men, masculinities and gender politics

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Michael Flood

Book Review: The myth of male power: why men are the disposable sex, by Warren Farrell

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As men become increasingly aware of their experience as men, they are acknowledging the ways in which men are limited by the dominant construction of masculinity. But some men take this much further, claiming the status of victim and alleging that men's power is a myth. Warren Farrell is one such man.

Violence against women in Australia: Facts and figures (3 pp.)

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This 3-page handout provides an overview of key statistics on violence against women in Australia. Please see below for the attachment, in Word.

Online resources on men’s roles in stopping violence against women: A one-page handout

Here is a handy one-page handout on key resources. Please see below for the attachment, in Word.

Changing Men: Best practice in sexual violence education

Michael Flood reviews what works and doesn't work in violence prevention education with men, focusing on educational strategies which are face-to-face. See below for the attachment, in PDF.

Violence against women and men in Australia - What the Personal Safety Survey can and can't tell us about domestic violence

Drawing on the Personal Safety Survey (PSS), I address four points. First, PSS data suggest that rates of violence against women in Australia have declined. Second, the PSS shows that there are high rates of violence against males, and there is a striking contrast in women’s and men’s experiences of violence. Third, PSS data may be (mis)used to claim that one-quarter of the victims of domestic violence are men. Finally, I examine the limits of the PSS’s definitions and measurements of violence, and the constraints they impose on our claims about the extent of domestic violence against women and women’s versus men’s subjection to domestic violence.
See below for this article, in PDF.

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.

Men, Gender, and Development

Should men be included in programming and policy related to gender, and, if so, how can male inclusion be made most beneficial? Michael Flood provides an overview, in this piece published in the Development Bulletin, No. 64, March 2004. Please see the attachment below in PDF.

Boys, Young Men and Gender Equality

Michael Flood provides an overview, in this presentation to the Commission on the Status of Women in New York in 2005. Please see the attachment below, in PDF.

Mainstreaming Men in Gender Practice and Policy

Practical strategies for engaging men in gender programming and policy.

What men can do to stop sexism and male violence

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What can men do to stop sexism and men's violence against women? This is a collection of tips and guides, compiled by Michael Flood from a range of sources.