men, masculinities and gender politics

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Michael Flood

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

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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.

Fathers' rights and violence against women

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. Fathers’ rights groups overlap with men’s rights groups and both represent an organised backlash to feminism. Fathers’ rights and men’s rights groups can be seen as the anti-feminist wing of the men’s movement, the network of men’s groups and organisations mobilised on gender issues.

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Book Review: The myth of male power: why men are the disposable sex, by Warren Farrell

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As men become increasingly aware of their experience as men, they are acknowledging the ways in which men are limited by the dominant construction of masculinity. But some men take this much further, claiming the status of victim and alleging that men's power is a myth. Warren Farrell is one such man.

Violence against women in Australia: Facts and figures (3 pp.)

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This 3-page handout provides an overview of key statistics on violence against women in Australia. Please see below for the attachment, in Word.

Online resources on men’s roles in stopping violence against women: A one-page handout

Here is a handy one-page handout on key resources. Please see below for the attachment, in Word.

Changing Men: Best practice in sexual violence education

Michael Flood reviews what works and doesn't work in violence prevention education with men, focusing on educational strategies which are face-to-face. See below for the attachment, in PDF.

Violence against women and men in Australia - What the Personal Safety Survey can and can't tell us about domestic violence

Drawing on the Personal Safety Survey (PSS), I address four points. First, PSS data suggest that rates of violence against women in Australia have declined. Second, the PSS shows that there are high rates of violence against males, and there is a striking contrast in women’s and men’s experiences of violence. Third, PSS data may be (mis)used to claim that one-quarter of the victims of domestic violence are men. Finally, I examine the limits of the PSS’s definitions and measurements of violence, and the constraints they impose on our claims about the extent of domestic violence against women and women’s versus men’s subjection to domestic violence.
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