Staff profile

Dr Andrea

Dr Andrea Waling

Research Officer

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Psychology and Counselling

Franklin Street Campus, Melbourne (City)

Research centres

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society

Qualifications

PhD Sociology, Bachelor of Arts Honours Anthropology, Sociology & Sexuality Studies

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

Ordinary Board Member (2017-2020) of The American Mens Studies Association; Ordinary Board Member (2012-Present) of the Zoe Belle Gender Collective,

Brief profile

Moving over from a teaching and research position in the School of Social Sciences (SoSS) at Monash University, Dr Andrea Waling​ has been brought on board to work with Prof Gary Dowsett, Dr Duane Duncan and Dr Steven Angelides on an ARC discovery project,  “Muscling Up: Australian Men, Sexualisation and Body Image Enhancement” (2015-2017).  She recently graduated with a PhD in sociology and critical men’s studies, and her research interests include men and masculinities, Australian identity, and raunch culture, with a focus on representations of men and masculinity in media, and the lived experiences of men. Her PhD dissertation examines the prevalence of iconic masculinities as they infiltrate the Australian consciousness, and determines the extent to which these stereotypes may still hold currency within modern Australian society. Her PhD thesis is currently being adapted into a book entitled White Masculinity in Contemporary Australia: The Good Ol’ Aussie Bloke for publication in 2019.  Her research and teaching interests include theoretical and empirical examinations of men and masculinity, investigations of sex and gender in the media, sexualisation and raunch culture, men’s bodies, men’s health, and LGBTIQ+ issues.  She is currently working on a small pilot study exploring how men’s motivations for sending ‘Dick Pics’ are framed in contemporary media. 

Outside of ARCSHS Andrea is a CI on a series of collaborations with Dr James Roffee (Monash University) investigating LGBTIQ experiences of safety and unsafety in Australian universities, and with David Fildes (AHSRI) exploring the experiences of CALD men in Men’s Sheds. Andrea is an ordinary board member of the Zoe Belle Gender Collective working group (2012-Present), as well as on the board of directors for The American Men's Studies Association (2017-2019). Andrea is co-chairing the 2018 Annual American Men's Studies Association Conference with Dr Jonathan A. Allen and Dr Frank Karioris

Media & Community Outreach

  • Comment for article "Men’s Jewellery: Forging a New Identity" for Jeweller Magazine. (07.11.2016). Topic: Men, masculinity and men's jewellery. www.jewellermagazine.com. By Angela Tufvesson.
  • Invited Panel Member/Discussant for the screening of CHEVALIER (Forthcoming 11.10.2016). Topic: Women telling stories about masculinity. Part of the She Speaks First series. Speak Easy Cinema. 
  • Comment for article "Why Anthony Weiner’s sexting should worry every parent" for The New Daily. (03.09.2016). Topic: Boys and sexting. www.thenewdaily.com.au. By John Elder. 
  • Expert Interview for the radio segment 'Panorama' (02.08.2016). Topic: young men, media and body image. SYN: 90.7
  • Expert Interview for the radio segment 'Drive' with Kate O'Toole (12.07.2016). Topic: Men, social media, masculinity and 'Dick Pics.' ABC Darwin: 105.7
  • Expert Interview for the radio segment “Masculinity” (19.06.2016). Topic: Australian identity, masculinity, men's body image, men's emotions.  ABC: Triple J-The Hook Up with Hannah Reilly.
  • Consultant for the documentary “Man Up.” (13.12.2015). Topic: Australian identity and masculinity, exploring historical tropes and contemporary representations in media. ABC/Heiress Films.
  • Master of Ceremonies/Keynote Speaker for the WorkingOut Trans and Gender Diverse Forum (04.07.2015). Topic: Panel discussion on employment support options for people that identify as trans/gender diverse within the community. ZBGC & WorkingOut. 
  • Invited Panel Member for the Monash Postgraduate Association/Ally Network, 22/05/2015. Topic: Supporting LGBTIQ Youth in Higher Education. International Day against Homophobia & Transphobia Week.
  • Invited Panel Member for the MSA Queer Department, Monash University. 24/06/2013. Topic: Sex and Gender Diversity. Queer Week.
  • Comment on issues and struggles experienced by sex and gender diverse individuals, 20/06/2012 in ‘Zoe Belle Gender Centre’ by Rachel Cook. Melbourne Community Voice (MCV): Gay News Network. Pp 12-13.

Research interests

Gender and health

- Critical men’s studies; men’s health; men’s lived experiences, men’s issues; men’s rights movements; GLBTIQ issues, social disadvantage; marginalised communities; trans, sex and gender diverse studies

Sexuality and Relationships

- Sex, sexuality and gender in the media; postfeminist media cultures; gender, sex, sexuality and pop/fandom culture,exualisation & pornification debates, sexuality studies, raunch culture; body image;

Consulting

men and masculinity

Recent publications

Books

  • Waling, Andrea. (Under Contract). White Masculinity in Contemporary Australia: The good ol’ Aussie bloke. Routledge Publishing. Due for completion Janurary, 2019. 

Journal Articles 

Non-Refereed Articles

Book Reviews

Reports

Media

Conference Papers

  • Waling, Andrea [presenter] & Pym, Tinonee. (2017). The Elusive Dick Pick: Exploring the cultural framing of men’s motivations for sending unsolicited sexually explicit material to women. 2017 Annual American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA) Conference: Honoring Our History, Imagining Our Future. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. March 30th to April 2nd.
  • Waling, Andrea. (2017). “They Thought I Was Like A Dumb-ass Bogan”: Australian Bogans as the Undesirable Masculine Other. 2017 Annual American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA) Conference: Honoring Our History, Imagining Our Future. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. March 30th to April 2nd.​
  • Roffee, James and Waling, Andrea. (2016). Increasing inclusion at university: LGBTIQ student experiences of harassment, bullying and violence in tertiary education. 2016 1st Youth, Health and Practical Justice: An Interdisciplinary Conference. University of Technology, Sydney. December 5th-6th. 
  • Duncan, Duane [presenter]; Waling, Andrea; Angelides, Steven, & Dowsett, Gary. (2016). (Extra)Ordinary Men: Performing Crisis and Masculinity in Media Representations of Men’s Bodies. 2016 The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Cities and Successful Societies. Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. November 28th-December 1st. 
  • Waling, Andrea. (2016). Can I Touch Him?: Erotic Subjectivity, Sexual Attraction and Research with Men’s Stripping. 2016 The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference: Cities and Successful Societies. Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. November 28th-December 1st.
  • Roffee, James [presenter] & Waling, Andrea. (2016). "Research design, participant safety and eligibility: Resolving ethical and methodological challenges when researching with minority populations." Panel: Methodological Issues in Queer Community Research. 2016 The American Society of Criminology: The Many Colors of Crime and Justice. November 16th -19th New Orleans, Lousiana, USA. 
  • Roffee, James [presenter] & Waling, Andrea. (2016). "Rethinking Microaggressions and Anti-social behaviour against LGBTIQ Youth."  2016 British Society of Criminology: Inequalities in a diverse world. 2016 Nottingham Conference Centre, July 6th-8th.
  • Waling, Andrea. (2016). Blokesworld: Consumerism, Reflexive Nostalgia, and the Selling of an ‘Authentic’ Australian Self. 24th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA): (Un)Masking Masculinities: Constructing and Deconstructing Representations of Masculinities. 2016 University of Michigan, March 31st-April 3rd. 
  • Roffee, James [presenter] & Waling, Andrea. (2015).  LGBTIQ people’s experiences of crime and victimisation in safe spaces. The 28th Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference: Security and Rule of Law: The Changing Face of Criminal Justice. 2015 Flinders University, November 25th-27th, Adelaide, SA.
  • Waling, Andrea [presenter] & Roffee, James. (2015). LGBTIQ Experiences in Tertiary Education: Implied Consent, Coming-Out, and Narratives of ‘Non’-Inclusion. 1st Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health (AFSEH) National Conference: Equity and Justice – in Gender, Sexuality, Education and Health. 2015 Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus, November 22nd-23rd, Parramatta, NSW. 
  • Waling, Andrea & Fildes, David. (2015). Men’s Sheds: An Insight into What Works. 11th Australian National Men’s Health Conference: Sharing the Knowledge. 2015 October 20-23rd, Terrigal, NSW.
  • Waling, Andrea. (2013). The Aussie Bloke: An Investigation of Local and Global Mythmaking and the Contemporary Australian Male. [Presented]. 2013 PSI Postgraduate Research Symposium, Monash University, Caulfield, VIC.
  • Waling, Andrea. (2012). Heroes, Fossils and Metros: Narratives of Conflicting Masculinities and Tensions within Contemporary Australian Media. The Gender Games: Stories in/for the Contemporary World; Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, November 26th-27th
  • Waling, Andrea. (2012). Heroes, Fossils and Metros: Narratives of Conflicting Masculinities and Tensions within Contemporary Australian Media (work-in-progress). 2012 PSI Postgraduate Research Symposium, Monash University, Caulfield, VIC
  • Waling, Andrea. (2011). The Melbourne Man: An Investigation of Local and Global Mythmaking and the Contemporary Australian Male (work-in-progress).  2011 PSI Postgraduate Research Symposium, Monash University, Caulfield, VIC.

Guest Lectures 

  • 2016 Men, Masculinity and Society, "Muscles, Beards and the Politics of Men’s Bodies," SoSS, Monash University
  • 2016 Sex and the Media, "Men, Boys and Pornification: Objectifying Men?," SoSS, Monash University
  • 2016 Sex and the Media, "Women, Men and Video Games: Sexualisation, Heterosexism and Anti-Feminism,"  SoSS Monash University
  • 2014 Sex and the Media, "Men, Boys & Pornification,"  SoSS Monash University
  • 2013 Sex, Gender & Knowledge, "Social Constructions of Masculinity," SoSS Monash University
  • 2012 Sex, Gender & Knowledge, "Social Constructions of Masculinity," SoSS Monash University

Symposium Presentations

  • Waling Andrea [Presented]., Duncan, Duane., Angelides, Steven., & Dowsett, Gary. (29.08.2016).  Muscling Up: Masculinity, Bodywork and the Evasion of Sexuality. Public Seminar. Melbourne Feminist History Group, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, AU.
  • Waling, Andrea. (10.11.2015). The Post-PhD Journey. Academic Alternate Careers (ALTAC).  Seminar Presentation. School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Clayton, AU. 

Invited Workshops 

  • Waling, Andrea. (09.12.2015). Men, Violence & Masculinity. Workshop. On The Line, Footscray, AU. 

Research projects

Academic Research

The ‘Dick Pic’: Exploring Men’s Motivations for Sending Unsolicited Explicit Photos to Women' (2016)

Funded by a SPPH Small Research Grant Scheme, 2016, this project intends to explore a previously untapped area of research, which is why men send women unsolicited pictures of their genitalia (otherwise known as ‘Dick Pics’) on various social media platforms such as dating websites (i.e. Tinder).  While emerging research has begun to explore women’s experiences of receiving these pictures and consider the social and legal ramifications regarding them (such as prosecuting for sexual harassment), this project is interested in the other side, which is why heterosexual men choose to send them, and what relationship taking pictures of and distributing them to women has on their sense of masculinity, their physical bodies, their sexuality, and their social relationships with women. This first project comprises of a literature review and small cultural analysis concerning how men's motivations for sending such photos are being framed in contemporary media. 

‘Muscling Up: Australian Men, Sexualisation and Body Image Enhancement’ (2015-2017)

Funded by an ARC Discovery Grant and headed by Prof Gary Dowsett, Dr Duane Duncan and Dr Steven Angelides, this project investigates the body image-enhancing practices of Australian men in relation to broader issues of masculinity and embodied subjectivity in late modernity. In particular, it will explore sexuality as a site of increasing self-reflection. The project will challenge popular readings of men’s body image dissatisfaction as founded on the commonplace that ‘masculinity is in crisis’ by examining changing norms and practices of masculinity and their implications for men’s health and gender order in Australia.

'Moving On: Mental Health, Resilience and Sexual Recovery among Gay Men Living with Prostate Cancer" (2015) 

Funded by a beyondblue grant and working with Prof Gary Dowsett, Asoc.Prof Garret Prestage,  Dr Duane Duncan and Daniel du Plooy, this project explores gay men’s experiences of prostate cancer before, during, and after treatment. It focuses particularly on these men’s experiences of the treatment side-effects of prostate cancer on sexuality and sexual relationships, and the implications of these for their mental health and well-being. The study aims to contribute to building the evidence base for the development of policy, programs and resources by those in the medical, health and community services professions to provide better support for gay men diagnosed with prostate cancer. 

‘The Aussie Bloke: Local and Global Mythmaking and the Contemporary Australian Male‘(2011-2015). 

This PhD research project supervised by Dr Kirsten McLean and Associate Professor Andrew Singleton unpacks the prevalence of iconic masculinities as they infiltrate the Australian consciousness, and determines the extent to which these stereotypes may still hold currency within modern urban Australian society. This is achieved through qualitative content analysis of contemporary Australian media and unpacking the lived experiences of everyday contemporary Australian men. The content analysis from this project were presented at the The Gender Games: Stories in/for the Contemporary World (2012) conference and published in Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge. Subsequent articles from this research are in the process of being adapted.  

Collaborations

Andrea is collaborating with Dr James Roffee  at Monash University and Dr Bianca Fileborn at ARCSHS on a series of research projects investigating LGBTIQ experiences of violence, harassment and bullying. 

‘LGBTIQ Experiences of Inner-Community Violence’ (2016-2017) 

Funded by the Arts Faculty Research Project Seed Fund, this project establishes an important new field of research on in-group violence among LGBTIQ people. It seeks to collate and understand LGBTIQ experiences of victimisation and the impacts of internalised homophobic/biphobic/transphobic incidents.This project resonates with national and international research agendas to address LGBTIQ hate-violence and its socio-economic and political impacts, and promote social cohesion. This research intends to examine how LGBTIQ individuals construct personal subjectivities concerning LGBTIQ safe spaces, and the extent to which they experience harassment, abuse and/or discrimination in the LGBTIQ community.

‘Victimisation of LGBTIQ Youth in University Settings’ (2015-2016) 

Funded by a SoSS Research Committee Grant, this project seeks to collate and understand university students’ experiences of victimisation and the impacts of homophobia/biphobia/transphobia and gay-hate crimes on Australian students. Impacts of this victimisation can be significant with research suggesting that distressed LGBTIQ youth are more likely to be engaging in risky behaviours, have less access to much needed resources, and be at a disproportionate risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts. This project intends to address this void by examining the lived experiences of LGBTIQ in tertiary education.

Applied Social Research

‘Men’s Sheds: An Insight Into What Works’ (2014)

Her most recent social research project was commissioned to provide a community needs assessment of The Building Healthy Men Project at The Men’s Shed Coniston, run by Healthy Cities Illawarra. The purpose of the project was to help direct future funding initiatives, and provide recommendations for potential changes and improvements to the program. Through a survey and interviews, this research draws attention to the needs of men with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds who attend the shed.  The results of this study was presented at the 11th Australian National Men’s Health Conference (2015), was funded by a SoSS Research Committee Grant, and is currently under review as a journal article. 

‘2010 Qualitative Transgender and Transsexual Needs Assessment’ (2010)

In 2010 as part of her field placement at PTS Ottawa (now known as Kind Space), Andrea completed a mixed methods needs assessment of the trans* community of Ottawa to support the larger Transaction Initatives Program. This needs assessment explored the experiences of self-disclosed transgender and transsexual people, asking various questions related to their experiences as a TG/TS person, what services they would like, what services they currently use, geographical locations, ease of use of said services and proper term usage (from their experience and worldview). This assessment examined the level of knowledge, culturally competency, and sensitivity that both self-disclosed transgender and transsexual people have, alongside their views on current services they use. The data obtained in the assessment was used identify target organizations, groups, businesses, and persons that would benefit from training. Results from this assessment aided in the application for, and awarding of an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant of $22, 400 to support the project.