Rights

Feminism, Health, Rights

Rape is easy here

Rape is easy here

Trigger Warning. The world isn’t exactly crying out for more opinions on the Roast Busters from straight white cis-men. Sorry world, I’m gonna opine.

by × November 11, 2013 × 8 comments

Politics, Rights

The Edge of Reason: NZ’s Prison Rate, we’re number 6!

The Edge of Reason: NZ’s Prison Rate, we’re number 6!

Al Jazeera recently aired a documentary on Maori in prisons as part of 101 East, its weekly Asian affair programme. It included the oft-repeated claim that New Zealand has “the second highest imprisonment rate in the western world”,

by × November 11, 2013 × 2 comments

Feminism, Rights

On Roast Busters and Radio Live – rape isn’t a drunken oversight.

On Roast Busters and Radio Live – rape isn’t a drunken oversight.

Warning: Trigger warning for rape. The following story was sent to us and for obvious reasons the writer asked to remain anonymous. 

by × November 6, 2013 × 6 comments

Politics, Rights

Metiria Turei: Our own will rightly hold us to account

Metiria Turei: Our own will rightly hold us to account

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei has submitted the below as a guest blog. We didn’t ask for any specific topic so it was fair game.

by × October 30, 2013 × 2 comments

Politics, Rights

It’s been a lot of fun: Why I’m worried about National

It’s been a lot of fun: Why I’m worried about National

“One option is the Government says: ‘Thanks very much, it’s been a lot of fun. If you don’t want to take the offer, that’s where it’s at‘.”

by × September 2, 2013 × 3 comments

Rights

Drugs: We’re doing it wrong

Drugs: We’re doing it wrong

New Zealand isn’t strictly speaking part of the United States’ War on Drugs, but if we had to pick a side, it would probably be theirs.

by × August 29, 2013 × 5 comments

Rights, Tech

GCSB redux

GCSB redux

John Campbell didn’t distinguish himself last week when he finally got the chance to interview the Prime Minister about the GCSB Bill.

by × August 19, 2013 × 1 comment

International, Rights

Making a difference

Making a difference

Some people are just good people. They do their part to make the world a better part and help ease suffering. Morgue Davie has found just such a soul: Karen from makeadifference.org.nz.

by × July 30, 2013 × 2 comments

General, Rights, Tech

Shaming: it’s a bit crap for everyone

Shaming: it’s a bit crap for everyone

It’s no surprise to anyone that Twitter and Facebook are filled with vile, racist, homophobic, bigoted awfulness. Because humanity is filled with vile, racist, homophobic bigots.

by × July 9, 2013 × 3 comments

International, Rights

Is Richard Dawkins a dick?

Is Richard Dawkins a dick?

So here’s my quandary. I think Richard Dawkins has a lot of good stuff  to say, and I think his message is an important one

by × July 3, 2013 × 18 comments

Reviews, Rights

I’m not a fascist but…

I’m not a fascist but…

By Scott Common We vote to select our government, both local and regional. It’s used in our entertainment, from Survivor to talent shows.

by × July 2, 2013 × 0 comments

Rights, Tech

It’s my privacy and I’ll cry if I want to

It’s my privacy and I’ll cry if I want to

The status quo: We’ve heard a lot in the news lately about spying. Edward Snowden is a name that will be familiar to a lot of people.

by × June 24, 2013 × 6 comments

Feminism, Rights

Is it OK?

Is it OK?

This Saturday, the All Blacks play the second test against France in Christchurch. Among the line-up named for this weekend’s much anticipated test match is winger, Julian Savea.

by × June 14, 2013 × 6 comments

Rights, Tech

All you wanted to know about PRISM but were afraid to ask because someone might be watching (they probably are)

All you wanted to know about PRISM but were afraid to ask because someone might be watching (they probably are)

Much has been made in the last half week of an intensely invasive programme run by America’s National Security Agency (NSA) called PRISM.

by × June 11, 2013 × 3 comments

Feminism, Rights

The F-Word

The F-Word

So last time I talked about the f-word I looked at how I think feminism is failing. One way I am measuring this is that the great majority of women don’t want to call themselves feminist any more because it seems unnecessarily difficult – both in reputation and in practise.

by × June 6, 2013 × 2 comments

Feminism, Rights

Pink/Blue

Pink/Blue

Me to my 2-year-old daughter: – Are you a boy or a girl? *pause* – I aren’t.

by × June 5, 2013 × 41 comments

Rights

It's so handy when racism wears a uniform.

Been spending most my life living in a bigot’s paradox

There’s that old cliche, where the racist old person starts talking. And they’re usually old. When you get to that old stage you find that the racism permeates both genders

by × June 3, 2013 × 5 comments

Feminism, Rights

Where’s the bacon?

Where’s the bacon?

In the last year the gender gap increased from 12.85 per cent to 14.18 per cent to the biggest it has been in a decade.

by × May 22, 2013 × 1 comment