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Paternally grateful

Nikki Gemmell, The Weekend Australian Magazine

IS there a word for it? I can’t think of one. The label “maternal” is fenced off by women, exclusively, proudly; “paternal” – well, feminism has stained its meaning, it’s veered into something hegemonic, domineering, controlling, hardened, a word a lot of females flinch from by instinct. But how to describe what I see all […]

Divorce Hurts Children, Even Grown Ones

Jann Gumbiner, Ph.D., Psychology Today

 in The Teenage Mind – the internal experience of the young adult My parents’ divorce had lifelong effects on me and I am still feeling them.          In response to Mark Banschick’s September Psychology Today post, “The Intelligent Divorce,”  there is no such thing. Divorce is bad, plain and simple. I am a psychologist with an […]

Fly-in fly-out roster the ‘worst invention’ for families says Men’s Rights Agency

Daniel Hamilton, ABC

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/09/06/3311417.htm   An advocate for men’s rights has slammed the concept of fly-in fly-out working shifts claiming it can destroy the family unit.  Last week the Queensland state government said it would allow 20 per cent of the Bowen Basin mining work force to fly in and fly out at the beginning and end of […]

The myth of the tyrannical dad – BBC Magazine

BBC Magazine

 Fathers of yesteryear tend to be portrayed as cold, detached, even callous creatures. But, says Steve Humphries, the cuddly, hands-on, sentimental dads we know today are by no means a modern-day creation. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8744135.stm  Lily Barron (nee Jones), left, and family when her father was home on leave  Fathers of yesteryear tend to be portrayed as […]

A Family by any other name

Greg Callaghan, The Australian Magazine

Whether headed by singles, same-sex couples, step-parents or the nuclear duo model, the 21st century family’s sheer diversity may prove to be its strength. Wake up to the new century and smell the roses. Toss aside your millennium angst – it belongs to the dying months of 1999. Society, family, relationships, marriage, sex, love – […]

Child Abuse and Violence in Society – Sen. Anne Cools 1995

Senator Anne Cools, "Transitions: Journal of Men's Perspectives", National Coalition of Free Men. http://www.ncfm.org

A speech delivered by Senator Anne Cools to the Canadian Senate on March 28, 1995. Honorable Senators, my intention today is to focus on children as recipients of violence in the family. I shall review some of the research and findings on the troubled family and child at risk. Honourable Senators, the understanding of human […]