Michael Messner is professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California.  His teaching and research centers on gender and sports, men and masculinities, and gender-based violence.  He is the author of several books, including It’s all for the kids:  Gender, families and youth sports (California, 2009), and King of the wild suburb:  A memoir of fathers, sons and guns (Plain View Press, 2011).  In 2011, the California Women’s Law Center honored him with its Pursuit of Justice Award, for his work in support of girls and women in sport; in 2012, the American Sociological Association gave him the Jessie Bernard Award, in recognition of contributions to the understanding of women’s lives.


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Max A. Greenberg is a lecturer in Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Boston University. His teaching and research focus on ender, youth, social policy and violence. His current book project draws on four years of ethnographic research in violence prevention programs across Los Angeles to explore how at-risk youth experience the social programs intended to change their lives.


Tal Peretz has engaged in and studied men’s anti-sexist and anti-violence activism for over a decade.  His Ph.D. in sociology and gender studies was awarded by the University of Southern California for a study of two groups of men that organize their gender justice work around their own other intersecting identities as African-American, Muslim, and gay/queer men.  He also contributes to the blog Mascuinities101.com, posting advice for men’s groups that endeavor to ally with women in working for gender justice.


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Tal Peretz (left), Michael Messner (center), Max Greenberg (right)

Tal Peretz (left), Michael Messner (center), Max Greenberg (right)

Why we wrote the book:

In Some Men, we examine how historical moments differently shaped the ways that three age cohorts of men viewed and attempted to stop sexual assault and domestic violence.

Follow the links below to read our brief reflections of our own moments of engagement with feminist anti-violence efforts: