re being told it’s okay to do that, what do they learn? People say [dodgeball] is being used as an outlet for aggression or catharsis. I suspect that this is where they’re learning that.

“[Physical education class] should be an arena where teachers are helping [students] control their aggression and move on instead of expressing themselves through anger.”

I don’t want to suggest Butler was one of those kids who walked laps around the gym instead of actually playing a game but nothing would surprise me less.

Connor Toole is a Senior Editor at BroBible based in Brooklyn, NY who embodies more of the stereotypes associated with the borough than he's comfortable with. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft before walking around the streets of NYC masquerading as the newest member of the Utah Jazz. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to land him a contract, so he was forced to settle for writing on the internet for a living instead. If you're mad about something he wrote, be sure that any angry tweets you send note the similarity between his last name and a popular insult, as no one has ever done that before.