What does it mean to be a man in today’s world? In this poignant and inspiring talk, Dr. Jocelyn Lehrer shows how harmful social ideas about masculinity contribute to diverse health and justice challenges for people of all genders. She shares her 12-year journey of building the Men’s Story Project, where men publicly share raw, personal stories that challenge norms and take a stand for healthy masculinity and gender equality. Jocelyn shares powerful moments from the Project, showing the impacts men can have when they share their stories that were just beneath the surface. She encourages all people to share their bold stories – to empower themselves, help others, and change the world. Jocelyn Lehrer, Sc.D. is Founder/Director of the Men’s Story Project and affiliated Senior Research Associate at the University of California-San Francisco Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. Lehrer’s work focuses on the prevention of gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS, and the promotion of healthy masculinities and gender equality. Her research has been published in leading journals including Men & Masculinities, Pediatrics, and Journal of Adolescent Health.
Her applied work includes serving as a consultant with MTV/VH1, UN Women, and San Francisco Women Against Rape, serving as a Senior Gender Advisor at the U.S Agency for International Development, and facilitating social support groups for LGBTQ youth who are living with HIV/AIDS. Her awards include the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, and her work has been highlighted on CNN, ABC, Fox, and other media. Lehrer holds a doctoral degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is Chilean-American and a native Spanish speaker. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx