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Jackson Katz
Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist who is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the fields of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. He has lectured on hundreds of college and high school campuses and has conducted hundreds of professional trainings, seminars, and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. He is co-founder (1993) of the Mentors In Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in college and professional athletics. MVP is the first "bystander" program in the domestic and sexual violence prevention field; Katz is one of the key architects of the bystander approach. Since 1997, he and his colleagues have trained and implemented bystander intervention training in all major branches of the US military. Dr. Katz is also the creator and co-creator of educational videos for college and high school students, including Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity (2000), Wrestling With Manhood (2002) and Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies and Alcohol (2004). His first book, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, was published by Sourcebooks in 2006. His most recent book is entitled Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood (Interlink Books, 2013).

Entries by Jackson Katz

Trump Plays the 'Man Card' Because It's the Only Way He Can Win

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 3:10 PM

If Donald Trump were a woman he'd probably get less than 5% of the vote. That's because in his march toward the Republican presidential nomination, he draws the majority of his support precisely because he is a man - a certain kind of man. His entire candidacy is based on...

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Fifty Shades of Grey and the Sexual (Mis)Education of Boys

(131) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 1:30 PM

Fifty Shades of Grey is now in theaters, so I'm bracing myself for the conversation(s) I'm about to have with my 13-year-old son. As someone who works in the fields of gender violence prevention and critical media literacy, I'm invested in these discussions on a professional level. But as a...

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Pro Football Already Plays a Key Role in Domestic Violence Prevention

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 8:58 AM

For evidence of the kind of impact the National Football League (NFL) could have if it turned its considerable cultural power and resources toward the prevention of domestic and sexual violence, one need look no further than the experience of our neighbors to the north.

A growing number of...

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Rice Video Accelerates Cultural Shift on Men's Violence

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 2:17 PM

The video that TMZ leaked of Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée in a casino elevator couldn't have come at a more fortuitous moment. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which means that every year around this time women's shelters and advocacy organizations expend a great deal of...

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President Obama Models Men's Leadership in Halting Sexual Assault

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 7:47 PM

Activists and advocates who have been working for decades to change the attitudes and beliefs that sustain epidemic levels of sexual violence achieved a significant milestone last week. Finally, a president of the United States -- The Most Powerful Man in the World -- used the power of his office...

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Call of Duty and a Generation of Joystick Warriors

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 1:10 PM

Since the recent release of the blockbuster war-themed video game Call of Duty: Ghosts, the news media has been abuzz with reports about its awe-inspiring realism and predictions about whether it could reach the dizzying sales heights of Grand Theft Auto V. (It couldn't).

There has...

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Porn Chic, Gender Performance and Halloween Fashion

(6) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 4:59 PM

It's Halloween season, so naturally there is an uptick in social commentary about what children's costumes reveal about the state of U.S. culture. For many years now, Halloween has been a case study in our ongoing cultural schizophrenia about entertainment media, where adults alternately lament the loss of youthful innocence...

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Conservatives Mock Eve Ensler on Right-wing Talk Radio

(3) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 12:37 PM

For millions of women and men around the world, the playwright Eve Ensler is a beloved figure. She represents the epitome of the politically engaged artist, someone who uses her creative brilliance to illuminate injustice and give voice to the voiceless. She is also one of the best-known activists of...

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The Masculinity Politics of the Rand Paul Filibuster

(9) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster on March 6, designed to force the Obama administration to clarify its drone policy, did more than "scramble the politics of left and right," in the words of a widely discussed front-page story in The New York Times. It was also a pivotal...

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Newtown and Old Analysis at The New York Times

(7) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 3:06 PM

It's a safe bet that as school resumes and colleges come back from winter break, many teachers and professors will be discussing various aspects of the Newtown massacre. And for those who plan to discuss the gender issues at the heart of this and most rampage killings, it will be...

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Memo to Media: Manhood, Not Guns or Mental Illness, Should Be Central in Newtown Shooting

(523) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 11:14 AM

Many of us whose work touches on the subject of masculinity and violence have long been frustrated by the failure of mainstream media -- and much of progressive media and the blogosphere as well -- to confront the gender issues at the heart of so many violent rampages like the...

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"Senator McMahon" Sounds like an Outlandish WWE Story-Line

(5) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 12:44 PM

Say it ain't so, Connecticut. To many of us who have closely followed Linda McMahon's business career, the very idea of her being elected to the United States Senate sounds more like an outlandish World Wrestling Entertainment story line than it does a realistic political scenario in the Nutmeg State.

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Romney's Response to Rush's Misogyny Underscores the Need for Bystander Education

(75) Comments | Posted March 24, 2012 | 5:53 PM

Mitt Romney's cautious and feeble answer to a question about Rush Limbaugh's misogynous tirade against Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke earlier this month might have an unintended positive effect: it is already serving as a case study for educators who teach the "bystander" approach to sexual and domestic violence prevention.

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Romney Trawls for White Working-Class Votes in New Hampshire on The Howie Carr Show

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 11:12 AM

As the campaign moves to New Hampshire, Mitt Romney is getting free advice on how to reach blue-collar Republicans from conservative talk radio host Howie Carr, a long-time fixture in New England media and politics who specializes in selling the party of the rich to the white working-class....

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Romney, Gingrich and the Two Versions of Ronald Reagan

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 10:42 AM

There were two distinct Ronald Reagans being channeled onstage at the GOP debate in Des Moines, Iowa on December 10. The problem for Mitt Romney is that for reasons of both political miscalculation and personal temperament, he chose the wrong one.

For years, Romney has been trying...

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There Are Victims in the Penn State Tragedy, Not "Accusers"

(11) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 10:36 AM

At least one positive development has emerged from the Penn State sexual abuse scandal. In news and commentary about that tragic case, the victims are actually being referred to as "victims." While it's easy to find references to "Jerry Sandusky's accusers," it is perhaps equally as likely to read and...

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Men's Emotional Connection to Guns: An Interview With Michael Messner (Part 2)

(82) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 1:27 PM

Blogger's note: This is the second part of a two-part interview I conducted with USC sociologist Michael Messner, whose memoir King of the Wild Suburb: a memoir of fathers, sons and guns, was published recently by Plain View Press. Click here for Part 1.


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Fathers, Sons and Guns: An Interview With USC Sociologist and Author Michael Messner

(6) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 11:21 AM

Guns are in the news every day in our society. They're the weapon of choice in countless "routine" homicides and mass murders. Motorcycle gang shootouts. Armed robberies. School shootings. Domestic violence rampages. Guns are a staple of our entertainment culture, a critical part of the story line in a seemingly...

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DSK's Alleged Victim Should Not Be Called His "Accuser"

(143) Comments | Posted August 20, 2011 | 1:22 PM

Can we please stop referring to Nafissatou Diallo as DSK's "accuser?" She is his alleged victim. Every time someone calls her an "accuser" they undermine her credibility and bolster his. And it's not just sexist men who are doing this. Even some feminists and victim advocates have started using the...

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Rush Limbaugh Scrambles to Un-Man Obama After Osama bin Laden killing

(473) Comments | Posted May 13, 2011 | 12:48 PM

If journalism is the first draft of history, then talk radio provides an early glimpse into how the meaning of political events will be spun for ideological and partisan purposes. In particular, conservative talk radio is a good place to go if you want a fast-breaking take on what the...

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