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Gender on the Agenda


As a tween developing my young feminist consciousness, my eyes opened to the messages being sent to girls by media and politics. Looks are the most important. There aren’t many women in holding political office. Awareness of gender norms became the lens through which I navigated an evening of reality television or a student council speech. As I grew older and learned more about feminist history, theory and activism, I understood the ways that gender impacts everyone. A woman, a man, and a non-binary/gender non-conforming person are all affected by gender expectations in different ways. I began to see the messages being sent to boys and men in the media. Be strong. Take control.

The work of feminist educator Jackson Katz, Ph.D., articulates this as a culture of violence. His film Tough Guise deftly breaks down the messages about masculinity and how they intersect with race, class, and sexuality. Katz reminds us that the work of unlearning sexism and ending gender violence comes not from shaming girls and women, but empowering men to provide a counter-narrative to the norms provided for them. Katz’s work affirms my own feminist consciousness and helps bring boys and men into the conversation.

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an educator, author and acclaimed lecturer who is a pioneer in the fields of gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. He is cofounder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the original “bystander” programs; Katz is one of the architects of this popular approach to prevention/social norms change. MVP is expanding in schools and communities here in the U.S. and internationally. It is also the most widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention initiative in college and professional athletics in North America. MVP has worked extensively with numerous teams in the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR and many other sports organizations, as well all branches of the U.S. military. Katz is the creator of the award-winning documentaries Tough Guise and Tough Guise 2 (just released) and author of The Macho Paradox and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. He lectures widely in the United States and around the world on violence, media, and masculinities.

We will have the opportunity to speak with Jackson Katz and view a premiere of Tough Guise 2 on Tuesday, February 11 at the Trinity School (101 W 91st St) at 6:30PM.

Emily Schoor Lesnick
Theatre Arts Teacher

Gender on The Agenda

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