I live in England so it is hard to keep abreast of what is going on in Australia, so I must apologise if this sounds patronising.
Sometime ago I wrote with the support of SPCA to the Attorney General to complain about the Australian government using the work of Dr McIntosh. It is all well and good in party politics to lean to the left or right but when you represent the law, as the Attorney General, then you should represent all Australians because justice is impartial.
However Dr McIntoshes Guidelines for Toddlers were so sexist it was clear she was operating according to her own gender political motives. These guidelines necessarily disqualified her from any participation as a government adviser because they showed she could not be objective. Thus the letter.
My own expertise is on the study of Child Psychology and Child Sociology research and my major criticism was that she had based her work on Bowlby's flawed theory of 'maternal deprivation'.
Subsequently I discovered Dr McIntosh was a guest editor for the journal Family Court Review on Attachment which showed she did indeed take her ideas from the work of Bowlby.
At the time I argued with some 'mad' woman on this forum that McIntoshes views were in fact a load of baloney.
I also went onto 'Dads on the Air' to tell people that her Toddler Guidelines are nonsense.
But she had the support of the journal, as guest editor, and the ear of the judiciary in Australia. So who am I to say?
Anyway fast-forward to Wednesday when I was notified of an article that appeared in the same journal defending McIntosh.
Of course this caught my interest and I investigated.
What has apparently happened is that the special guest edition has caused a controversy. Notable academics such as Michael Lamb have taken the highly unusual step of contacting the journal to complain.
In my earlier posting on this forum called, tongue in cheek, 'The rise and rise of Jenn McIntosh' I drew attention to the controversy going on in academic circles. YOU MUST GO TO THAT POSTING TO GET LINKS TO THE RELEVANT ARTICLES!!!
I was also sent an article specifically criticising Jenn McIntosh which I also posted on the forum as 'Have the wheels come off Jenn McIntosh PhD?'. GO TO THAT ARTICLE TO READ WHAT AN ACADEMIC HAS TO SAY ABOUT DR MCINTOSHES SEXIST ACCOUNT. (I have not changed the article or commented). BASICALLY IT SAYS THERE IS NO (NONE!) RESEARCH EVIDENCE TO SAY THAT CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED OVERNIGHT CONTACT WITH THEIR FATHERS!!!! HONEST!!! YOU WILL HAVE TO GO THAT POSTING TO READ THE ARTICLE IN 2 PARTS BECAUSE IT WAS TOO LONG.
I do not know. This may be old news to you. Perhaps you have ditched the Toddler Guidelines and McIntosh is locked up in prison somewhere?
However if you need ammunition to put her there then get a copy of the journal and read Michael Lamb's comments!!!!!
Anyway, I have had to clarify my previous postings because the SPCA Secretary contacted me to say they did not make much sense.
I hope this goes some way to clarify my earlier postings and thank him again from the bottom of my heart for the support he gave me at the time when contacting the Australian Attorney General.
I hope SPCA's faith in me has been amply vindicated by the comments that are now being voiced by academics far more knowledgeable than myself about the work of Jenn McIntosh.
Kingsley Miller kip
LINK to letter on forum to Attorney General;
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