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You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity


Former NFL quarterback McPherson examines the roots of masculinity gone awry and how it promotes violence against women.

Forthcoming: 9/3/19

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“[Don McPherson is a] quarterback for a wider community.”


The latest from Akashic’s Edge of Sports imprint, curated by Dave Zirin.

In You Throw Like a Girl, former Syracuse University star quarterback and NFL veteran Don McPherson examines the very narrow ways in which boys are taught to become men, almost invariably at the expense of women. Exploring 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.” In You Throw Like a Girl, McPherson 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.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Published: 9/3/19
  • IBSN: 9781617757051
  • e-IBSN: 9781617757860
  • Hardcover
  • IBSN: 9781617757792


DON MCPHERSON—an All-America quarterback at Syracuse University who went on to play professionally in the NFL and Canada—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. You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity is his latest work.

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