What We Do
The Good Lad Workshop is an Oxford-based effort to empower men to deal with complex gender situations and become agents of positive change within their social circles. We run workshops throughout term time for groups of men within the university, such as sports teams, drinking societies, clubs and JCR/MCR members.
Our workshops focus on issues relating to consent, masculinity, peer pressure, power and responsibility. Instead of casting men as potential perpetrators who just have to learn to obey the law, we promote the idea of ‘positive masculinity.’ We challenge men to see not just obligations to avoid harming women, but opportunities to make a positive difference in women’s lives.
Workshops are an hour long. Their focus is a series of scenarios developed from real life situations. We believe the scenarios involve difficult issues where there are not necessarily clear answers and are, therefore, genuinely worthy of reflection. Ultimately, our aim is not to tell any man what to do, but to equip them with a powerful, alternative framework to analyse complex gender situations.
Who We Are
The Good Lad Workshop was founded in Oxford in January 2013 with the explicit goal of promoting positive masculinity amongst the male population of Oxford University for the benefit of men and women alike. The founding directors hold a wealth of experience in community engagement, spanning education, sport, young men’s social dynamics, and sexual harassment management. These expertise have been combined to produce an engaging and challenging workshop to be run with young men.
We work closely with the Oxford University Student Union ‘It Happens Here’ campaign; the Oxford University Sports Union; the Male and Female Blues Clubs; and the Saïd Business School.