men, masculinities and gender politics

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Michael Flood

Between Men and Masculinity: An assessment of the term “masculinity” in recent scholarship on men

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In this chapter, I argue first that the term “masculinity” is used in diverse and contradictory ways. I note three problems in these applications of “masculinity”: a slippage from norms concerning or discourses about men to the practices and relations of actual men, the reified representation of masculinity as a fixed character type, and difficulties in identifying multiple masculinities. Second, I argue that the designation “masculinity” and a related one, “hegemonic masculinity”, are employed to refer to cultural norms and ideals, powerful men and patriarchal authority, or both, and that such definitions are potentially at odds. Third, there are times when it is more useful to focus on men, men’s practices and relations. Finally, I acknowledge that neither category “masculinity” nor “men” can be taken as given, and I question the assumed link between masculinity and men.

Citation: Flood, M. “Between Men and Masculinity: An assessment of the term “masculinity” in recent scholarship on men.” Manning the Next Millennium: Studies in Masculinities. Ed. S. Pearce and V. Muller. Black Swan Press, 2002.

Playing by the rules isn't a game

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A sexist, violent culture exists in some sports, writes Michael Flood.

Originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 March 2004

Blokes behaving badly a symptom of a sexist sub-culture

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The men who make obscene phone calls or harass women aren’t all wearing team colours, says Michael Flood.

‘Tips for Good Sex’ workshop - Notes from a workshop aimed at young people aged 14 – 18

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These workshop notes include useful questions for discussion, brief writeups on elements of ‘good sex’, further reading, and a handout for young people on “Tips for Good Sex”. I have also included a lengthier discussion of working with boys and young men on ‘doing consent’, as I think this is a critical issue. The materials on consent easily could be turned into a workshop on their own, for boys and young men.

What men can do to stop sexism and male violence

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

Heterosex

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Yum, says Michael Flood.

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Movement in a straight line (Interview with Gary Dowsett, part 2)

The men's movement is a painful place for gay men, says academic Gary Dowsett. He doesn't want to hear about the problem of who does the washing up anymore, as he told Michael Flood.

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You show me yours (Interview with Gary Dowsett, part 1)

Why do we need a sexual identity? Is there a heterosexual community? How do we encourage safe sex if we don't validate straight men's sexuality? Writer and activist Gary Dowsett has some ideas. He is interviewed by Michael Flood.

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Straightjacket

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Men who question masculinity are often called "poofters". What's the connection between homophobia and masculinity, and where do gay men fit in to the men's movement? Michael Flood has some answers.

Homophobia and masculinities among young men (Lessons in becoming a straight man)

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A talk to teachers, in which Michael Flood discusses homophobia, sexism, and the links between homophobia and gender. Flood covers the consequences of homophobia in schools, and the obligation learning institutions have to create change.