Paperback Edition of The Declining Significance of Homophobia

book coverThe Declining Significance of Homophobia is now available in paperback.

UK readers can buy a copy of the book here for £15.19, if they use the discount code AMPROMO7.

US readers can buy a copy of the book here, with a 20% discount with the same code.


BBC Radio 5

I’ll be appearing on BBC Radio 5 on Thursday 16th May at 8:17 to debate Diane Abbott about her argument of a crisis of masculinity. More information on her argument found here.

Call for Papers

Youth Sexualities: Call for Papers

A one-day conference in collaboration with the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexuality, Durham University and the BSA Youth Study Group

Friday 18th October, 2013

St Aidan’s College, Durham University

Debates about youth sexualities in popular culture tend to be fixated on crisis. Whether it concerns the sexualisation of young girls, fears around paedophilia or the supposed epidemic of homophobic bullying in schools, evidence-based discussion and analysis regarding youth sexualities seem to be sacrificed on the altar of moral panic. While the academy has been a venue for the examination of these issues, it too is frequently focussed on issues of crisis, often failing to recognise positive social change.

Youth Sexualities is a one-day multi-disciplinary conference that seeks to explore the diversity and plurality of young people’s experiences of sexuality. Papers are sought on all aspects of young people’s lives, their sexualities and the intersection of youth and sexualities, broadly conceived. Papers that push topical or disciplinary boundaries are particularly welcomed. The event will commence with three keynote presentations, followed by an open discussion of the key themes that emerge. There will be streams of papers in the afternoon to explore the diversity of youth sexualities in contemporary cultures.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Clarissa Smith, University of Sunderland, on young people’s porn consumption

Dr. Mark McCormack, Durham University, on heterosexual identities and bodily pleasure

Dr. Matthew Waites, University of Glasgow, on the age of consent in international contexts

Chaired by Prof. Jo Phoenix, Durham University

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to Mark McCormack, at no later than Friday 24th May. Abstracts are welcomed from academics at all career stages, including postgraduate researchers.

Review of The Declining Significance of Homophobia

My book is reviewed in Sexualities by Dr Sean Brady. A version can be read here.

Contexts Magazine

contexts_1110‘The Heart of Boys’. I contribute to a debate in ASA’s Contexts magazine, about the  position of boys in society.

HuffPost Live

I discuss the changing nature of the phrase ‘that’s so gay’ on HuffPostLive.

HuffPost Live Link

THE Review

The Declining Significance of Homophobia has been reviewed by Dr Allister Butler in Times Higher Education.

The Wednesday Book

The Declining Significance of Homophobia was ‘The Wednesday Book’ at The Independent today, reviewed by Mark Simpson.–mccormack-oxford-3250-7932560.html

An Interview with @sosogay

Leo Kristoffersson talks to Dr Mark McCormack about the findings of his book on homophobia in British schools.

The School Report 2012

Stonewall School Report HomophobiaBritish gay rights campaigning charity Stonewall have released The School Report 2012, a follow up to their 2007 School Report. It paints a bleak picture of life as an LGBT student in the UK. However, I am sceptical of the methods and analysis in the report and argue that the report is not generalizable primarily because of its poor sampling techniques. My post at Psychology Today provides a detailed critique of the report and its findings.