men, masculinities and gender politics



Sex workers and violence against women


Laura Mª Agustín uncovers some of the myths around sex workers and the men engaging their services within the context of building a movement to end 'violence against women'. She argues that totalizing all experiences of prostitution with a view to punishment and criminalization does not work and advocates a much more visionary and pluralistic approach.

Objections to objectifications

Cameron Bustamante describes the beginnings of conversations among men about sexual violence.

Me(n) in the movement

Basil Elias invites men to participate in the anti-violence movement.

Men take a role in eliminating violence against women

Shravanti Reddy describes men's involvement in the White Ribbon Campaign and other struggles against violence.

Male victims of domestic violence: A substantive and methodological research review


This essay examines the claims of gender symmetry in domestic violence. Professor Kimmel examines all existing sources of data on domestic violence, and suggests why the rates of domestic violence appear so varied. He offers some ways to understand and reconcile these discordant data, so that we may acknowledge the male victims of domestic violence within the larger frameworks of male-female relationships that we observe in modern society.

Engaging men: Strategies and dilemmas in violence prevention education among men

Efforts to prevent violence against women will fail unless they undermine the cultural and collective supports for physical and sexual assault found among many men. Men are the overwhelmingly majority of the perpetrators of violence against women, a substantial minority of males accept violence-supportive attitudes and beliefs, and cultural constructions of masculinity shape men’s use of physical and sexual violence against women. Educational strategies which lessen such social supports for violence therefore are vital. This paper outlines recent Australian community education campaigns directed at men and the dilemmas with which they deal. It then identifies five key challenges in such work.

Healing body, mind and spirit – It’s about time we took a stand

Mick Dodson, Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre, calls for Aboriginal men to take a stand against domestic violence.

Taking action for a rape-free culture

Men Stopping Rape, 1996.

Men as victims of intimate violence


Marc Dubin responds to a series of articles addressing the alleged failure to recognize men as victims of intimate violence.

Booze, bravado and male honour make for a culture of violence


Australians this week have grieved over the death of cricketer David Hookes, assaulted outside a Melbourne pub. This tragedy should bring into relief the fact that violent assaults occur outside pubs and clubs around Australia every weekend. As long as a culture of aggression and male honour persists, violence will continue to happen, and men (and women) will be injured and killed.