men, masculinities and gender politics



The hand that rocks the cradle

Public attitudes towards fathers have shifted, but has fathers’ behaviour shifted too? Michael Flood describes the obstacles to paternal involvement, and the potential dangers in the new emphasis on fatherhood.

The politics of fathers' rights activists

This paper examines the hate speech and extremism of fathers' rights groups. It scrutinises the behaviour and language of the two major father’s rights activists organisations, the Shared Parenting Council of Australia (SPCA), and the Fatherhood Foundation (FF), particularly in relation to issues of violence against women and children and how these intersect with the emergent contemporary discourse of “fatherlessness” assertion and role models for children.  The paper provides evidence that the internet based collectives affiliated to the two key fathers’ rights activists organisations incite virulent hatred of, and harmful action towards targeted women and their perceived supporters. This paper examines why these two key fathers' rights activist organisations are gaining such open access and encouragement to/from politicians when much of their agenda expresses high levels of hate and vitriol against women and why this is seemingly ignored in public discourse to the detriment of women’s and children’s safety.

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What’s Wrong With a Presumption of Joint Custody?

This excerpt from Michael Flood’s report discusses the problems with a rebuttable presumption of joint custody, and describes the broader context for these debates.

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Promoting the Positive Roles of Fathers


This excerpt from Michael Flood’s report describes five steps to involved fatherhood.

Separated fathers and the ‘fathers’ rights’ movement

While separated fathers often feel profound distress because of separation and loss of contact with children, the fathers' rights movement does little to help them heal. In fact, fathers' rights groups harm fathers' ongoing relationships with their children and fail to tackle the real obstacles to involved parenting.

Myths about custody and domestic violence

A short US account of common myths about domestic violence and custody and how to counter them.

Heather, Mez and Me


Stephen Macintosh managed to avoid bitterness and revenge getting in the way of a healthy divorce.

Chris and me


Stephen Macintosh reflects on sharing his life with his best mate.

And twelve years has seemed a day


John Westlund shares the delights and difficulties of being a single father.

For your own good


The author writes about fathering through power-sharing and learning through mistakes instead of discipline and punishment.