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The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help

This multimedia lecture uses the title and structure of Jackson Katz’s important and highly readable new book The Macho Paradox to explore some of the ways that male culture contributes to sexual and domestic violence, and to suggest strategies to enlist men in the fight against all forms of men’s violence toward women. Topics covered include male peer culture in schools and colleges, men’s uses of pornography, prostitution and stripping, sexism in the sports culture and the U.S. military, the many intersections between racism and sexism, and the role of homophobia in all-male groups. Katz uses entertaining and disturbing clips from his award-winning videos, including Tough Guise, to accentuate the importance of understanding – and changing – the cultural environment that condones or promotes sexism and violence.

Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity

A multimedia presentation. In this lecture, Jackson Katz uses clips from his film, Tough Guise, to illustrate how mainstream media images - from sports, television, Hollywood film, and music video - help to promote violent masculinity as a cultural norm. The intent of this lecture is to provide students, teachers, and anyone else with conceptual and practical tools for reading media images critically - especially those connected with masculinity and violence. Both negative and positive images are included. To learn more about the video, Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity, please visit the Media Education Foundation.

More Than a Few Good Men: A Lecture on American Manhood and Violence Against Women

How can we encourage men to attend programs on sex and gender issues? How can we encourage men to move beyond defensiveness on the subject of rape and other forms of gender violence? How can we educate men about these issues without blaming them for centuries of sexism and gender oppression? In More Than a Few Good Men, Jackson Katz addresses these topics head-on. This acclaimed program inspires men and women to confront one of the most serious and persistent problems facing college students: violence against women. The subjects he covers include sexual and domestic violence, but also pornography, prostitution and stripping. Traditionally, these issues have been considered "women's issues." More Than a Few Good Men, by contrast, focuses on the lives and attitudes of boys and men. In a provocative presentation that interposes irreverent humor with unpleasant reality, Katz stimulates dialogue between the sexes by helping to illuminate how the problems of individual women and men are linked to larger social forces. More Than a Few Good Men is not the typical lecture about men behaving badly. With his witty, engaging, and personal speaking style, Katz:

  • Shares stories from his pioneering gender violence prevention work with U.S. Marines, professional and collegiate athletes, and college fraternities.

  • Illustrates how the sports culture, comedy, advertising, and other media depictions of men, women, sex and violence contribute to pandemic levels of gender violence.

  • Conveys a cutting edge analysis of masculinity and sexual politics.

  • Shows, with humor, how homophobia prevents many men, and women, from dealing honestly with sexism.

  • Draws connections between the campus culture of drinking and the incidence of sexual assault.

Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity

A multimedia presentation. In this lecture, Jackson Katz uses clips from his highly acclaimed first film, Tough Guise, (and the new Tough Guise 2, set for release in early 2007) to illustrate how mainstream media images -- from sports, television, Hollywood film, advertising, and music video - help to promote violent masculinity as a cultural norm. The intent of this lecture is to provide students, teachers, and anyone else with conceptual and practical tools for reading media images critically - especially those connected with masculinity and violence. Both negative and positive images are included. This illustrated lecture is highly relevant to anyone interested in media literacy -- in practice or theory. To learn more about Katz’s videos, including Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity, please visit the Media Education Foundation.

It's the Masculinity, Stupid: Media Images of Manhood in U.S. Presidential Campaigns

An illustrated slide-lecture. This slide-lecture is an original, entertaining, and cutting-edge analysis of political imagery and rhetoric in U.S presidential campaigns. In this presentation, Katz, a doctoral student in cultural studies and education at UCLA, introduces audiences to a new area of study: Critical political media literacy. CPML is based on the idea that thoughtful citizenship in democratic societies in the 21st century media environment requires -- at a minimum -- that people have critical media literacy skills in order to resist media-driven political manipulations.

The content of Katz’s analysis revolves around gender images. Most academic and journalistic work on gender in politics focuses on women, and how their voting patterns and electoral participation are changing the face of American politics. It's the Masculinity, Stupid, by contrast, focuses on the gendered nature of men's voting patterns and choices, and places special emphasis on representations of presidential masculinity. All demographic categories of voters are included in the analysis, but special attention is paid to working-class white male voters. This presentation examines imagery from presidential campaigns in the television era, especially since the 1980 election of the former Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan. Masculine imagery and rhetoric from the 2000 and 2004 elections are thoroughly dissected, as is the use of “manhood” in political commercials and media coverage.

It’s The Masculinity, Stupid also includes a discussion of the upcoming 2008 campaign, as well as a special focus on the gender politics of the war in Iraq and the “war on terror,” and how they have been and will continue to be used to market candidates and political parties. This presentation is extensively illustrated with photo-ops, political advertising, political cartoons and satire, newspaper headlines and a variety of symbolic political imagery.

Possible lecture/training titles for Jackson Katz appearances:

(Note: this list is intended to provide sponsoring organizations with a range of possible titles for talks and trainings. Event titles are not limited to this list. Please check with Jackson Katz before deciding on a title.

The Macho Paradox: why some men hurt women and how all men can help
More Than A Few Good Men
Tough Guise
Men, Women, Sex and Violence
Taking It Personally: Why Gender Violence is an Issue for Men
Bad Boys and Bystanders
Violence and Silence
Men, Masculinities and Media
Drink Like A Man

My Gun's Bigger Than Yours: Images of Manhood and Violence in the Media

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