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Anti-Sexist Lecturer Jackson Katz Discusses Gender Violence


September 6, 2000

[ Jackson Katz Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- Jackson Katz, director of the United States Marine Corps gender violence prevention program, will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, at Gray Chapel on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus.

Katz, one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists in the 1980s and 1990s, will present a lecture entitled "More Than A Few Good Men." This program inspires men and women to confront one of the most serious problems facing college students at the turn of the century: men's violence against women. "More Than A Few Good Men" illustrates how the sports culture, comedy, advertising, and other media depictions of men, women, sex and violence contribute to pandemic levels of gender violence. Katz draws a connection between the campus culture of drinking and the incidence of sexual assault. Katz shows how homophobia prevents many men, and women, from dealing honestly with sexism.

Katz has spoken to players in the National Football League as well as coaches and front office staff. He has also trained thousands of Division I, II, and III college student-athletes in gender violence prevention. His material is also used by the NCAA.

Katz earned his master's degree at Harvard University with a concentration in the construction of violent masculinity in sports and media. He was the first man at UMass-Amherst to graduate with a minor in women's studies. He is the co-creator of the video Tough Guise: Media Images and the Crisis in Masculinity. He has appeared on ABC News 20/20, Good Morning America, and Montel Williams. He is the co-creator and former director of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. This program is the first large-scale attempt to enlist collegiate and professional athletes in the fight against rape and all forms of men's violence against women.