Jackson Katz
Jackson Katz
Jackson T. Katz is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities. An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has worked in gender violence prevention work with diverse groups of men and boys in sports culture and the military, and has pioneered work in critical media literacy.
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The Real Work Of Being An Ally
Huffington Post - 22 days
By Tamara Winfrey Harris Never in a generation have women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community more dearly needed active allies to counter inequality. Unfortunately, the contours of active allyship are elusive to most Americans — even progressive ones. It’s not simply that it is easier to disapprove of bigotry passively than it is to actually do something about it. (Though it is.) It’s also that many people lack experience resisting the prejudice baked into American society. But there are plenty of men and women who have long been committed to living the values of anti-racism, -sexism, and -homophobia who can teach us how to do better. In the weeks leading up to Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, I spoke to everyday activists — writers, lecturers, Sunday School teachers, and mothers — about how to support marginalized people and fight discrimination. Conspiring with marginalized people to beat back bigotry requires five things of would-be allies, they told me: learning, list ...
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Trump's Election Raises Fears Of Increased Violence Against Women
Huffington Post - 3 months
In 1981, when Rita Smith was hired as a crisis counselor at a battered women’s shelter in Colorado, it was still legal for a man to rape his wife in most of the country. There was no national hotline for victims of abuse to call for help. The 1994 landmark Violence Against Women Act ― the first federal legislation acknowledging domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes ― was only a seed in the minds of ambitious advocates like herself.   Thirty-five years and countless women’s rights victories later, Smith sat at her nephew’s house last Tuesday ready to witness Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton make history. Many pundits and pollsters had declared the race a lock, the first female president all but elected. Instead, Smith watched in bewilderment as voters eschewed Clinton for Republican Donald Trump, who had bragged about groping women without permission and was accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women over his lifetime. Smith went home before the electio ...
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NFL in L.A.? We Don't Need the Headaches
Huffington Post - about 2 years
As another Super Bowl comes and goes, this time amidst a clamor over deflated footballs, I have to say I am happy to be living and working in a major metropolitan area that is still, for the moment, an NFL-Free Zone. In recent weeks, breathless news commentators and Los Angeles civic leaders have expressed unabashed enthusiasm for the latest story that won't go away: "NFL team coming to LA?" An unspoken assumption in the resurgent buzz seems to be that having an NFL franchise in Los Angeles will be a great thing. I don't think so. Considering what we now know about the long-term risks of head injuries caused by football and the NFL's continued resistance to addressing domestic violence, sports fans should reconsider whether having an NFL team is something to be proud of. The devastating effect of head injuries routinely absorbed by football players is finally coming to light. Even "Iron Mike" Ditka, the archetype of the tough guy player and coach, said last week to HBO's Br ...
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Gary Lee Littrell Command Sergeant Major U.S.Army - COMMITMENT, INTEGRITY, COURAGE
Hawaii Reporter - over 2 years
r CSM Gary Lee Littrell, US Army BY DUANE ALLEN VACHON, PH.D.  After writing almost 300 articles honoring America’s bravest, Medal of Honor recipients, there are a few characteristics I find they all share.  One of them is integrity.  Websters might define it differently, I think integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching, even when it’s not the easiest thing to do.  Gary Lee Littrell has demonstrated what integrity is.  Maybe if some of the politicians who were running our country when Littrell was showing his integrity in Kontum Province, the outcome in Vietnam might have been different. Gary Lee Littrell (born October 26, 1944) is a retired United States Army Command Sergeant Major who, while a Sergeant First Class serving as an advisor to Army of the Republic of Vietnam's Ranger units during the Vietnam War, acted with extraordinary courage during a four day siege on his battalion — for which he received the Medal of Honor.   Gary Littrell was nine ...
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Senator Mobina Jaffer: Violence Against Women: It's a Men's Issue
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I recently watched a TED Talk by Jackson Katz called "Violence Against Women -- It's a Men's Issue." Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women's issues." In his talk, Jackson Katz, stresses the importance of changing the way we think in order to realize that violence against women is very much a men's issue. As a result, men play a key role in the solution to violence against women. "Calling gender violence a women's issue is part of the problem," argues Katz. "It gives a lot of men an excuse not to pay attention." Unfortunately, placing the responsibility on the minority and forgetting about the role of the dominant group is not uncommon. When we say 'gender' we think of women, when we say 'sexual orientation' we think of gay, lesbian, or bisexual individuals, and when we say 'race' we think of people of colour. Katz questions "Why are men, heterosexuals, and Caucasians -- the dominant groups in society -- exempt from these discussions?" Violence agains ...
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The 20 online talks that could change your life
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
Once, the privilege of seeing great thinkers explain their ideas in person was confined to city dwellers with time and money. Now, thanks to sites such as TED talks, any of us with an internet connection has access to an extraordinary body of philosophy, economics, psychology and more. Here is our pick of them How Economic Inequality Harms Societies Who's talking? Professor Richard Wilkinson, an epidemiologist. What is he on about? The effects of inequality on societies all over the world. This will be familiar territory to anyone who has read The Spirit Level, but for those who haven't it will be eye-opening in the extreme. Wilkinson shows that in unequal societies crime rates are higher, mental health and teen pregnancy are more common, and people – in every income bracket – live shorter lives. Is he right? Yes. It's kind of his life's work. Highlight: Wilkinson's brilliant voice. Use this knowledge to: Reinvigorate egalitarianism; reform everything. Your Body Language Sha ...
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Jackson Katz: Conservatives Mock Eve Ensler on Right-wing Talk Radio
Huffington Post - over 3 years
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 our time on the global scourge of men's violence against women, a heroine for countless victims of rape and abuse, and those who care about them. As you might expect, she's much less highly regarded on the right. Consider how she and her work were treated on a national conservative talk radio show that aired on July 4. An influential executive from the conservative Salem Radio Network, Lee Habeeb, was guest-hosting on one of the network's properties, The Dennis Prager Show. His guest was the right-wing author and "documentary" filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza. D'Souza was there to promote his current film project, a conservative take on the greatness of America, and a follow-up to ...
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Becky Lee: How Educating High School Athletes Helps Defeat Domestic Violence
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
The Steubenville rape case, in which two student athletes were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl, brings to light the question of whether or not there is tolerance of dating violence within the realm of high school sports. Both students were convicted back in March of 2013 based on rape allegations from an August 2012 incident in which an unconscious female classmate was repeatedly sexually assaulted at a house party. Alarming evidence presented at the trial revealed that the Steubenville High School head football coach, Reno Saccoccia, may have failed to report the sexual assault allegations against both players. One particularly disturbing text message introduced at the trial suggests that Saccoccia "took care of" the matter, assuring both suspects that they would not be penalized. Even worse, Steubenville High officials have recently renewed Saccoccia's contract as the head coach for another two years. If fellow teammates had been aware about the war ...
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Ellen Snortland: The 'F' Word Worth Saying
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The F word -- "feminist" -- is now hip and worthy of men's attention... really? Wow! I recently received a spate of links from several women via email and Facebook about a Fall 2012 TEDx talk by Dr. Jackson Katz concerning the need for men to step up and address male violence and aggression. The women were all excited about what they perceived as the Second Coming of feminism, and were almost jumping with joy while proclaiming "the men are here, the men are here!" Katz isn't alone; similar sentiments are popping up all over the Web. All of a sudden, men are apparently coming out of the woodwork, burning their metaphorical bras and taking on "the man" as the real F-word, FEMINISTS! During this year's International Women's Day on March 8 (fittingly, also my husband's birthday), Sir Patrick Stewart of Star Trek fame went public in New York City as an impassioned advocate for Ring the Bell, a global initiative for ending violence against women... man by man, promise by pr ...
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Ann U. Wright: Ending Violence Against Women Requires a Bigger Role From Men
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Several weeks ago, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, the head of the Air Force's sexual assault prevention program was arrested for attacking a woman in a Virginia parking lot. Just days later the Army's coordinator for sexual assault prevention was accused of 'abusive sexual contact.' And, as if it couldn't get any worse, last week, a sergeant at West Point Military Academy was charged with secretly videotaping female cadets in the shower. Though the vast majority of our men and women in uniform serve honorably, events like these are far too common. A survey from the Pentagon's Sexual Assault Prevention Office finds that cases of sexual assault in the military are on the rise with 26,000 servicemen and servicewomen sexually assaulted last year (up from 19,000 the previous year). Only 10 percent of these cases have been prosecuted. Lawmakers like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are providing much needed leadership, pushing to reform the military's sexual assault policy to hold offenders ...
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Soraya Chemaly: An Open Letter to Facebook
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
We, the undersigned, are writing to demand swift, comprehensive and effective action addressing the representation of rape and domestic violence on Facebook. Specifically, we call on you, Facebook, to take three actions: Recognize speech that trivializes or glorifies violence against girls and women as hate speech and make a commitment that you will not tolerate this content. Effectively train moderators to recognize and remove gender-based hate speech. Effectively train moderators to understand how online harassment differently affects women and men, in part due to the real-world pandemic of violence against women. To this end, we are calling on Facebook users to contact advertisers whose ads on Facebook appear next to content that targets women for violence, to ask these companies to withdraw from advertising on Facebook until you take the above actions to ban gender-based hate speech on your site. Specifically, we are referring to groups, pages and images th ...
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Nina Burleigh: Time to Talk About Misogynist Bullying
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
If you see something, say something. That paranoid punch line of a public service campaign has worked: nobody looks the same way at a stray backpack on the subway, and we just might call the cops. Sadly, the same adage doesn't apply to young American men and women watching guys strip and violate a drunken (or sober) female. By now, we've all absorbed the main lesson of Steubenville: the dehumanization of the female is so pervasive that young people will stand by and not just watch rape, but laugh at it, video it, tweet it, post it to Facebook, and try to cover their tracks when police investigate. And yet, in just the last month, two more horrific events of the same type have hit the headlines. In Torrington, Conn., townspeople are supporting high school football jocks accused of statutory rape. And up in Canada, a high school girl committed suicide after her gang rape was videotaped. Researchers believe group sexual assaults are on the rise, especially among young ...
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Jackson Katz: Newtown and Old Analysis at The New York Times
Huffington Post - about 4 years
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 hard to avoid how de-gendered the coverage in mainstream media has been. Despite the glaring fact that 61 of the past 62 rampage killings were committed by men, mainstream media outlets continue to marginalize and outright ignore critical questions about masculinity and instead focus on the more conventional topics of mental illness and guns. This striking avoidance of gender raises some basic questions about what passes for analysis in mainstream media. If the "people" who commit these horrific acts of killing tend to be socially isolated, filled with rage and suffering from some form of mental illness, why are the overwhelming majority of them men, and nearly three-quarters of them white? Don't w ...
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Soraya Chemaly: 50 Facts About Domestic Violence
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Sunday was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the launch of this year's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. In the time it takes me to write this paragraph, 26 people -- given our statistics probably all women -- will be assaulted by an intimate partner in the U.S. In the roughly 48 hours between my writing and posting, at least six women in the US and hundreds if not thousands around the world will be killed by violent spouses. So, what does it mean that Republicans in Congress have degraded and continue to hold up passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the first time since 1994? According to an exhaustively comprehensive study, the U.S. is squarely in the middle of the global pack as far as the physical safety of women is concerned, and a large part of the reason why is our high rates of intimate partner and domestic violence. And, yes, I am putting our country in the same area of comparison as the rest of th ...
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Soraya Chemaly: 50 Actual Facts About Rape
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
Remember facts? Remember facts about rape? Because it turns out that a whole lot of people know less than nothing about the subject. Indeed what they think they know is a whole lot of something that is wrong and dangerous to our heath, safety and well-being. Republican Representative Richard Mourdock's recent "misspeaking" is unexceptional. Despite what he may have meant when he said "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that... is something God intended to happen," he is unexceptional. He's not an outlier. Not a radical. In no substantive way different from his conservative peers in this regard (see below if you disagree). Indeed, he and others, like Todd Akin and Paul Ryan, are part of an age-old tradition of men with power defining when women are raped. And others who enable them to do it for their own gain. But, they are not just the Republican party's legislative norm, they are a fair reflection of our cultural tolerance, one without party affi ...
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Cindy Waitt: Who Did You Bully Today?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I'll start. I gossiped about someone, and while that might not rate up there with threatening to smack someone across the face or actually doing it, bullying starts with words and moves its way up the pyramid of violence. That's how bullying works. As executive producer and an early supporter, through Waitt Institute of Violence Prevention, of Bully, I was thrilled at the astounding reception and attention that Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen's beautiful and disturbing film received. It's long past time for this country to recognize the insidious and continual threat to millions of kids in school buildings, buses, and hallways across America. The film clearly became a tipping point in the anti-bullying movement, and that's a good thing. Bullying is an almost universal concern; that's why it resonates. But... there's more for us to think about. Hopping onto the anti-bullying bandwagon is also a good thing, but as you do, consider the role we adults play every day in the liv ...
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Framingham State to host filmmaker Jackson Katz next week
Boston Globe - over 4 years
Framingham State will host author, educator, and filmmaker Dr. Jackson Katz for a lecture titled “Men, Women, Sex and Violence” on Oct 23, part of the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series.
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    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 55
    Man Enough?: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity Paperback – Mar 15 2016
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 48
    In 2009, after an alleged gang rape in Richmond, California where two dozen teenagers watched and did nothing, Newsweek online reported that, "a small but growing group of educators is trying to bring what's called 'bystander education' to American schools.
    More Details Hide Details While sexual violence prevention programs have typically focused on the victim (discouraging women from walking alone at night, for example) or the perpetrator (reiterating the fact that no means no), the bystander approach emphasizes the role witnesses can play in either supporting or challenging violence."
  • 2008
    Age 47
    Katz also comments on implications for female candidates. He writes, "One of 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin's most-quoted lines on the campaign trail in the fall of 2008 was 'The heels are on, the gloves are off,' which she typically delivered to wild cheers of approval.
    More Details Hide Details In coming years, when this historic campaign and those yet to come are analyzed, it will be particularly interesting to see how female and male voters respond to language where a woman throws the 'knockout punch.' Does this masculinize and thus help to make them more credible as potential commanders-in-chief? Or do women who are seen as 'too-aggressive' – even if only in a metaphorical sense – turn voters off? What are the differences between how the sexes view a woman 'throwing punches' if she's a conservative (like Palin) or a liberal feminist (like Hillary Clinton?)." Katz is the creator of educational videos for high school and college students produced and distributed through the Media Education Foundation: He is also featured in such documentaries as Byron Hurt's Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (2007), Thomas Keith's Generation M: Misogyny in Media & Culture (2008), and Jennifer Siebel Newsom's Miss Representation (2011).
    In an article about the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton race for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, Katz responded to pundits and other political observers who decried the media focus on race and gender when other crucial issues loomed. "Presidential elections are always about race and gender.
    More Details Hide Details The reason people are talking about them now is that a black man and a (white) woman are serious contenders for a major party nomination. Their success is making visible what historically has been hidden in plain sight." "Campaigns for the U.S. presidency in the era of mass media," he wrote, "always turn on the personality and style of candidates, their skills at televisual performance, their race and gender, and how all of these interact with questions of national identity at a given historical moment. The biggest difference this time is that the Democratic nominee will not embody and hence reinforce the dominant position of white masculinity in the race/gender system." Katz further maintained that, "Presidential contests until now have been contests between men. Men were the gender that mattered. No matter how qualified by intelligence, leadership ability or experience, women were not seriously considered for the top job in government, and everyone knew it. Their gender prevented people from seeing them as 'presidential.' If there is one thing that truly represents 'change' in this historic election season it is the change in what it means to appear 'presidential.' In the past, whether a candidate was a Republican or Democrat, conservative, centrist or liberal, their race and gender were predetermined. They were inevitably – and invariably – white and a man.”
  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 32
    Katz and his colleagues developed one of the first bystander initiatives, the mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, in 1993 at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. “Most people think they only have two choices for intervention,” says Katz. “One is to intervene physically right at the point of attack, and the other is to do nothing.
    More Details Hide Details And that’s a false set of choices.” As part of the MVP program, students sit in a classroom and talk about the menu of options—from getting a group of friends together to calling 911—available to them. At the heart of the program is a set of scenarios that allow students to imagine what they might do in a variety of situations. Each scenario comes with a list of viable interventions for bystanders. According to Newsweek, research is still needed to determine the effectiveness of bystander-awareness programs in schools, but the initial results are promising. One study found that after the Sioux City School District in Iowa implemented the MVP program, the number of freshman boys who said they could help prevent violence against women and girls increased by 50 percent. The bystander programs that have proliferated in recent years on college and high school campuses and in the U.S. military involve both sexes and draw from various violence prevention theories and educational practices. The MVP model was influenced by basic tenets of social justice education. This approach is partly based on the premise that men’s silence in the face of other men’s abusive or violent behavior gives "implicit consent" to such behavior.
    Katz co-founded Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) in 1993 at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society.
    More Details Hide Details MVP has been implemented by college athletic programs, professional teams (including the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox), NASCAR, and the United States Marine Corps. The related MVP Strategies 1997, distributes gender violence prevention training materials to U.S. school districts, municipalities, human service programs, corporations, law enforcement agencies, and military services. Katz has personally lectured at many such organizations as well, and has appeared on "Good Morning America," "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "ABC News 20/20." His consultative role ranges has ranged from the World Health Organization to The Liz Claiborne Company. In March 2000, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen appointed him to the U.S. Secretary of Defense's Task Force on Domestic Violence in the Military, where he served from 2000-2003. Katz currently is a paid consultant to the U.S. Air Force bystander intervention training and also acts as Director of the first global gender violence prevention program in the U.S. Marine Corps. Katz and his colleagues have also conducted trainings for the U.S. Army in Iraq, and MVP has been piloted around the world by the U.S. Navy.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 27
    From 1988 to 1998, Katz oversaw Real Men, a grass-roots organization against sexism in Boston.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Born on May 7, 1960.
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