John Stoltenberg

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John Stoltenberg
Born1944 (age 76–77)
California, United States
OccupationWriter
Known forRadical feminism, anti-pornography activism
Spouse(s)
(m. 1998; died 2005)

John Stoltenberg (born 1944)[1] is an American radical feminist activist, author, and magazine editor.[2] He is the former managing editor of AARP The Magazine, a bimonthly publication of the United States-based advocacy group AARP, a position he held from 2004 until 2012.

Stoltenberg was life partner to Andrea Dworkin for thirty-one years (eventually marrying), although he considers himself gay.[3] He is a lapsed Lutheran, of German and Norwegian descent.[4]

Career[edit]

Stoltenberg holds a degree in fine arts and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. He is well known as a radical feminist activist and author. He has written a series of books and articles criticizing traditional concepts of manhood or maleness, such as Refusing to Be a Man: Essays on Sex and Justice, Why I Stopped Trying to be a Real Man,[5] and The End of Manhood: A Book for Men of Conscience.[6]

Stoltenberg created "The Pose Workshop," which entailed men adopting the poses that women strike in pornographic shots (intended partly for men attending Christian retreats), a version of which was broadcast on BBC television.

He was Andrea Dworkin's life partner for thirty-one years. They began living together in 1974; in 1998 they married (see Andrea Dworkin's relationship with John Stoltenberg).

Stoltenberg is a founder of the group Men Can Stop Rape[7] and developed the group's 'My Strength' campaign[8] which aims to educate young men on sexual relationships, consent and rape. He also creative director of the group's "My Duty"[9] sexual-assault-prevention media campaign, which is licensed to the United States Department of Defense's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.[10]

Stoltenberg is credited with the quote: "Pornography tells lies about women. But pornography tells the truth about men."[11]

Stoltenberg has described how, as a feminist male, he has had to reevaluate and even discontinue relationships with some of his male friends.[12]

Stoltenberg currently serves as Communications Advisor[13] for DCMetroTheaterArts.com, where he publishes theatre reviews, interviews, and essays about live theatre in Washington, D.C.[14]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Stoltenberg, John (1978). Disarmament and masculinity: An outline guide and bibliography for studying the connection between sexual violence and war. Palo Alto, California: Frog in the Well. OCLC 6185444.
  • Stoltenberg, John (1989). Refusing to be a man: essays on sex and justice. Portland, Oregon: Breitenbush Books. ISBN 9780932576736. Reprinted as: Stoltenberg, John (2000). Refusing to be a man: essays on sex and justice. London & New York: UCL Press. ISBN 9781841420417. Pdf.
  • Stoltenberg, John (1994). The end of manhood: a book for men of conscience (1st ed.). New York, New York, U.S.A: Plume. ISBN 9780452273047.
  • Stoltenberg, John (1994). What makes pornography "sexy". Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions. ISBN 9781571312013.
  • Stoltenberg, John (1998). The end of manhood: a book for men of conscience (2nd ed.). Bridgewater, New Jersey: Replica Books. ISBN 9780735100404. Revised edition printed as: Stoltenberg, John (2000). The end of manhood: parables on sex and selfhood. London Bristol, Pennsylvania: UCL Press. ISBN 9781857283259.
  • Stoltenberg, John (2013). Gonerz. ISBN 978-1481986472.

Blogs[edit]

Chapters in books[edit]

Reprinted as Stoltenberg, John (2005), "Making rape an election issue", in Buchwald, Emilie; Fletcher, Pamela R.; Roth, Martha (eds.), Transforming a rape culture (2nd ed.), Minneapolis, Minnesota: Milkweed Editions, ISBN 9781571312693.

Reviews[edit]

Journal articles[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stoltenberg, John". Library of Congress. Retrieved 1 August 2014. CIP t.p. (John Stoltenberg) pref. (formerly a playwright) data sheet (b. ca. 1944)
  2. ^ Stoltenberg, John (2000). The end of manhood: parables on sex and selfhood. London Bristol, Pennsylvania: UCL Press. p. 313. ISBN 9781857283259.
  3. ^ Stoltenberg, John (May–June 1994). "Living with Andrea Dworkin". Lambda Book Report. No Status Quo | American Civil Liberties Union reprint.
  4. ^ "'The Imperative to Reconcile': A Conversation with Ari Roth by John Stoltenberg". DCMetroTheaterArts. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  5. ^ Stoltenberg, John. "Why I stopped trying to be a real man". Feminista. Archived from the original on April 2, 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  6. ^ Stoltenberg, John (1994). The end of manhood: a book for men of conscience (1st ed.). New York, New York, U.S.A: Plume. ISBN 9780452273047.
  7. ^ "Home page". Men can stop rape. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Home page". Mystrength.org. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Hurts one. Affects all". Myduty.mil. Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Home page". Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO). United States Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 2006-04-19. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  11. ^ Stoltenberg, John (2000), "The forbidden language of sex", in Stoltenberg, John (ed.), Refusing to be a man essays on sex and justice, UCL Press, ISBN 9781841420417
  12. ^ Larson, Elizabeth. "A magazine of feminist, progressive thinking | Kudos & Awards | Utne reader". On the Issues Magazine. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Our Staff". DC Metro Theater Arts. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  14. ^ "John Stoltenberg, Author at DC Metro Theater Arts". DC Metro Theater Arts. Retrieved 2019-03-09.

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