Michael Flood is a pro-feminist senior lecturer in Sociology at Wollongong Uni in Australia. He’s done great work around male violence against women and has gone toe to toe with Paul Elam who libels him in this video, calling him a child abuser. Elam can’t speak intellectually with Flood so he insults him and once again, Elam has problems pronouncing ‘methodology.’
Flood’s CV is very extensive:
Dr Flood has an extensive record of publication, with a total of 27 journal articles and 19 book chapters, 20 research monographs, and over 80 other publications. His research has attracted close to $900,000 of external funding. As evidence of his esteem in research communities, Dr Flood is an Expert Assessor. He has given 51 keynote or invited addresses, and been the referee for 66 journal articles and three book manuscripts. He is the co-founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM), the first research centre in Australia focused on this field of scholarship. He is the lead editor of an international encyclopedia on men and masculinities (Routledge), he has presented invited papers at international gatherings held at the United Nations (New York) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) (Bangkok), and he has contributed by invitation to various reference and expert groups (including for the Australian Burea of Statistics, the Human Rights Commission, the NRL, and the AFL).
Elam has none of these qualifications and can’t read a research study to save his life so it’s no surprise that when Flood left a comment on Elam’s site correcting him about a small error in an article, Elam and his friends called Flood names, made silly pictures of him and insulted his children.
Flood linked Elam some research to show exactly what we all know about male domestic violence: it’s a gendered problem. The result was Paul dismissing him outright, like the uneducated sop he is:
Paul Elam’s latest bid for attention has him libeling the White Ribbon Campaign, a group formed after Marc LePine lined up women at a Canadian university and murdered them because he perceived them as feminists who ruined his life.
The rhetoric of LePine and Elam are quite similar. They both believe their problems come from feminists and both want to end feminism, which will never happen. I think blaming feminism gives Elam a way to rant and rave his hatred at women, which he does interchangeably.
One factoid I recently exposed on Twitter is that Elam’s ideas and the Manosphere in general are the same ideas the 13th century Catholic church had toward witches, who were mostly women practicing the old pagan country customs.
Elam thinks that men should beat women down if a woman ‘starts it.’ MRA’s falsely state that most violence is 50/50 and that women start it more. They use a handful of cherry picked studies with horrible methods to make this claim.
The main researcher AVFM uses is Murray Straus who invented the Conflict Tactics Scale. The CTS doesn’t measure context within domestic violence. If a man and woman hit each other the CTS counts each as 1 violation. What’s missing is who hit first and was the woman defending herself? What is the context around the violence? This is the main reason why the CTS isn’t recognized as a good tool for measuring male violence against women. It’s purposely devoid of anything that recognizes the fact of gender inequality and the fact that men are overwhelmingly the perpetrators.
Another tactic of MRA’s, when you ask them for research to support the idea that 70% of violence is started by women, is to post the Fiebert bibliography. It’s highly unlikely MRA’s have read the many studies included in that bibliography because about 60% of the studies involve the faulty CTS.
Michael Flood has addressed MRA’s, Fathers’ Rights groups (which are extensions of MRA’s) in this wonderful paper from 2012.
We are in a very important time in our culture because of the male supremacist backlash. Third wave feminism is very prone to absorbing the faulty ideas that women are ‘just as violent’ as men because of the neo-liberal emphasis on individual issues and the lack of seeing male violence against women as a ‘women as a gendered class.’
No matter what Elam does to flail about and scream to get attention, he’ll always be wrong. His attempts to inject falsehoods into the culture have failed each and every time. This latest bid for a lawsuit from White Ribbon will soon blow over too.
He can’t take donations on his fake White Ribbon site because that provides the impetus to sue him since it’s a material benefit of fraud. What Elam is doing is trying to get White Ribbon to make public statements of a lawsuit so he can solicit for money. It’s the entire purpose.
His site is dying a slow death, and he knows it. Calling White Ribbon child abusers and frauds riles up his audience and provides him with more clicks. Let’s hope White Ribbon knows not to say a word to him because that will only get the donations running and Elam turns into the poor martyr.
I’m in touch with White Ribbon and though I cannot divulge our conversations I will say they are aware of Elam’s manipulations and what he’s trying to do.
I would officially like to extend an invitation to Michael Flood. I will be emailing him soon to discuss these matters and strategies to deal with these male supremacists.