Jackson Katz asks a very important question that gets at the root of why sexual abuse, rape and domestic abuse remain a problem: What's going on with men?

Why you should listen

Jackson Katz is an educator, author, filmmaker and cultural theorist who is a pioneer in the fields of gender violence prevention education and media literacy. He is co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), which enlists men in the struggle to prevent men’s violence against women. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, MVP has become a widely used sexual and domestic violence prevention initiative in college and professional athletics across North America. Katz and his MVP colleagues have also worked extensively with schools, youth sports associations and community organizations, as well as with all major branches of the U.S. military.

Katz is the creator of popular educational videos including Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity. He is the author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. He has also appeared in several documentaries, including Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes and MissRepresentation.

What others say

“After I watched this talk, my first thought was, 'If only every man, woman and teenager could see this video and hear this message.'” — Daily

Jackson Katz on the TED Blog

Quotes from Jackson Katz

[When we act] as if white people don't have some sort of racial identity … as if heterosexual people don't have a sexual orientation, as if men don't have a gender, [then] the dominant group is rarely challenged to even think about its dominance.
Jackson Katz
TEDxFiDiWomen • 901K views May 2013
Courageous, Inspiring
We need more men with the guts, with the courage, with the strength, with the moral integrity to break our complicit silence and challenge each other and stand with women and not against them.
Jackson Katz
TEDxFiDiWomen • 901K views May 2013
Courageous, Inspiring