men, masculinities and gender politics



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.

Mobilising condom use among heterosexual men

Shifts in the sexual cultures of young heterosexual men and women represent both opportunities for and obstacles to safe sex.

Please see the attachment below, in PDF.

Loss and Love


Learning to offer sympathy rather than advice, to avoid dependency, to stop breaking hearts... You can learn a lot in relationships. Michael Flood tells all, in this 1995-96 article.

See below for the article, in PDF.

Love myself

Patrick Instone reflects on growing up with pornography.

Me? Wanking?

Masturbation: Michael Flood asks the questions.