Obscenity-laced book swears by men’s health

Saanich Author uses blunt humour to target domestic violence

Saanich author and satirist Ryan Levis takes a bold approach to educate males on men’s health

New author Ryan Levis might be the most foul-mouthed lobbyist for mental health in Canada.

But the truth is, it’s a matter of strategy. Don’t be put off by the name of his new book due out Sept. 8, Dick Loss Prevention, Volume I: Make Sure Your Dick Doesn’t Fall Off Before You Die Drunk and Alone.

It’s best to meet your target audience word for word, he says.

Dick Loss Prevention uses language that is common to men who have not yet made the leap into health awareness,” Levis says. “The reason [it] uses a crude vernacular is because the messaging we see around domestic violence prevention has a fundamental vernacular rift between what is politically correct speech and the realistic language of violence.”

It should be noted that the Saanich-raised Shakespearian actor can switch from purple to proper prose in a heartbeat. His vocabulary is steeped from academia, and doesn’t just draw from the locker room.

The book, and the performance tour that goes with it, fall under the self-help genre, but are delivered with bold humour and crude satire. The goal is to encourage male emotional health and reduce domestic violence.

Levis is planning a performance tour of Canadian universities called Men’s Health Week to support the book. On Tuesday, he’ll host a table in UVic’s Student Union Building with his new Consent Score Card beer coasters designed to educate young adults on collaborative sexual consent.

He draws from his experience with the Victoria Shakespeare Festival, from stand-up comedy gigs, and from time spent in the mental health industry including working in suicide intervention.

As silly as it sounds, Dick Loss Prevention Volume 1 is actually the first step in a “master plan.”

Levis’ true intention is to create affordable housing through community co-operatives. When Levis (a Claremont secondary grad) finished at the University of Victoria in 2011 he won a national business award for his entrepreneurial models on co-operative housing.

If it sounds like there’s a link missing here, there isn’t, he explains. Co-operative housing is at a standstill as the 30-year federal subsidy agreements are currently expiring across the country. While there are campaigns underway to stabilize the future of co-operative housing in B.C. and Canada, Levis is taking another tack.

“I learned that co-operative housing will not work unless the market has been educated in conflict resolution.”

So Levis is determined to educate the market, which, he says, is largely made up of people who want to own but are pushed out by high prices. This includes young males who are all likely candidates to become the male figure in a family, or at least in a relationship.

“I want to help create communities that are economically collaborative,” Levis says. “The book focuses on how men can de-escalate their own dramas, use communication to alleviate their own discomfort and create a more self-accepting masculine culture, [thereby] leading to reduced levels of strife and a healthier male experience,” he says.

Levis successfully crowd funded more than $7,000 to fund his book and is already editing Volume II of the Dick Loss Prevention series.


Visit Dick Loss Prevention on Facebook for more information.



Just Posted

Why are these Saanich lots still sitting vacant?

Mayfair Lanes lot still empty, 12 years later

Washington State Ferries resumes Sidney serivce on April 1

Community planning its annual welcome ceremony

Victoria painter splashes some colour on a dreary situation

Six-week long James Bay construction project gives Teresa Waclawik an impromptu canvas

Tight WHL playoff series expected between Royals and Giants

Regular season record belies the closeness of the games: Royals coach Dan Price

Oak Bay loses longtime volunteer

Bob Carter died March 18 at the age of 90

Student learns the ropes at Oak Bay fire in hands-on experience

Local department crafts four-day work experience program for Reynolds student

Saanich softens stance on police budget

Saanich Monday reversed an earlier decision that would have slowed down the… Continue reading

B.C.-pioneered wood construction on a roll internationally

Washington state considers mandatory engineered wood for public buildings

Cops say gun-toting robbers used fake police lights to pull over victims

Information wanted on North Shuswap robbery, police impersonation, burnt vehicle, motorhome theft.

Braves take Game 1 in triple overtime

Braves lead VIJHL final 1-0 over Storm

B.C. emergency alert system being tested Wednesday

Alarm tone and message will play on TV and radio

Texas bombing suspect blows himself up as SWAT moves in

The suspect in a spate of bombing attacks that have terrorized Austin over the past month blew himself up with an explosive device as authorities closed in

BCHL Today: Surrey Eagles and Powell River Kings close to advancing

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

VSO to perform ‘Star Wars’ music while 1977 movie plays on big screen

Three shows for the classic at iconic Orpheum Theatre this summer

Most Read