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PRAISE FOR THE MACHO PARADOX

"This profound and vitally important book illuminates the roots of male violence against women and makes it clear that men must get involved in stopping it…. Jackson Katz is a true revolutionary and a national treasure."
—JEAN KILBOURNE, AUTHOR OF CAN’T BUY MY LOVE: HOW ADVERTISING CHANGES THE WAY WE THINK AND FEEL

"Men need to read this book. Not only because it will make the world safer for women, but because it will free men to be their true selves."
—EVE ENSLER, AUTHOR OF THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

"An honest, intellectually rigorous and insightful work that challenges readers to truly engage in a political discourse that can change lives, communities and nations."
—ROSALIND WISEMAN, AUTHOR OF QUEEN BEES AND WANNABES

"Jackson Katz is an American hero! With integrity and courage, he has taken his message—that the epidemic of violence against women is a men’s issue—into athletic teams, the military and frat houses across the country. His book explains carefully and convincingly why—and how—men can become part of the solution, and work with women to build a world in which everyone is safer."
—MICHAEL KIMMEL, AUTHOR OF MANHOOD IN AMERICA, SPOKESPERSON, NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MEN AGAINST SEXISM (NOMAS)

"If only men would read Katz’s book, it could serve as a potent form of male consciousness-raising."
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"This book leaves no man behind when it comes to taking violence against women personally…. After reading this book you can see how important it is to be a standup guy and not a stand-by guy, no matter what race or culture you come from."
—ALFRED L. MCMICHAEL, 14TH SERGEANT MAJOR OF THE MARINE CORPS AND NOW SERVING AS THE SERGEANT MAJOR OF NATO

"A candid look at the cultural factors that lend themselves to tolerance of abuse and violence against women."
—BOOKLIST

"These pages will empower both men and women to end the scourge of male violence and abuse. Katz knows how to cut to the core of the issues, demonstrating undeniably that stopping the degradation of women should be every man’s priority."
—LUNDY BANCROFT, AUTHOR OF WHY DOES HE DO THAT?: INSIDE THE MINDS OF ANGRY AND CONTROLLING MEN
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REVIEWS

Publishers Weekly:

Katz is cofounder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program (MVP), and his focus is on prevention—his intended audience is not violent men who need help changing their ways, but all men, who, he says, have a role to play in preventing male violence against women. His basic assertion is that rape, battering, sexual abuse and harassment are so widespread that they must be viewed as a social problem rooted in our culture, not as the problem of troubled individuals. He urges men to directly confront the misogynistic attitudes and behavior of their peers. Some men may find Katz's advice occasionally baffling: he is full of directions about what not to do (such as paternalistic actions that deprive women of their autonomy). He wants to bring men into the larger discussion of pornography (which, he points out, has been dominated by women) and get them to look at its impact on themselves. Katz also presents eye-opening exercises and discussions from the MVP model that engender productive discussion among participants—usually high school or college students. If only men would read Katz's book, it could serve as a potent form of male consciousness-raising. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Katz, an antisexist male activist, repositions violence against women as a broader cultural issue, not just a women's issue. Arguing for a "far-reaching cultural revolution," Katz explores those aspects of American culture that promote violence against women, focusing separate chapters on pornography, prostitution, and other sex-related businesses as well as sexual violence in the military, the music industry, and athletics. He catalogs the troubling statistics regarding domestic violence, sexual harassment, and other acts of violence and hostility by men against women, but he is most powerful when detailing encounters with men and women speaking about their personal experiences. Based on his work with gender violence, the book also offers advice on how men can ally with women to curb violence and change those aspects of the "boys will be boys" attitude on male aggressiveness and masculinity that can lead to violence and abuse. This is a candid look at the cultural factors that lend themselves to tolerance of abuse and violence against women. —Vanessa Bush. Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved.
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ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-0401-2 ISBN-10: 1-4022-0401-9

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