men, masculinities and gender politics



Tired of hot sex?


Robert Jensen draws on radical lesbian feminism in developing a progressive sexual ethics.

Policing manhood: new theories about the social significance of homophobia


David Plummer offers new theories of homophobia which go beyond the definition of homophobia as simply fear or hatred of homosexuality.

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The quest for modern manhood: masculine stereotypes, peer culture and the social significance of homophobia


David Plummer examines boys' use of homophobic terms, their role in the dynamics of adolescent male peer groups, and their relationship to adult identity formation.

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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.

Lads in Latex? Why young heterosexual men don’t use condoms


Addressing heterosexual men's roles is critical in HIV prevention. New research documents the understanding which inform men's unsafe sex.

Broken Gaze


Brokeback Mountain is a movie about a lot of things. It is concerned with a vast range of intimate relationships: between men, husbands and wives, parents and children. It exposes the rapid social and cultural changes in America from the late 1960s through to the 1980s. It is also a story of loss, for the men involved and for the wives who must grieve death and desertion. But this is not a gay movie. The rush to rejoice in or to condemn Brokeback Mountain for its gayness misses the point: that people—men, in this case—are able to experience moments of intimacy without having to be gay or straight.

Boys, Sex, and Porn: New technologies and old dangers

Michael Flood examines boys’ and young men’s consumption of sexually explicit media. He argues that boys’ use particularly of internet pornography, combined with the wider pornographication of popular culture, is exacerbating violence-supportive social norms and intensifying some boys’ participation in sexual abuse. See the attachments below (in PDF) for the text and Powerpoint of Michael's presentation.

Gay Patriarchy

Gay men didn't escape patriarchal male conditioning.