About Hugo Schwyzer

Hugo Schwyzer has taught history and gender studies at Pasadena City College since 1993, where he developed the college's first courses on Men and Masculinity and Beauty and Body Image. He serves as co-director of the Perfectly Unperfected Project, a campaign to transform young people's attitudes around body image and fashion. Hugo lives with his wife, daughter, and six chinchillas in Los Angeles. Hugo blogs at his website

How Does a Caring Father Respond When a TSA Agent Tells His Daughter to ‘Cover Up’?

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Hugo Schwyzer believes we can all learn something from Mark Frauenfelder, who stood up for his daughter after being shamed for what she was wearing.

I’m a Dad and I Don’t Want the Government to Force My Daughter to Talk to Me About Contraception [OpEd]

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Hugo Schwyzer, father of a daughter and a son, supports unfettered access to emergency contraception like Plan B.

On Sex, Rape, Addiction and Adam From ‘Girls’

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In this guest post, Hugo Schwyzer weighs in on the most controversial episode of Lena Dunham’s “Girls” ever.

Men’s Goodness Hinges on Hearing Women’s Voices: A Response to Tom Matlack

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Hugo Schwyzer sees a world where men can be better, happier and different by including women’s voices in the telling of stories about men.

Words Are Not Fists: What the Twitter Blow-Up Tells Us About Men, Women, and Anger

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“One of [the] childish things adult men must put away is the need to deflect, belittle, or exaggerate women’s anger.”

Serious Discussion is Not “Wrath of Feminists”

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Hugo Schwyzer responds to a Twitter debate.

In Rape Culture, All Men Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent


Why do good men have to pay for other men’s bad behavior? Hugo Schwyzer explains the answer he learned in his first Women’s Studies class.

New CDC Study on Sexual Assault: Preteen Boys and Adolescent Girls are Most at Risk

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Striking results as to the prevalence of sexual violence for both males and females.

Men Need to Mentor Women Too


Men in positions of power need to overcome their fears, Hugo Schwyzer writes, and start making themselves available to members of the opposite sex.

It’s Not the End of Men, and We Still Have Work to Do

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Men and women should celebrate where we are, Hugo Schwyzer writes, but we still need to keep moving forward.

Why ‘Losing It’ Is Sometimes the Best Term for First Sex


Despite the negative connotations, Hugo Schwyzer writes, using the term “losing your virginity” actually makes a lot of sense.

Michael Kimmel on my Attraction to Lesbians

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Hugo Schwyzer agrees that the “possibility of equality” is indeed erotic.

I Married a Lesbian


Hugo Schwyzer tries to discern why even after several failed relationships with lesbians or lesbian types, his heart still flutters around short hair and strong jaws.

Saved From Sexual Relapse


Sometimes a sexually promiscuous, unfaithful, bisexual woman is just what you need.

Are Women Hardwired to Compete With Their Mothers-in-Law?

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Hugo Schwyzer looks at the role men play in the dynamic between daughter-in-law’s and mother-in-law’s.

You’re Not Your Daughter’s Handsome Prince


Hugo Schwyzer explains how a dad who relies solely on emotional validation from his daughter (instead of his wife) might be causing unforeseen harm.