men, masculinities and gender politics


Michael Flood

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


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.



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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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)


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.

Heterosexual men’s sexuality


This article offers an outline of the construction of heterosexual men’s sexuality, examining such issues as masculinity, identity, intimacy, consent and pleasure. It argues for the positive reconstruction of this sexuality, offering the HIV/AIDS epidemic as one possible site of such a project.

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.

Fact Sheet #1: The myth of false accusations of child abuse

March 2005

Myth: Women routinely make false accusations of child abuse or domestic violence to gain advantage in family law proceedings and to arbitrarily deny their ex-partners’ access to the children.

Facts: Allegations of child abuse are rare. False allegations are rare; False allegations are made by fathers and mothers at equal rates; The child abuse often takes place in families where there is also domestic violence; Allegations of child abuse rarely result in the denial of parental contact.