Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns
and the Politics of Manhood
“In Leading Men, Jackson Katz draws from and builds on recent scholarly work about women and the presidency, but his goal is to push presidential studies toward a more explicit engagement with feminist ideas about men and the presidency. Katz’s book manages to be both intellectually exhilarating and highly accessible even as it greatly advances our understanding of presidential politics. It should be widely read by students, scholars, pundits and political junkies.”
~ Dr. Caroline Heldman, Chair, Department of Politics, Occidental College, co-editor of Rethinking Madam President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House? and Fox News Commentator
The decisive re-election of President Barack Obama in 2012 exposed a startling development in contemporary American politics: Obama lost the white male vote by a landslide of 27 points -- but nonetheless still managed to win the election with the strong backing of women and voters of color. What does this tell us not only about shifting electoral demographics, but about the gender and racial transformations under way in American society over the past few decades? In Leading Men, Jackson Katz puts forth the original and highly provocative thesis that presidential campaigns have become the center stage of an ongoing national debate about manhood, a kind of quadrennial referendum on what type of man – or one day, woman -- embodies not only our ideological beliefs, but our very identity as a nation. Of course this debate has enormous implications for women – both as potential candidates for the presidency and as citizens.
Whether he is examining right-wing talk radio’s relentless attacks on the masculinity of Democratic candidates, how fears of appearing weak and vulnerable end up shaping candidates’ actual policy positions, the groundbreaking quality of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 run or her potential candidacy in 2016, Katz offers a new way to understand the role of identity politics in presidential campaigns. In the end, Leading Men offers nothing less than a paradigm-shifting way to understand the very nature of the American presidency.
(JacksonKatz@aol.com) is one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. An educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist, he is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field 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 the co-founder of the Mentors In Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in professional and college athletics. He is the director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps. He 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. Katz's second book, "Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood," was published by Interlink Publishing in 2012. Read more about Jackson Katz.
Jackson delivers the plenary address at the Global Symposium in Rio.
Jackson is proud to have been a featured plenary speaker at the Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys on Achieving Gender Equality in Rio de Janeiro.
This symposium marked a remarkable time in the global efforts to create gender equality and resulted in the drafting of a global declaration.
"The uniqueness of his comments and the inclusiveness of his approach brought our students and faculty, both male and female, to their feet." -- Kathleen Brownback, Phillips Exeter Academy.
“Thanks again for the inspiring and incredibly successful lecture. The buzz is loud and strong and unanimous: it was a soul-moving event. I know that you give this lecture in one form or another pretty regularly, but here is a reminder from a local person who gets to hear it just once: you are doing life-changing work that is motivating people to think differently about the world.”
-- Stacey Robertson, Ph.D., Bradley University, IL
Jackson Katz is now a blogger on the Huffington Post. Click HERE to see recent posts from Jackson.
Jackson's latest Book, Leading Men, Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood, published by Interlink Press is now available at Amazon.com. Look for it at your local book retailer.
Jackson's first Book, The Macho Paradox, Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Helpis available at Amazon.com Go to www.themachoparadox.com for reviews and chapter excerpts.
READ an in depth interview about The Macho Paradox with Jackson Katz by Kendra Olson-Hodgson of the Media Education Foundation.
Hip Hop: Beyond Beats
The new film by Byron Hurt premiered on PBS on February 20, 2007. Jackson Katz is Byron Hurt's long-time advisor, friend, and colleague. Katz appears in "Beyond Beats and Rhymes." For more information about the film, including materials to assist educators in classroom discussions and other dialogues, go to: http://www.itvs.org/outreach/hiphop/