R.W. Connell has been a dominant force in scholarship on masculinity Australia for the last 25 years. One of the key concepts to come out of Connell’s work is the argument for the diversity of ‘masculinities’. This concept was developed to account for the shifting relations of dominance and marginalisation between groups of men. The emphasis on the plurality of masculinity debunks the popular myth, pursued by masculinity writers like Steve Biddulph and Robert Bly, that males have a fixed natural masculinity.
'It is in the best interests of children to have both a mother and a father’. In a society where marriage, heterosexuality and family are so closely intertwined, such a simple, albeit clichéd, statement would seem uncontroversial. In fact, the idea of a mother and a father in a married relationship carries such political and cultural currency that it is hard to imagine having children in circumstances that do not fit neatly under the matrimonial rubric. So how do we then manage to contemplate a family unit that is not only unmarried, but has two mums or two dads?