The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and and How All Men Can Help

A recent study tells us that between 16 to 25 percent of all American women-approximately one in every five-will be the victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.Intuitively, most Americans know what a statistics like this means: that "violence against women" is a social problem of epidemic proportions. However, what most Americans don't know-even among those involved with the issue-is that the real root of the problem is not being addressed. And if this continues, the epidemic will never change. According to Jackson Katz, author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help, gender violence is widely considered a "women's issue"; a simple, yet far-reaching misconception that makes most men-and most of society-either apathetic or powerless to stop it. The Macho Paradox is a wake-up call for all men, who Katz feels must take full responsibility to change the very culture that fosters and encourages abuse against women. The author seeks to reframe the national debate concerning abuse against women, and call for general awareness and action: for America to finally and rightfully make violence against women a "men's issue" as well.The book incorporates the voices and experiences of women and men who have confronted the problem of gender violence from all angles, specifically highlighting what works and what does not work in dealing with this issue. By working together as allies, Katz shows both men and women how they can end the abuse and mistreatment of women.