Peretz Publishes on Men's Roles as Change Agents in Confronting Violence Against Women

Written by Laura Paskin
January 13, 2015

Sociology Professor Tal Peretz published Some Men: Feminist Allies and the Movement to End Violence Against Women, with Michael Messner and Max Greenberg (Oxford University Press, 2015). Based on life history interviews with men and women anti-violence activists aged 22 to 70, the book examines how the men have worked with boys and other men to stop violence and change the definition of what it means to be a man.

Sexual violence on college campuses has received heightened awareness with the Obama administration's "It's On Us" campaign and the rash of Title IX suits against college campuses across the country. Some Men explores the promise of men's violence prevention work with boys and men in schools, college sports, fraternities, and the U.S. military.

“Many people are still surprised to hear about men getting involved in working for women's rights and safety, but this book shows how it's been the case for decades. We looked at three generational cohorts, starting with men who engaged with anti-violence work in the early 1970s and 80s and ending in the present,” Peretz said.  “Across different time periods, their stories illuminate men's varying paths--including men of different ethnic and class backgrounds--into anti-violence work.”

“People are excited to see men working to end sexism, but there are also challenges and problems that arise between gender-based groups,” he added.

Peretz, who received his PhD from the University of Southern California, focuses his scholarship on issues related to men, feminism, activism and social movements, and the intersection of gender, race, class, sexuality, religion, and age.

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