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Suicide Prevention Conference 2012

Mon 25th June 2012:

Dr. Annette Beautrais has returned to NZ and is now employed at Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Auckland University, at the Middlemore Hospital Complex. Friday 28th September 2012 She has organised a Suicide Prevention Conference, to follow on from a World Injury Conference, a few days earlier in Wellington. (As quite a lot of […]

How courts and the culture disrespect dad Barbara Kay

Tue 19th June 2012:

A Father’s Day downer How courts and the culture disrespect dad 16th June 2012 By Barbara Kay / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS From the loving, engaged portrayals of fathers featured in recent popular movies like “The Descendants,” “Moneyball” and “A Better Life” – all three performances were nominated for Academy Awards – one might conclude […]

Court Value and Quality

Thu 12th April 2012:

EVIDENCE Now 23, Young Woman Says She Made Up Testimony That Put Her Dad in Prison in 2002 Posted Apr 2, 2012 5:40 PM CDT By Martha Neil Cassandra Ann Kennedy was 11 years old in 2001, when, she now says, she made up a story that put her father in a Washington state prison […]

Separated or Together Parenting

Wed 21st March 2012:

John Potter made the following comment: It seems to me that the dynamics of parenting as a couple are quite different to how it is if you are solo. It’s not clear to me how well PPP addresses this issue. John has made the distinction between solo and separated. Another very important comparison, is […]

Triple P Parenting or PET

Wed 14th March 2012:

Parenting training is often seen as an insult. This is unfortunate, as parenting skills are vitally important to the welfare of our children. Good parenting skills would also help negotiating skills, which alas may also be useful in making the best from being forced to separate. Parenting skills help with negotiating, which can also help […]

Mothers Daycare and Child Wellbeing

Thu 9th February 2012:

Family First lobby group have published a book about the consequences on children, of the use of daycare. This has aroused considerable response, from groups who feel that it criticises choices that they have made, in particular working women. Who Cares Mothers Daycare and Child Wellbeing in NZ

Men’s Health Day?

Wed 18th January 2012:

2012 INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY: HELPING MEN AND BOYS LIVE LONGER, HAPPIER, more satisfied, HEALTHIER LIVES In the run up to International Men’s Day 2012 (Monday 19th November) we’re (Men’s Health Australia and Greg Andresen) asking supporters of the day to focus on five key challenges that will help us improve the health and wellbeing of […]

Familycaught Open Marketplace

Tue 17th January 2012:

Submission regarding Open Marketplace Conversion of familycaught by Murray Bacon This submission will propose an open marketplace, as a higher decision quality, lower cost replacement for familycaught. Incidentally this should also ensure reductions of longer term prison cost and social costs resulting from criminals. By giving the public the basic tools to manage their own […]

Debunking Handbook from Queensland

Wed 11th January 2012:

A very practical presentation, about how to achieve Debunking in the real world, is available from John Cook and Stephan Lewandowsky. They are very careful to warn about the way the debunking is presented and show how jumping straight into the core misinformation can easily reinforce the very “untruths” that you are seeking to expose! […]

New Male Studies: An International Journal

Sat 24th December 2011:

This brand new publication by a group of Australian, Canadian, European and American scholars contains research essays, opinion pieces, and book reviews on all aspects of the male experience.

Impact of abortion on men

Fri 25th November 2011:

This topic is not discussed sufficiently. Although men are sometimes derided, for getting women into the situation where an abortion may be “needed”, men may experience strong feelings of loss and hurt. If these are not understood, they may come back as psychological problems…. This difficult topic is well covered, in my opinion, on Life […]

Parents Sentencing Their Children To Death

Fri 25th March 2011:

Separating Parents Sentencing Their Children To Death Quote #1: In an eight-decade study, parental divorce in childhood was the strongest predictor of early death in adulthood. Quote #2: The early death of a parent had no measurable effect on children’s life spans or mortality risk, but the long-term health effects of broken families were often […]

Why Would a Woman Assault Her Husband?

Fri 18th March 2011:

Men Don’t Tell 1993 TV Film Man repeatedly assaulted by his wife TV film – based on true story The Other Face Of Domestic Violence On March 14, 1993, CBS aired “Men Don’t Tell,” a TV movie about domestic violence starring Peter Strauss and Judith Light. The twist: Strauss’s character, construction executive Ed MacAffrey, was […]

Men Going Their Own Way

Thu 24th February 2011:

More evidence of “Market Failure” in the Marriage Contract market- From Wall Street Journal: Where Have The Good Men Gone? Kay S. Hymowitz argues that too many men in their 20s are living in a new kind of extended adolescence. “nearly seven in 10 25-year-olds were married; by 2000, only one-third had reached that milestone” […]

Critics warn on pregnant mother alerts re abuse

Sun 12th December 2010:

Whilst the public debate about child abuse in NZ has been somewhat distracted by deaths and horrific injuries to a very small number of children, the overall social vandalism of larger numbers of children is perhaps more disabling, in the territory of emotional neglect. Although emotional neglect leaves no bruises or broken bones and a […]

Should gender studies be scrapped?

Thu 2nd December 2010:

I went back to school as an adult student to study business, with an accounting major in the hope of starting my own business a number of years back. While studying the last papers I phoned my tutor and said I was disappointed because I felt the amount of compulsory social papers took up time […]

Big Buddies for boys with ‘violent’ fathers

Wed 3rd November 2010:

Dear John Potter In February last year you wrote a comment supporting the Big Buddy organisation, in which you said that buddies would not be assigned to boys with a father present, but excluded by the Family Court. That’s certainly what I believed when I became involved. But now I hear on the grapevine that […]

Sex Teacher Back in Class

Sun 12th September 2010:

A female principal has hired a female teacher who previously, when aged 23, “had an affair with” her 16yo pupil (and who had been teaching illegally without legitimate qualifications at the time). Feminists have long bemoaned the “old boys club” that they accused of showing favouritism to men. Of course, feminists would never do anything […]

12 Steps to Recovering from being Male

Mon 9th August 2010:

I am concerned at the angst showing in many recent posts on these pages. Some men are taking too long to climb out of their hurt and see all of the faces of the world surrounding us. Are they taking responsibility for the hurts that they may have given? 12 Steps shows a good path, […]

Reproductive rights

Wed 7th April 2010:

Men have no reproductive rights. In fact they are punished and held in servitude for the reproductive choices of women. Think I am exaggerating? Think again. Here is an American group raising awareness of this issue. “The problems connected to unwanted pregnancies exist not because a guy has sex. Sex will always happen. The problems […]

Symposium on Male Studies

Thu 1st April 2010:

A gathering of academicians drawn from a range of disciplines will meet on April 7, 2010, at Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, to examine the declining state of the male, stemming from cataclysmic changes in today’s culture, environment and global economy. The live teleconferenced colloquium will be chaired by Lionel Tiger, PhD, Rutgers University […]

Opening address to the Promoting Mental health and Well-being In Men symposium

Sun 21st March 2010:

MP Peter Dunne from United Future political party opened the Wairarapa Men’s Health meeting very well, ..I thought. I particularly liked the way he addressed lots of areas where work is needed and included men’s issues spoken on men’s sites. I know some of his wording won’t go down well but I also know it’s […]

Violence will Increase as Fatherlessness Increases – says Family First

Sun 28th February 2010:

Family First NZ says that violence in our community and towards people of authority such as the police will increase as long as we downplay the significance and benefits of strong marriages and committed fathers. “The response of governments, even today, has been more money and more laws. Yet this fails to deal with the […]

Men’s Health Australia takes on Minister for Status of Women

Sun 21st February 2010:

A leading men’s health organisation in Australia claims that the Minister for the Status of Women, Hon Gail Gago MLC, misled Parliament by maintaining that false statistics on the Government’s Don’t Cross the Line anti-violence campaign website are accurate, back in October 2009. The Minister defended the misleading statistics in Parliament, claiming that “the data […]

Father’s suicides or parental suicides?

Wed 14th October 2009:

Dear Wendy, I read your article about father’s suicides, with quite a bit of pain. While men’s suicide shows up grossly and obviously in national suicide statistics, I suspect that women’s suicides due to court traumatisation from removal of relationships with children is a faster growing problem. The feeling of traumatisation due to injustice does […]

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