let’s not forget about men [post 1]

In my secondary research I found lots of very interesting articles and viewpoints on so many dimensions of this huge concept of gender equality and womens rights. When reaching the conclusion of my research my interest was most strongly drawn towards my realisation that males were positioned in a very interesting way in this issue. They are the perpetrators. I found that this is not necessary true and many males go unrecognised as victims of domestic abuse. I wanted to look at gender equality in the light that to be equal we have to look after the rights of males as well. My research has ended up as a hybrid of gender equality and mental health.


Author: Emma Watson – British actor and UN ambassador

Form: Speech to the United Nations on the 20th of September 2014

Emma Watson spoke for the UN to spread her passions for female rights, gender equality and a urge to change the the way that ‘feminism’ is understood in society and the role men play. Emma, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series was appointed good will ambassador for UN Women in 2014. UN Women is a United Nations branch created in 2010 seeking gender equality and empowerment for women world wide. UN women is is organised an governed by a multi tiered intergovernmental structure, making it a very trustworthy and reliable source. Having a popular reputation in the public as a well known actor, she had a very influential effect on the public introducing the UN Women campaign ‘He for She’. She brought the attention of the UN to a generation and target market which may not have necessarily been interested without her participation. Her stance was influenced through her experiences and opinions, seeking a brighter future for generations to come. Having worked in third world countries and towards female education for several years she comes from a strong background on female equality and empowerment. This was her first contribution to the United Nations, seeking to reach her audience on a more genuine and emotional level. The speech is well researched, opinionated, factual and delicate. I agree with her position. its encouraging, thought provoking and emotional. I agree that negative stigma needs to be removed, and a new understanding required.



The author is Jessica Valenti who speaks on behalf of The Guardian, a renowned Australian newspaper. The Guardian initially a newspaper in the UK and US was brought to Australia in 2013. The Guardian prides it’s self to have no hidden influence or agenda, no commercial interests, just open, honest, fearless journalism. Jessica hosts a podcast series called ‘What would a feminist do?’ offering interviews, real life stories and advice on the most current topics of feminism. Bringing in both male and female opinions on different topics, Jessica encourages an open conversation with experts and leading specialists in their fields. The content is factual and well researched. This particular podcast is called ‘Talking about sexual violence with men’. It provides an interesting insight into reasons why men shy away and become defensive when the concept of feminism is brought up, giving well researched responses to how steps can be taken forward. With guests Jamil Smith, Senior National Correspondent on MTV news, and Dr Dorothy Edwards, Exceutive Director of violence- prevention non-profit Green Dot, experts in their fields. This podcast has been really interesting for me. Similar to the Emma Watson speech for the UN is speaks about the position of men in advocates for getting rid of domestic violence, unlike many other articles which position men as perpetrators. I believe this position is modern and becoming more recognised and talked about.  As we are reminded here, men are also victims. This often goes unrecognised.



Shalaiah Medhora political correspondent for Triple J Hack, reports on the opinions circulating on social media regarding the recent Stanford rape case. The Hack program runs on Triple J ‘talking about stuff that matters to young australians’. Triple J is a branch of the trustworthy ABC radio broadcasting corporation. ABC radio has concerns itself with Australian news, current affairs, documentaries, education and sport since 1937. Renowned for its quality and reliability it is owned by the Australian government. Shalaiah comes from a strong background across radio, online and television, having worked for trustworthy Australian broadcasters SBS and The Guardian, having joined the Hack team in early 2016. This article is factual (case facts), opinionated (Facebook posts from public) and in the position of the general morals of society (that rape is wrong and this case is being unfairly handled). There is an extra layer to this article in that Shalaiah has a background passion for the wrongful acts of rape, having written about her own near rape experiences in The Guardian early April 2016. She has been a victim of other people having insensitive opinions her experiences and making generalised judgements, similar to the situation of the victim in the Stanford case.


Michael Roddan writes for The Citizen, an Australian publication located in Melbourne. The Citizen is a platform for advancing journalism, essentially a stepping stone for students doing their masters of journalism. They are non- for – profit which means their aim is to be a serious and right with an emphasis on quality journalism that, in part, seeks to ‘back’ on issues and events that are neglected by main stream media battling budget cuts and cost constraints. Roddan writes the article ‘What about men? lies, statistics.. and peddling myths about violence against women’ as one of his many publications he has contributed to The Citizen. His main contributions focusing on Australian refugees and domestic violence. His other pieces on domestic violence being : Legal landmarks that have shaped the way the courts deal with domestic violence , Domestic violence: telling it like it is. Roddan completed a bachelor of International Studies at UNSW and has reported for The Australian, The business spectator, Fairfax, Forbes and The Melbourne Anglican Newspaper. Roddan employs experts such as Greg Anderson ( one in three), Michael Flood (senior lecturer at Wollongong University) and Elspeth McInnes (research co-ordinator at The University of South Australia). His position is to compare the opinions of these experts and challenging them creating interesting insights into the issue. The piece challenges a very tricky topic, challenging societies opinions.


The article ‘Violence against women and sports’ was written by Suzanne Dyson in late 2013. She is an associate professor and a principal research fellow at the La Trobe University. From Nursing at Deakin she has done her Diploma of Women Studies at Deakin University to her PhD at La Trobe University. She has been a researcher for 16 year’s at the centre of The Australian Centre for sex, health and society. AFL and Vic Health funded her to research AFL behaviour, hence this article written for The Conversation. The Conversation is a publication advitising its self for its ‘Academic rigour, journalistic flair’. It is an independent source of new and views sources from the academic and research communities and delivered direct to the public. Dyson  has delivered three articles to the paper so far. This article in particular being part of a global series ‘Domestic Violence and Sports across the world and dealing with family violence and respect for Women’. Her position among her articles speaks that instilling young people with high quality sexuality and relationship education at home and in schools , will be the best way to address problematic sexual behaviour and encourages equal, respectful and ethical relationships between young men and females. I think this position is common among society. I agree with this position and I think though my research I see how this solution is overlooked at times.


Three positions

1.  Athlete heroism – sexual assault and atheletes

2. University rape culture – Stanford University rape case  – Sydney University

3. ‘Heforshe’ campaign – UN Women initiative to make men advocates for gender equality – Emma Watson. Changing the position of men from the perpetrators to supporters – more broad this can be linked with men and violence when talking about the stereotypes in the realm of domestic violence. Also speaking about men and mental health / Australian bluokyness / masculinity. Men as victims of domestic violence / abuse ? Verbal domestic abuse – predisposition that men are commonly in the wrong due to physical strength

  • Key ideas for scholarly research
    • male support of feminism
    • domestic abuse against men
    • male mental health
    • Australian male expectations






Watson, E. 2014, ‘Emma Watson’s UN Speech: HeForShe Movement’ UWIRE Text 6 Nov. 2014: 1. Expanded Academic ASAP. Web. 14 Sept. 2016. viewed on the 6th of August 2016 < http://go.galegroup.com.ezproxy.lib.uts.edu.au/ps/i.do?&id=GALE%7CA388992282&v=2.1&u=uts&it=r&p=EAIM&sw=w&authCount=1# >

Valenti, J. 2016, ‘Talking about sexual violence with men: What would a feminist do?’, audio podcast, The Guardian, Sydney, 23 July, viewed on the 6th of August 2016, <https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/audio/2016/jul/23/feminism-sexual-violence-brock-turner-valenti-mtv>

Medhora, S. 2016, ‘Rape at prestigious US college prompts international outrage’, Tripple J Hack, ABC Raddio, Tuesday 7th of June 2016, viewed on the 6th of August 2016, < http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/stanford-university-rape-prompts-international-outrage/7487758>

Roddan, M. 2013, ‘What about men? statistics and peddling myths about violence against women’, The Citizen, 11th of December 2013, viewed on 14th of August 2016, <http://www.thecitizen.org.au/features/what-about-men-lies-statistics-and-peddling-myths-about-violence-against-women >

Dyson, S. 2014, ‘Violence against women and sports : ethical responsibility and brand control?’, The Conversation, October 23rd 2014, viewed 14th of August 2016 <http://theconversation.com/violence-against-women-and-sports-ethical-responsibility-or-brand-control-32270 >