My portfolio #30: My thinky thoughts on musicals

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A thing I wrote about why men hate musicals for the July 2013 issue of Women’s Health magazine. (It’s true. They do. I read it somewhere.) Read the whole story here.

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Some responses to my men’s rights feature

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White Ribbon chairman Andrew O’Keefe penned a letter to the Herald, responding to some of the allegations about the work of White Ribbon Australia by a Men’s Health Australia (not the magazine, I should point out) representative. And while we’re talking about the MHA, they also had a view on my story, while Fathers 4 Equality posted the whole yarn on their blog.

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My portfolio #29: The men’s rights movement for the SMH

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Good Weekend commissioned me to write a feature on the men’s rights movement around September last year. I didn’t quite nail the magazine’s style so the editor, Ben Naparstek, spiked it. No hard feelings from me; these things happen. But the story’s been homeless ever since… Then, a few weeks back, I got an email from Ben asking me if my story had been given a run anywhere, because he thought there was a place for it elsewhere in the The Sydney Morning Herald. It had not, and there was. And so, yesterday, “21st century man: lost and anachronistic” made its public debut, both in print and online. I’m well chuffed, not least because it means I didn’t waste three weeks of my life. Thanks to SMH daily features editor Kathryn Wicks for making it sound much better.

It’s also worth mentioning, if for nothing other than amusement, that during my research I encountered a number of men who’d made their mind up about me before a word had been written. This is a section that was cut from the final version, but it goes some way to explaining the paranoid world inhabited by some men at the extreme fringes of the men’s rights movement:

Paul Elam smells a conspiracy. I’ve just interviewed the founder of A Voice For Men, the group responsible for the Monash University stunt and one of the men’s rights movement’s most boisterous proponents. As it happens, Michael Flood, who I had interviewed earlier in the week, had visited AVFM’s website and left a comment on the same day. Elam reckons he’s worked it out.

“I don’t know for sure, but this hardly seems like a coincidence,” Elam writes in a post entitled “A Flood of bad intent”. “My guess is Mosel will present Flood as an expert on the MRM [men’s rights movement] or on masculinity, which he is neither, and us, of course, as regressive sexists, which of course we aren’t.

“Ah, the aroma of another mainstream hit job is in the air, folks,” he adds in a later comment. Some of Elam’s acolytes get busy with Google, revealing on the site that I had “liked” White Ribbon Australia on Facebook and made vaguely pro-feminist comments on Twitter earlier in the year. “Good find!” Elam writes of the Facebook revelation. “Page saved. :O)”

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My portfolio #28: Meeting Mr Sabo

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Late last year I got to fly to London to attend the launch of Thomas Sabo’s new collection and interview the man himself. I wrote about it for Men’s Style‘s autumn 2013 issue.

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My portfolio #27: Get rich or die tryin’

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I wrote a feature for Men’s Style on how to make money in the post global-recession world. Read, get rich, send me a thank-you cheque. It’s in their autumn issue, on sale now, or you can read it on PDF here.

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My portfolio #26: “Nice to meet you, Mr Abbott”

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I interviewed federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for Rolling Stone’s March issue. As luck would have it, the PM announced the election date barely a week before the magazine went on sale. Unfortunately, that meant the standfirst’s reference to an election being “due by November 30″ looked a bit daft. Still… Tony Abbott! If you want to read the interview, you can view a PDF here.

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My portfolio #25: In praise of Leigh Sales

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I wrote nice things about 7.30 host Leigh Sales for a Rolling Stone feature (February 2013 edition) on the game-changers of 2012.

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Talking men’s magazines with ABC radio

I spoke to Libbi Gorr on her Sunday show on ABC Melbourne on February 3. We talked about men’s magazines and whatnot, off the back of my Crikey piece.

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My portfolio #24: Marriage ain’t no thing

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Since getting engaged last year I have become an expert on all things matrimonial. This story appeared in the February 2013 issue of Cosmopolitan.

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My portfolio #23: In defence of men’s magazine writers

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In response to a much-derided Stephen Marche story on Megan Fox in the February issue of Esquire, I wrote this piece about men’s magazine writers for Crikey. It appeared on Thursday, January 24, 2013.

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