Something I was forced to think about while reading Katz and Jhally's article, "Manhood on the Mat," was my being a wrestling fan, but also a feminist. It is difficult sometimes to justify the former while being the latter. A lot of people do not believe that you can be both. I will disagree with that sentiment 'til the day I die. Being a feminist colors how I view wrestling stories and characters, which makes it really fun to watch. Watching characters like Zeb Coulter say really degrading things to women like Lana gets me riled up! And I love that. I am aware that Zeb Coulter is a character and he does not really believe the things he says. But while watching a fictional show, his character is saying and doing things that make me hate him, so when he gets attacked it makes it so very gratifying.
Another great example is the storyline that happened a few months ago between Fandango, Summer Rae, and Layla. Summer Rae was Fandango's dancing partner and then he "broke up" with her via Twitter. He then started dancing with Layla. For awhile, there was this whole obnoxious feud between Layla and Summer Rae, fighting over Fandango. This whole story infuriated me. These women were good wrestlers, they were worth so much more than this storyline that was turning them into empty-headed, boy crazy, jealous objects. And then, one episode they realize how ridiculous they were being fighting with each other. They realized this dude was treating them like objects instead of people and he wasn't worth it. They teamed up and dedicated their time to destroying his career. Cheesy and dorky? Yes. But satisfying? Most definitely.
Finally, you have characters like Paige and AJ Lee who are such incredible athletes and they show that women can be just as kick-ass as men. Then you see even MORE amazing women wrestlers in NXT. Some of the best women's matches are on NXT. Here is one of my favorites between Emma and Paige (before she made it over to the WWE): click here. (It won't let me embed it since it's not from YouTube.)