men, masculinities and gender politics



No Rocking the Boat when it comes to cinematic representation

I love a good pun-based title. The other night I watched The Boat That Rocked - a 2009 film by Richard Curtis of Love Actually fame. Wikipedia Tells me that it will be Called "Pirate Radio" in the US & have a November release date. It is a comedy about a Pirate Radio based offshore on a boat, in '60s Britain - hence the title(s). This film is nostalgia.

Why Masculinity?


Note: The posts that appear here also appear in their original context at my blog Critical Masculinities - and as I've just started posting here, for a little while I'll be reposting older entries from Critical Masculinities, until the content catches up. 

XY now on Twitter and Facebook

I'm thrilled to report that XY is extending its presence through Twitter and Facebook.

I had a lovely meeting last week with two people who've volunteered to put some time into setting these up, Emily Maguire and Felix Scholz. It's such a pleasure to meet total strangers with a passion for these issues.

There's now a Twitter page for XY, here. And XY has a Facebook page too, here. So please sign up.

Best wishes,

michael flood.

Where do you find positive models of changing men? In the complex lives of older men.


In all those men’s groups that I was a part of in the 1980s and 1990s in the U.K. there was one question that kept on rearing its head :
‘Where are the positive models of changing men that can help us in our present struggles?’

Silencing and othering older men

I’m a pensioner activist living in the U.K., still very much engaged in struggles around personal and political change in the men and masculinities field. I’m also wanting to play a part in challenging and changing the ageism that I find in gender politics.

Welcome to the new XY

Welcome to XY. I'm thrilled to report that the redesign of the site finally is complete. We have rebuilt the site from the ground up. And we've made a series of changes. We have: