31. Men's Rights, Backlash & Critiques of Feminism

(Excerpted from The Men's Bibliography: A comprehensive bibliography of writing on men, masculinities, gender, and sexualities, compiled by Michael Flood. 19th edition, 2008. Home URL: http://mensbiblio.xyonline.net/)

Note: Kenneth Clatterbaugh's chapter on the men's rights movement is a useful summary of its perspectives and issues. Works focused on "fathers' rights" in particular are listed under "Fatherhood and Families" above.

(a) Men’s Rights and anti-feminist works

August, Eugene R. (1985). Men’s Studies: A Selected and Annotated Interdisciplinary Bibliography. Littleton Colorado: Libraries Unlimited.

August, Eugene R. (1994). The New Men’s Studies: A Selected and Annotated Interdisciplinary Bibliography. 2nd ed. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.

Baber, Asa. Naked at the Gender Gap: A Man’s View of the War Between the Sexes. New York: Birch Lane Press (columnist for Playboy).

Ball, Murray. (1993). The Sisterhood. Gisborne, New Zealand: Diogenes Designs.

Baskerville, Stephen (2007). Taken Into Custody: How the “divorce industry” destroys families -- and threatens the civil rights of every parent.

Baumli, Francis. (ed). (1985). Men Freeing Men. Jersey City: New Atlantis.

Bertels, Frank. (1981). The First Book on Male Liberation & Sex Equality. Miami: Brun Press.

Boyce, J.W. (1994). Manufacturing Concern: Worthy and Unworthy Victims: Headline Coverage of Male and Female Victims of Violence in Canadian Daily Newspapers, 1989 to 1992. MS.

Coory, David. (1991). Secrets of Fascinating Womanhood. Tauranga, New Zealand: Zealand Publishing House.

Coward, Rosalind. (1999). Sacred Cows. HarperCollins

Davidson, Nicholas. (1988). The Failure of Feminism. Prometheus Books.

Davidson, Nicholas. (ed). (1989). Gender Sanity. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Dench, Geoff. (1995). Transforming Men: Changing Patterns of Dependency and Dominance in Gender Relations. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Diamond, Jed. (1983). Inside Out: Becoming My Own Man. San Rafael, CA: Fifth Wave Press.

Doyle, Richard F. (1976). The Rape of the Male. St. Paul, Minnesota: Poor Richard’s Press.

Doyle, Richard F. (1992). The Men’s Manifesto: A Commonsense Approach to Gender Issues and Politics. The Men’s Movement Examined. (4th edition) Forest Lake, Michigan: Poor Richard’s Press.

Doyle, Richard F. (2000). The Men’s Manifesto: A Commonsense Approach to Gender Issues, Philosophy and Politics of the Legitimate Men’s Movement. (5th edition) Men’s Defence Association (27 pp.).

Farmer, Steven. (1991). The Wounded Male. New York: Ballantine Books.

Farrell, Warren. (1974). The Liberated Man, Beyond Masculinity: Freeing Men and their Relationships with Women. New York: Random House.

Farrell, Warren. (1986). Why Men Are The Way They Are: The Male-Female Dynamic. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Farrell, Warren. (1993). The Myth of Male Power: Why Men are the Disposable Sex. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Farrell, Warren. (1999). Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam (Also 2001. Sydney: Finch Publishing).

Farrell, Warren. (2004). Why Men Earn More: The startling truth behind the pay gap, and what women can do about it. AMACOM.

Fitzgerald, Matthew. (1999). Sex-Ploytation: How Women Use Their Bodies to Extort Money From Men. April House Publishing.

Freedman, Carleton H. (1985). Manhood Redux: Standing up to feminism. New York: Samson.

Gilder, George. (1973). Sexual Suicide. New York: Quadrangle Books.

Gilder, George. (1974). Naked Nomads: Unmarried Men in America. New York: Quadrangle/The New York Times Book Co.

Gilder, George. (1981). Wealth and Poverty. New York: Basic Books, Inc.

Gilder, George. (1986). Men and Marriage. Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing Co.

Goldberg, Herb. (1976). The Hazards of Being Male: Surviving the Myth of Masculine Privilege. New York: Signet.

Goldberg, Herb. (1980). The New Male. New York: Signet.

Goldberg, Herb. (1987). The Inner Male: Overcoming Blocks to Intimacy. New York: New American Library.

Goldberg, Herb. (1991). What Men Really Want. New York: Signet.

Goldberg, Herb. (year?). The New Male-Female Relationship.

Goldberg, Steven. (1977). The Inevitability of Patriarchy. Maurice Temple Smith LTD (Open Court 1992).

Goldberg, Steven. (1992). When Wish Replaces Thought. Prometheus Books.

Goldberg, Steven. (1993). Why Men Rule: A Theory of Male Dominance. Chicago, Illinois: Open Court Books.

Goodyear-Smith, Felicity. (1993). First Do No Harm: The Sex Abuse Industry. Auckland: Benton-Guy.

Gordon, John. (1982). The Myth of the Monstrous Male & Other Feminist Fables. New York: Playboy Press.

Groner, Jonathan. (year?). Hilary’s Trial: The Elizabeth Morgan Case. Simon & Schuster.

Hawley, Richard A. (1993). Boys Will Be Men: Masculinity in Troubled Times. Middlebury, Vermont: Paul S. Eriksson.

Johnson, Tom. (1997). No Man’s Land. Rushcutter’s Bay, NSW: Halstead Press.

Kammer, Jack. (1994). Good Will Toward Men: Women Talk Candidly About the Balance of Power Between the Sexes. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
Kimbrell, Andrew. (1995). The Masculine Mystique: The Politics of Masculinity. Ballantine Books.

Klein, Ellen R. (1996). Feminism Under Fire. New York: Prometheus Books.

Levin, Michael. (1987). Feminism and Freedom. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Books.

Lukas, Carrie. (2006). The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex and Feminism.

Lynch, Frederick R. (1991). Invisible Victims: White Males and the Crisis of Affirmative Action. New York: Praeger.

Lyndon, Neil. (1992). No More Sex War: The Failures of Feminism. London: Sinclar-Stevenson.

McElroy, Wendy. (1996). Sexual Correctness: The Gender-Feminist Attack on Women. Jefferson, Nth Carolina: McFarland & Co..

Millard, Alan. (1995). Equality: A Man’s Claim: The Equality Issue from the Male Perspective, and an Ethical Society’s Viewpoint.

Nathanson, Paul, and Katherine Young. (2001). Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Culture. McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Introduction ix.
1 Children v. Demons: The McMartin and Other Witch Hunts 3.
2 Wives v. Abusers: The Bobbitt Affair 21.
3 Workers v. Harassers: The Hill-Thomas Debate 31.
4 Martyrs v. Murderers: The Montreal Massacre 53.
5 Women’s Rights v. Human Rights: The Case of Entitlements 81.
6 Maternal Rights v. Paternal Rights: The Case of Children 125.
7 Power v. Pleasure: The Case of Pornography/Prostitution 159.
8 Separatists v. Integrationists: The Case of Sexual Harassment 193.
9 Female Victims v. Male Victims: The Case of Violence against Women 223.
10 Ideological Feminism v. Scholarship 269.
11 Misandry v. Equality 309.
1 Responding to Our Critics: Spreading Misandry Revisited 329.
2 Birth of the Bogeyman: One Subtext of Modern Witch Hunts 340.
3 Misleading the Public: Statistics Abuse 347.
4 Silencing men: The Trouble with Political Correctness 365.
5 Respectable Porn: The Debate over Romance Novels 373.
6 Bargaining at Beijing: United Nations or United Women 391.
7 Paved with Entitlements: The Road to Caste 403.
8 Here Come the Feds: Studies of Affirmative Action and Pay Equity 410.
9 Dissing Dads: The Debate over Custody 415.
10 Gynotopia: Feminism at Academic Conferences 439.
11 A Front by Any Other Name: Ideology, Gender Studies, and Women’s Studies 465.
12 What’s Sauce for the Goose: Double Standards in a Government Report 471.
13 Take That! Comparative Victimology 478.

Nathanson, Paul, and Katherine Young (2006). Legalizing Misandry: From Public Shame to Systemic Discrimination Against Men. Phillips, Melanie. (1999). The Sex Change Society: Feminised Britain and the Neutered Male. Social Market Foundation.

Pride, Mary. (1986). The Child Abuse Industry: Outrageous Facts and Everyday Rebellions Against a System That Threatens Every North American Family. Westchester, Illinois: Crossway Books.

Rein, Stewart. (2001). Betrayal of the Child: A Father’s Guide to Family Courts, Divorce, Custody and Children’s Rights. Lotus Press.

Roiphe, Katie. (1993). The Morning After: Sex, Fear, and Feminism. London: Hamish Hamilton.

Schenk, Roy U. (1998). We’ve Been Had: Writings on Men’s Issues. Bioenergetics Press.

Schenk, Roy U. (year?). The Other Side of the Coin.

Schlafly, Phyllis. (1977). The Power of the Positive Woman. New York: Jove/Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Schwartz, Howard. (1993). Deconstructing my Car at the Detroit Airport. Organization Studies, 14(2), pp. 279-281.

Schwartz, Howard. (1995). Masculinity and the Meaning of Work: A Response to Manichean Feminism. Administration and Society, 27(2), pp. 249-274.

Schwartz, Howard. (1996). The Sin of the Father: Reflections on the Roles of the Corporation Man, the Suburban Housewife, Their Son and their Daughter in the Deconstruction of the Patriarch. Human Relations, 49(8), pp. 1013-1040.

Schwartz, Howard. (1997). Psychodynamics of Political Correctness. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 33(2), pp. 132-148.

Schwartz, Howard. (1999). The Power of the Virgin: Psychodynamics of Sexual Politics and the Issue of Women in Combat. Administrative Theory and Praxis, March.

Schwartz, Howard. (2003). Revolt of the Primitive: An Inquiry into the Roots of Political Correctness. Transaction Publishers.

Smith, Randy T. (1998). The Man’s Book: 101 Ways to Survive Women’s Liberation and Other Female Nonsense. Pentland Press.

Sommers, Christina Hoff. (1994). Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women. New York: Touchstone (Simon and Schuster)

Spiegel, Lawrence D. (1986). A Question of Innocence. Unicorn Publishing.

Sykes, Charles J. (1992). A Nation of Victims. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Thomas, David. (1993). Not Guilty: Men - the Case for the Defence. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson

Tiger, Lionel. (1984). Men in Groups. (2nd edition. First Printed 1969) New York: Marion Boyars.

Tiger, Lionel. (2000). The Decline of Males: The First Look at an Unexpected New World for Men and Women. Griffin Trade Paperback.

Vilar, Ester. (1972). The Manipulated Man. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Vogt, Gregory Max. (1991). Return to Father. Spring Publications.

Wexler, Richard. Wounded Innocents. Prometheus Books.

Wishard, Bill, and Laurie Wishard. (1980). Men’s Rights: A Handbook for the 80’s. Cragmont.

Young, Cathy. (1999). Ceasefire: Why women and men must join forces to achieve true equality. New York: The Free Press.

Zubaty, Rich. (1993). Surviving the Feminization of America: How to Keep Women from Ruining Your Life. Panther Press.

Zubaty, Rich. (2001). The Corporate Cult: More of What Men Know that Women Don’t. College Station, Texas and Kaunakakai, Hawaii: Virtualbookworm.com and Zubaty Publishing.

Zubaty, Rich. (2001). What Men Know That Women Don’t. College Station, Texas and Kaunakakai, Hawaii: Virtualbookworm.com and Zubaty Publishing. (Revision of Surviving the Feminization of America)


Backlash (US)
Certified Male (Australia)
The Liberator: Defender of Men (Men's Defense Association, US)
The Male View (UK)


(b) Critiques of Men’s Rights etc.

Bacchetta, Paola, and Margaret Power. (eds.). (2002). Right-Wing Women: From Conservatives to Extremists Around the World. NY: Routledge.

Bailey, C. (2006). “Taking Back the Campus”: Right-Wing Feminism as the “Middle Ground”. Feminist Teacher, 16(3): 173.

Braithwaite, Ann. (2004). Politics of/and Backlash. Journal of International Women’s Studies, Vol. 5, No. 5, June.

Burack, Cynthia, and Jyl J. Josephson (2002). Women and the American New Right: Feminist interventions. Women & Politics, 24(2).

Carver, T. (2003). Review of Spreading Misandry: the teaching of contempt for men in popular culture, by Nathanson,P and Young,KK. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 5: 480-481.

Chesler, Phyllis. (1994). The Men’s Auxilliary: Protecting the Rule of the Fathers. In Patriarchy: Notes of an Expert Witness, Morrow Maine: Common Courage Press.

Clatterbaugh, Kenneth. (1990). Counterattack: The Men’s Rights Movement. In Contemporary Perspectives on Masculinity: Men, Women, and Politics in Modern Society, Colarado & Oxford: Westview Press

Crooms, Lisa. (2000). Families, Fatherlessness, and Women’s Human Rights: An Analysis of the Clinton Administration’s Public Housing Policy as a Violation of CEDAW. In Global Critical Race Feminism, edited by A. K. Wing.

Dufresne, Martin. (1993). The Male Lobby: Woman-Hating and Antifeminism in Action. Montreal: Montreal Men Against Sexism (13 pp.)

Dufresne, Martin. (1998). Masculinisme et criminalite sexiste. Recherches feministes, Vol. 11, NO. 2, pp. 125-137.

Dworkin, Andrea. (1997). Mass Murder in Montreal. In Life and Death: Unapologetic Writings on the War Against Women, edited by A. Dworkin. New York: Free Press.

Elden, Sara. (2002). Gender politics in conservative men’s movements: Beyond complexity, ambiguity and pragmatism. NORA, 10(1), pp. 38-48.

Flood, Michael. (1997). Responding to Men’s Rights. XY: Men, Sex, Politics, 7(2), Spring.

Flood, Michael. (2004). Backlash: Angry men’s movements. In S. E. Rossi. (ed.), The battle and backlash rage on: Why feminism cannot be obsolete (pp. 261-278). Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris Press. [Copy available free from author]

Haste, Helen. (1993). Backlash!. Chapter 13 in The Sexual Metaphor. New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf

Hawkesworth, Mary. (1999). Analyzing Backlash: Feminist Standpoint Theory as Analytical Tool. Women’s Studies International Forum, 22(2), March-April.

Kaye, Miranda, and Julia Tolmie. (1998a). Fathers’ rights groups in Australia and their engagement with issues of family law. Australian Journal of Family Law, 12(1), March, pp. 19-67.

Kaye, Miranda, and Julia Tolmie. (1998b). Discoursing dads: The rhetorical devices of fathers’ rights groups. Melbourne University Law Review, 22, pp. 162-194.

Maddison, Sarah. (1999). Crossing Boundaries: Engaging with the men’s rights movement. Refractory Girl, No. 53, Spring, pp. 21-23.

Maddison, Sarah. (1999). Private Men, Public Anger: The Men’s Rights Movement in Australia. Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies. 4(2), December.

Messner, Michael A. (1997). The Limits of ‘the Male Sex Role’: The Men’s Liberation and Men’s Rights Movements. In Politics of Masculinities: Men in Movements. University of Southern California: Sage Publications

Messner, Michael A. (1998). The Limits of ‘the Male Sex Role’: An Analysis of the Men’s Liberation and Men’s Rights Movements’ Discourse. Gender & Society, 12(3), June

Minnich, Elizabeth K. (1998). Feminist Attacks on Feminisms: Patriarchy’s Prodigal Daughters. [Reviews of Works by Hoff Sommers, Patai and Koertge, Fox-Genovese, and Roiphe] Feminist Review, 24(1), Spring.

Moeller, S. (1999). Sexual Correctness – die Modernisierung antifeministischer Debatten in den Medien (Sexual Correctness – the modernization of anti-feminist discourse in the media). Leske + Budrich: Opladen.

Pollock, Scarlet, and Jo Sutton. (1985). Fathers’ Rights, Women’s Losses. In Klein and Steinberg. (eds.). Radical Voices. (Also in Women’s Studies International Forum, 8(6), pp. 593-599).

Rush, Florence. (1990). The Many Faces of Backlash. In Leicholdt, Dorchen and Raymond, Janice G. (eds.). The Sexual Liberals and the Attack on Feminism. New York: Pergamon Press.

Savran, David. (1996). The Sadomasochist in the Closet: White Masculinity and the Culture of Victimization. Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, 8(2)

Savran, David. (1998). Taking It Like a Man: White Masculinity, Masochism, and Contemporary American Culture. Princeton University Press.

Sawer, Marian. (2000). Women: Gender wars in the nineties. In Marian Simms and John Warhurst. (eds.). Howard’s Agenda: The 1998 Australian Election. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, pp. 149-158.

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Excerpted from The Men's Bibliography: A comprehensive bibliography of writing on men, masculinities, gender, and sexualities, compiled by Michael Flood.
19th edition, 2008, Canberra, Australia. ISBN 0 646 18088 6

Home URL: http://mensbiblio.xyonline.net/