men, masculinities and gender politics



What men can do to stop sexism and male violence

A collection of lists and guides. Please see below for the attachment, in Word.

Manufacturing Consent - Is it rape?


How do you know when your partner has consented to sex? Do you ask, or do you assume they’ve consented if they don’t say anything? Do you watch for body language? Do you try to “make them relax” if it seems like they’re not consenting? Rather than seeking consent, you may be attempting to “manufacture” it.

Just a few days ago, I was attacked

Basil tells of being queer-bashed, and his learning to heal.

What Straight Men Could Learn From Gay Men - A Queer Kind of Masculinity?


Peter Tatchell says gay men show that being a man doesn't have to involve machismo.

Between The Sheets With My Readers


Richard Newman offers reflections on sex and bodies, intimacy and abuse.

Fact Sheet #1: The myth of false accusations of child abuse

March 2005

Myth: Women routinely make false accusations of child abuse or domestic violence to gain advantage in family law proceedings and to arbitrarily deny their ex-partners’ access to the children.

Facts: Allegations of child abuse are rare. False allegations are rare; False allegations are made by fathers and mothers at equal rates; The child abuse often takes place in families where there is also domestic violence; Allegations of child abuse rarely result in the denial of parental contact.

Fact Sheet #3: How the fathers’ rights movement undermines the protections available to victims of violence and protects the perpetrators of violence

August 2005

Fathers’ rights groups have attempted to: Wind back the legal protections available to victims of violence; Wind back the legal sanctions imposed on perpetrators of violence.

While fathers’ rights groups often claim to speak on behalf of male victims of domestic violence, these efforts undermine the policies and services that would protect and gain justice for these same men.

Fathers’ rights advocates also: Make excuses for perpetrators; Act as direct advocates for perpetrators or alleged perpetrators of violence against women; Use abusive strategies themselves; Work to undermine and harass the services and institutions that work with the victims and survivors of violence.

Fathers' Rights and Family Law

The fathers’ rights movement is defined by the claim that fathers are deprived of their ‘rights’ and subjected to systematic discrimination as men and fathers, in a system biased towards women and dominated by feminists. Michael Flood provides a critical assessment of the impact of fathers' rights groups on family law and their claims regarding violence.

Myths about custody and domestic violence

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

Non-Violent Men Have Nothing To Fear


Recently, Phyllis Schlafly authored a public opinion piece on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that did a great disservice to over two decades of domestic violence prevention work.