Don McPherson, the one-time All-American quarterback at Syracuse and NFL player, is the author of Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity, a thought-provoking book thatexamines the very narrow ways in which boys are taught to become men, almost invariably at the expense of women.
In his new book, McPherson explores the strict set of behaviors and beliefs that underpin our understanding of masculinity. He arrives at the following question: if male privilege comes at the expense of women, is it truly privilege (and does it belong to men?), or is it more accurately defined as oppression?
Using examples from his own life, including his storied football career, McPherson passionately argues that we should no longer consider men’s violence against women as a “women’s issue” but a “men’s issue.” He analyzes how we can engage men in a sustained dialogue, with a new set of terms that are aspirational and more accurately representative of the emotional wholeness of men. McPherson was an All-America quarterback at Syracuse University who went on to play professionally in the NFL and Canada. He began his work on gender-based violence prevention at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. He has served on the boards of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the NCAA Sexual Assault Task Force, and the NCAA Board of Governors Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence. His educational programs and lectures have reached over one million people in more than three hundred colleges and communities throughout North America.