men, masculinities and gender politics



The unkindest cut: Circumcision


Circumcision is a violation of a boy's right to an intact body, and without medical or moral justification says John Shanahan.

Young male suicide: reversing the trend


Matt Stewart posits some strategies to address Australia's disturbing record in this area.

Men's health and men's rights


A right to good health? Men's health or men's rights? Ben Wadham talks about the focus on men's health rights in the emerging men's health discourse.

Men's health and ethics (1995)


Issues of justice and accountability are central to the development of men's health policy and practice. Steve Golding puts men's health into context and calls for partnership with women's health, spelling out the key features for men's health policy.

Note that a PDF version of the article is available below.

Friends with your testicles? Men's health and men's power


Men's health problems are not to do with being powerless or being discriminated against. Murray Couch uses the Proudfoot case to show that the real problem in men's health is men's power and masculinity.

Please see below for the attachment, in PDF. First printed in XY, 3(1), Autumn 1993.

Desire beyond - A review of Breaking the barriers to desire: Polyamory, polyfidelity and non-monogamy -- New approaches to multiple relationships

Breaking the barriers to desire: Polyamory, polyfidelity and non-monogamy - new approaches to multiple relationships

Edited by Kevin Lano and Claire Parry

Five Leaves Publications, 1995.

Manual Handling: Chapters in Change - A review of The Manual: The Complete Man's Guide to Life


Move over Manhood, a new introductory reading about men, masculinity and the plethora of issues facing men has arrived.

Questioning manhood - A review of Steve Biddulph's book Manhood

Australian author Stephen Biddulph has written a best-selling book about men but Gerry Orkin believes that Manhood misses the mark.

Warriors or what?


Kim and Maarten discover the heroes in themselves and each other, over a cup of tea.

Bringing men into the light? Women's Studies and the 'problem' of men

Men can be a ‘problem’ for women’s studies in at least three ways: as objects of feminist scholarship, as students of feminist scholarship, and as agents of this scholarship. First, studying men is an established and desirable aspect of feminist research. But to what extent does the emergent literature on men and masculinities extend or undermine the insights of feminist theory? Second, what issues does male students’ participation in Women’s Studies classes raise for feminist pedagogy? Third, can men themselves produce and teach feminist theory? While “Men’s Studies” has failed to engage with the complexities of feminism, I argue that men can develop pro-feminist or anti-patriarchal knowledges. I explore these issues with reference to my qualitative research on young heterosexual men’s understandings and practices of safe and unsafe sex, and my experience as a student and teacher in Women’s Studies.