Reaching out to the broader public, AMSA member Andrew Smiler has not only written articles for on-line publications such as the recent “Men Defining Masculinty: It’s Not About Sex,” but has authored a popular book Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male. Smiler is a therapist, teacher, author and evaluator.
In Challenging Casanova, Smiler debunks the myth that teenage boys and young men are barely able to control their sex drives, which may lead to destructive hyper-sexuality, unwanted pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. He argues that the majority of boys and men do not fit this stereotype and that boys’ sexual development is multi-faceted. He also shows how this shift in attitude could help create young men who are more mature, and have better relationships with partners and friends.
Smiler organized and led the applied workshop “Reaching Men Where They Live: Getting Guys to Talk About Masculinity” at AMSA’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Tacoma, Washington. To learn more about his work, click here.