Entries in Relationships & Marriage (52)


EMALE Issue 123 (June 2013)

In this month's issue:

"Keeping Passion Alive in Your Relationship" by Jed Diamond

Challenges to improving male health in NSW

the first cut is the deepest

new men’s sexual health training

a view on ADHD and boys

news briefs

  • The Boyfriend Trainer App
  • Men’s Health Week 2013
  • Why women live longer - not what you think
  • Global health policy 'undermining men's health'

Future events

  • 2013 National Men's Health Gathering
  • 2013 Institute of Group Leaders Conference

EMALE Issue 122 (May 2013)

In this month's issue:

What is a man? The Media have their say

Sexist Hyper-Masculine Adverts Make Men Aggressive

Women: hitting your man is not cute; it's abuse

men’s health services training programs

What Makes a Man a Man – New Male Mentoring Initiative

news briefs

  • Equal Marriage in New Zealand
  • Women more in denial about their weight and health
  • Alcohol fuelled aggression linked to abusive father-son relationships

future events

  • 2013 National Men’s Health Gathering October 22 - 25 2013 Brisbane Convention Centre
  • SAMSN - Survivors & Mates Support Network Group starting May 7 - June 25 Sydney

National Men’s Health Gathering 2013 (Brisbane)





The registration is now open for the National Men’s Health Gathering incorporating;

• 7th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Male Health Convention
• 10th National Men’s Health Conference
• The Men and Vulnerable Families Forum

The theme of the Gathering is ‘Blazing a Trail: to healthier men and communities’

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Book review of "The Good Men Project: Real Stories From the Frontline of Manhood" by K.C. Glover

David Gilmore in his expertly crafted study of masculinity, Manhood in the Making: Cultural Concepts of Masculinity (1992), points out that manhood is nearly ubiquitous in the cultures of the world. Very early on in his book, Gilmore introduces us to the Fox Indians, one of the aboriginal peoples of North America, whose word for manhood translates into English as “the Big Impossible.” Anyone involved in discussions of manhood would do well to remember this fact. With this in mind I undertook a reading of The Good Men Project, a collection of thirty-one essays written by “a broad range of men – rich, poor, black, white, gay, straight, urban, rural, famous, [and] ordinary” (from the back cover).

If anyone has had the displeasure of sitting through a gender studies course in contemporary academe, he may be familiar with a kind of class that is run as a sort of self-help group, where mostly young women trade stories of victimhood at the hands of the patriarchy amid rage and tears, while the two or three silent young men in class sweat profusely in their chairs. Luckily for us The Good Men Project is not like one of these classes. While a few of the stories delve into that weepy emotionalism, for the most part these essays have, as another reviewer put quite succinctly, “balls.” The men who wrote these essays are not trying to burden us with their problems or to saturate us with their emotions, but to give us snapshots from the stories of their lives, some of which are able to deliver a devastating emotional payload precisely because of their reserve and dignity. These stories break the great male silence and allow us to start our own analysis.

From New Male Studies: An International Journal - Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 78-81.

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Perceptions of Sex and Sexual Health among College Men: Implications of Maladaptive Habits in Physical and Social Relationship Formation. By Michael Rovito

Fear, vulnerability, stigma, and masculinity are important concepts to consider when promoting health among males. However, most health education efforts targeted towards males, particularly college-aged males, do not fully grasp the influence of these variables upon men to assist with them adopting healthier romantic and sexual relationships.

This discussion presents trends from a university-based seminar during the 2011-2012 academic year conducted with college students on maladaptive sexual habits, including promiscuity, subjective norms of sex and relationships, alcohol abuse, and inconsistent STD protection, as they pertain to physical and social relationships. Approximately 225 college-aged men and women attended the seminar. A particular emphasis was placed on perceived masculinity and gender roles within the social environment and how they influence physical and social relationship formation.

The seminar was a first step for future effectiveness testing of message-delivery systems in relationship and sexual health behavioral modification research among college men. This paper presents lessons learned from this exploratory approach in community health outreach efforts. We advocate that such seminars can be an efficient and effective way to raise awareness and promote wellness among male college students.

From New Male Studies: An International Journal - Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 46-57.

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