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Phil Barker is the author of The Revolution of Man, a manifesto for a new masculinity, a manhood that is positive, healthy and safe.

As a regular commentator and columnist on men’s issues, he came to see the “performance of being a man, from the moment we open our eyes to our last breath, is damaging us and those around us.”

Phil found the suicide and domestic violence statistics he encountered, as he wrote, so horrific he began a discovery of a better masculinity that eventually became The Revolution of Man.

He writes and speaks on almost every element of masculinity – from suicide to domestic violence, porn to parenting, food to fatherhood, sex, relationships, our bodies … and everything in between.

Phil’s personal path through manhood took him from the rugby fields and farm life of New Zealand to the corporate halls of media and advertising. His columns, book, and regular appearances as a commentator on radio and television burst with extraordinary personal stories of life as a loyal Murdoch lieutenant, journalist, awarded magazine editor, columnist and creative director.

He uses his own experience with suicide and depression, with brutal honesty, to continue the conversation on what it is to be a man and how to be a better man.

An experienced public speaker, broadcaster and TV presenter, Phil has used his creative experience to develop a powerful presentation of The Revolution of Man, which is accessible, clear, simple, elegant, thought-provoking … and a lot of fun.

He has been deeply involved in an ABC documentary by Tracey Spicer, AM, on the #MeToo movement in Australia, out later in 2019.

Tracey endorsed The Revolution of Man with this: “Phil Barker skewers toxic masculinity and provides a manifesto for modern manhood. This well-researched, engaging and thought-provoking book explains why positive masculinity is good for men, women and children. We need more male allies like Phil to create a safer future for the post #MeToo generation.”

Compelling. What does it mean to be a man?  Finally, we’re talking about it. This book is the conversation we need to have with each other, our sons and fathers,” wrote bestselling author, Peter FitzSimons. “A terrific read – gutsy, plain-speaking and personal, addressing almost every aspect of Australian men’s lives today,” said psychologist, and author of Raising Boys, Steve Biddulph.

Phil has more than 25 years’ experience in Australian media and has edited NW and Woman’s Day magazines (an interesting story in itself!) and as a media executive has published Vogue, GQ, donna hay, InsideOut, delicious and many more.

These days, his mission is to start conversations on what it is to be a man, and how to be a better man.

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Testimonials

We had Phil as a guest speaker at our ‘Thinking outside the Man Box’ Men & Masculinity forum in Wodonga. Phil uses his own wealth of professional and personal experiences to illustrate what it means to ‘be a man’ in this day and age, and most importantly, how to be a better man. I would highly recommend Phil as a speaker. You will get humour, raw details, passion and a man dedicated to encouraging us to think outside the man box

—Kat Bennett, Deputy Mayor, City of Wodonga

Sector Connect would like to thank Phil Barker for his exceptional talk ‘The Revolution of Man’, at our Child Protection Forum, which focused on family & domestic violence. Our forum, attended by community service workers from the not for profit sector and government agreed Phil was engaging, informative, thought provoking and entertaining. Phil’s presentation led the way to productive dialogue that has given us a new direction in our plight to achieve better outcomes for families in our region.

—Tania McCurley, Executive Director, Sector Connect

Phil is able to capture the current climate for men and boys in his presentations which can be necessarily challenging and enlightening. Most importantly however, Phil has an incredible insight into his own language and behaviour which means he not only talks the talk but walks the walk so audiences see potentially how they can be.

—Rachael Mackay, Women's Health Goulburn North East

We have received great feedback from Phil’s presentation.  Many have mentioned how they appreciated his vulnerability and the value of hearing his personal stories. His experiences, enthusiasm to share, expertise and vulnerability is so greatly appreciated and has set Cardinia Shire up well to continue the momentum of Together We Can for another 12 months!

—Fiona Cost, Cardinia Shire Council

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