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You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity

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

**Currently available for preorder through this page; books will by ship by 8/1/19.

Forthcoming: 9/3/19

$15.95 $11.96

What people are saying…

You Throw Like a Girl is one of the most important books ever written by a former elite male athlete. Don McPherson’s willingness to look inward and share his insights and experiences on and off the field represents an invaluable contribution to the growing literature about the ways in which limited definitions of ‘manhood’ cause immeasurable harm to women and men alike.”
—Jackson Katz, author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help

“Don McPherson has spent his adult life working to change the perception that girls and women are ‘less than men’ . . . Don is not afraid to discuss the tough issues related to masculinity and sexism. He challenges men to join the fight for gender equality by being ever-growing allies to women. This is a must read.”
—Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport

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


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Preorder You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity by clicking the “Add to Cart” button above. Copies will ship by August 1, 2019.

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

In You Throw Like a Girl, former Syracuse University quarterback and NFL veteran Don McPherson examines how the narrow definition of masculinity adversely impacts women and creates many “blind spots” that hinder the development of healthy men. Exploring the strict set of beliefs and behaviors that underpin our understanding of masculinity, he draws a path to the conclusion that we don’t raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women.

Using examples from his own life, including his storied football career, McPherson passionately argues that viewing violence against women as a “women’s issue” not just ignores men’s culpability but conflates the toxicity of men’s violence with masculinity. In You Throw Like a Girl, McPherson leads us beyond the blind spots and toward solutions, analyzing how we can engage men in a sustained dialogue, with a new set of terms that are inspirational 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

Author

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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