Former NFL player McPherson to present 'You Throw Like a Girl'

February 27, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For more than 27 years, College Football Hall of Fame member and former NFL player Don McPherson has used the power and appeal of sports to address complex social justice issues. McPherson will present "You Throw Like a Girl" at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, in Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center.

"You Throw Like a Girl" is directed primarily at men and focuses on language that sets a standard on the narrow expectations of masculinity while simultaneously establishing an understanding that girls and women are "less than" men. The presentation — sponsored by Penn State’s Center for Women Students and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center — focuses on nurturing positive language and understanding of masculine identity.

“Having an advocate like Don McPherson able to speak about the roles of masculinity and positive language is an important part of our work in fostering a safe environment for all people,” said Jennifer Pencek, programming coordinator of the Center for Women Students. “We hope students and the public take advantage of this great opportunity.”

As an athlete, McPherson was a unanimous All-American quarterback at Syracuse University and is a veteran of the NFL and Canadian Football League. As captain of the undefeated 1987 Syracuse football team, McPherson set 22 school records, led the nation in passing and won numerous awards. He was second in the Heisman Trophy voting.  

In 1995, McPherson turned his focus to the issue of men’s violence against women as director of Sport in Society’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program, taking over for the program’s founder, Jackson Katz. McPherson emerged as a national leader and advocate for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. He has reached more than 1 million people in his workshops and lectures.

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Last Updated February 27, 2015