men, masculinities and gender politics


Fathers' rights - An XY collection of critiques

This XY special collection brings together a range of critiques of 'fathers' rights' groups - anti-feminist men's groups focused on issues of family law, fathering, and other areas. Such groups overlap with 'men's rights' groups. Flood's chapter "What's wrong with fathers' rights?" provides a short introduction, while other other pieces provide more detailed commentary. See the end of this page for the pieces, in PDF. The collection includes the following pieces:

  • Boyd, Susan B. (2004). Demonizing Mothers: Fathers’ Rights Discourses in Child Custody Law Reform Processes. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 6(1): 52-74.
  • Collier, Richard. (2005). Fathers 4 Justice, law and the new politics of fatherhood. Child and Family Law Quarterly, Volume 17, Number 4, October, pp. 511-533.
  • Crowley, Jocelyn Elise. (2006). Organizational Responses to the Fatherhood Crisis: The Case of Fathers’ Rights Groups in the United States. Marriage and Family Review, 39(1/2): 99-120; Reprinted in Families and Social Policy: National and International Perspectives, Eds. Linda Haas and Steven K. Wisensale. New York: Haworth Press.
  • Davis, Wendy. (2004). Gender Bias, Fathers’ Rights, Domestic Violence and the Family Court. Butterworths Family Law Journal, December: 299-312.
  • Dragiewicz, Molly. (2008). Patriarchy Reasserted: Fathers’ Rights and Anti-VAWA Activism. Feminist Criminology, Volume 3 Number 2, April: 121-144.
  • Flood, Michael. (2004). Backlash: Angry men’s movements. In S. E. Rossi (Ed.), The battle and backlash rage on: Why feminism cannot be obsolete (pp. 261-278). Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris Press. [Copy available free from author]
  • Flood, Michael. (2007). What’s Wrong with Fathers’ Rights? In Men Speak Out: Views on gender, sex, and power. Ed. S. Tarrant. Routledge.
  • Flood, Michael. (2007) Fathers’ Rights. In The International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities. Ed. M. Flood, J.K. Gardiner, B. Pease, and K. Pringle. Taylor & Francis.
  • Flood, Michael. (2010). ‘Fathers’ Rights’ and the Defense of Paternal Authority in Australia. Violence Against Women, 16(3), 328-347.
  • Kaye, Miranda, and Julia Tolmie. (1998a). Fathers’ Rights Groups in Australia and Their Engagement With Issues of Family Law. Australian Journal of Family Law, 12(1), March, pp. 19-67.
  • Kaye, Miranda, and Julia Tolmie. (1998b). Discoursing Dads: The rhetorical devices of fathers’ rights groups. Melbourne University Law Review, 22, pp. 162-194.
  • Maddison, Sarah. (1999). Crossing Boundaries: Engaging with the men’s rights movement. Refractory Girl, No. 53, Spring, pp. 21-23.
  • Maddison, Sarah. (1999). Private Men, Public Anger: The men’s rights movement in Australia. Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 4(2), pp. 39-51.
  • Rosen, L. N., M. Dragiewicz, et al. (2009). Fathers’ Rights Groups: Demographic Correlates and Impact on Custody Policy. Violence Against Women, 15(5): 513-531.
Boyd, Demonizing mothers, ARM.pdf128.11 KB
Collier, Fathers 4 Justice.pdf209.02 KB
Crowley, On the cusp of a movement 08.pdf153.21 KB
Crowley, Organizational responses.pdf120.25 KB
Davis, Gender bias, fathers' rights.pdf1.04 MB
Dragiewicz, Patriarchy reasserted.pdf119.4 KB
Flood, Backlash - Angry men.pdf162.26 KB
Flood, 'Fathers' rights' and defence of paternal authority.pdf233.73 KB
Flood, Fathers' rights IEMM.pdf450.28 KB
Kaye, Discoursing dads.pdf2.31 MB
Kaye, Fathers rights groups.pdf228.41 KB
Laidler, Anti-Feminist Backlash and Gender-Relevant 08.pdf84.14 KB
Maddison, Crossing boundaries.pdf395.46 KB
Maddison, Private men, public.pdf473.6 KB
Mann, Men's Rights and Feminist Advocacy in Canadian 08.pdf361.92 KB
Rosen, Fathers' Rights Groups 09.pdf146.42 KB