News Release

Santiago Canyon College Continues Domestic Violence Conversation with Author and Filmmaker Dr. Thomas Keith

How Bro Culture Contributes to Domestic Violence October 26 at 2 p.m.

(Orange, CA)—With the #MeToo campaign sweeping through social media and #WhyIStayed a perennial hashtag on Twitter, now more than ever the conversation about violence toward women needs to be addressed.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 32.9 percent of California women experience intimate partner physical violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetime and nationwide one in three women have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.

With October designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Santiago Canyon College is bringing domestic violence into the light and presenting a lecture on how our hyper-masculine culture contributes to the 15 domestic violence hotline calls happening every minute of each day. From 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, SCC will present, “How Bro Culture Contributes to Domestic Violence.”

A USA Today article in June 2017 ( defined “bro culture” as more than macho behaviors, but binge drinking, sexism, rape culture and other elements associated with hypermasculinity. The article, which pulled information from Brown University’s health promotion page said that “toxic masculinity – the belief that men must be hyper-masculine by being dominate, violent, liking sports, having sex, not showing emotion, being homophobic and the like – contributes to ways bro culture can become harmful to others.”

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Thomas Keith, a philosophy and gender studies professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and Claremont Graduate University. Keith wrote, directed and produced the bestselling Media Education Foundation films, Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture and The Bro Code: How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men. Both films are currently used in classrooms around the world. His latest film, The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change was released two years ago. Additionally, his book, Masculinities in Contemporary American Culture: An Intersectional Approach to the Complexities and Challenges of Male Identity, was released in August 2016.

Who: '''  Author, filmmaker and educator Dr. Thomas Keith

What: ''' How Bro Culture Contributes to Domestic Violence

When: ' Thursday, Oct. 26 2-3 p.m.

Where:  H-106, Santiago Canyon College, 8045 E Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869. Parking is available in Lot 7. Parking permits can be purchased for $2.

In spring 2017, Keith presented “The Bro Code” to the SCC community as part of the school’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week. The lecture continues the campus conversation regarding masculinity, gender violence, bro culture and working toward a gender-equitable future.

About Santiago Canyon College
Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves more than 17,000 credit and noncredit students each semester. In 2017, SCC was ranked #13 among the 50 Best Community Colleges in the U.S. by College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult—and senior—in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District. Visit to learn more.

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