A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
am pleased to announce the publication of my new book, entitled
The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help
By Jackson Katz (Sourcebooks, April 18, 2006)
April 18, 2006 is the official
The book is now available in bookstores and on Amazon.com. (If
it is not in your local bookstore, please ask them to order it,
and urge them to display it where people can see it, such as a front
For more information about The Macho Paradox, go to www.themachoparadox.com.
It is important that people buy the book as soon as possible, because
competition for space in bookstores is fierce, and if enough people
buy the book early, the chain booksellers will see that there is
a market for this subject matter – and they will then give
the book more visibility, which makes it easier to sell.
Some brief background: it was quite a struggle for me to get this
book published in the first place. It took five years from conception
to publication. At the start of this process I heard over and over
again from literary agents and publishers that violence against
women was an important subject, and that a book by a man on this
topic was cutting-edge. But most people in the mainstream publishing
world felt there was no market for such a book. Thankfully, I was
able to find one publisher, Sourcebooks, who was willing to take
Now that the book is out, we have the opportunity to prove wrong
the conventional wisdom in publishing. Those of us who work in the
gender violence field know there are millions of people in this
society – women and men – who are deeply concerned about
the social problems of sexual and domestic violence, sexual harassment,
street harassment, the sexual abuse of children, and related phenomena,
and who want to learn not only why they are such big problems –
but what they can do about them.
As you might have already inferred, my book is not merely a catalog
of horrors. You can simply turn on the news – or cable tv
– if you want confirmation of how ubiquitous these problems
are in the first decade of the 21st century.
The Macho Paradox approaches its controversial subject matter from
a refreshingly new angle, which reflects a growing trend within
the field of gender violence prevention. I argue that violence against
women is a MEN’S ISSUE. Furthermore, my focus is not on batterers
and rapists, but on men who consider themselves “good guys”
and who often argue that “this is not my issue.” I shine
a particular spotlight on aspects of “male culture”
that, intentionally or not, contribute to sexual and domestic violence:
I devote chapters to the sports culture, language, “race and
culture,” education, parenting, the role of bystanders, pornography,
prostitution and stripping (and how these “industries”
impact heterosexual men’s sexuality and attitudes toward women).
I discuss my and my colleagues’ ongoing work around the world
with the Marine Corps, as well as with high school, college and
professional athletes, college fraternity members, and many other
groups and individuals. I also discuss hot-button pop cultural topics
such as the popularity of Eminem and Howard Stern, the Kobe Bryant
rape case, Rush Limbaugh’s dismissals of the Abu Ghraib sexual
abuse/torture scandal, and much, much more.
The target audience is two-fold:
1.) Men who are not comfortable with the sexist attitudes and behaviors
of some of their peers, who do not want to be part of a system that
hurts women, but who have not yet quite figured out what they can
do about this enormous problem.
2.) Women who want to better understand male culture – and
the pressures on individual men to conform to sexist social norms.
I try to bring in as many women’s voices as possible, including
survivors’ stories. And of course I highlight men’s
growing contributions to gender violence prevention -- nationally
and internationally. My book contains elements of social history,
as I try to introduce anti-sexist “men’s work”
to a “mainstream” audience. It also contains elements
of memoir, as I use autobiographical anecdotes to illustrate key
If you like The Macho Paradox and agree with my premise that as
many people as possible need to be drawn into a conversation about
men’s role in ending men’s violence against women, here
are some ways you can help:
1.) Forward this message as widely as possible, to friends, family
members, fellow students, and colleagues whom you think might be
2.) Buy the book for a man whom you think would benefit from reading
it – a friend, brother, boyfriend, husband, son, or colleague.
3.) Buy the book for a woman whom you think would benefit from
reading it – a friend, sister, girlfriend, wife, daughter,
4.) Urge anyone you know who runs an organization with a lot of
male employees to purchase copies of The Macho Paradox at bulk discount
rates from the publisher (www.sourcebooks.com)
and distribute them free of charge to these men (and women).
5.) Forward information about the book to members of the media
in your local area who have covered issues of sexual and domestic
violence. This includes columnists in local newspapers and newsletters,
who will find in The Macho Paradox a wealth of topics around which
to write a column. Suggest interviews with the author (me) on television
and radio news and talk programs. (Go to www.jacksonkatz.com for
more information about my work and credentials.)
6. Write a brief review and post it on list serves that you subscribe
to, or pass information about the book – including provocative
excerpts -- onto friends or others who have popular blogs.
Thank you so much.