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Take abortion out of the Crimes Act

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, December 14th, 2017 - 50 comments

Abortion is still a crime in NZ. It’s time to change the law so that women don’t have to lie about their mental health to get the health care they need.

Shaking the Tree

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, December 11th, 2017 - 69 comments

When an apple tree is shaken, pips can fall to the ground and germinate. And then things grow back more or less as before.

Voltairine de Cleyre

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 am, December 9th, 2017 - 15 comments

When history buries treasures, those treasures don’t have to remain buried.

People of the Year

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, December 7th, 2017 - 134 comments

Time has named participants of the #MeToo campaign its people of the year. So why hasn’t the movement taken hold in New Zealand the way it has in the United States?

Marama Davidson – Honouring Influential Women

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, December 2nd, 2017 - 22 comments

“Our role in Government is to protect and support the work that these grassroots influential women are doing. Our role is not to continue to create and place barriers in their way.”

Speaking of mothers

Written By: - Date published: 1:28 pm, September 5th, 2017 - 31 comments

There’s a direct relationship between how badly we treat mothers and how much we exalt neoliberalism.

Sexist pigs and lipstick

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, August 21st, 2017 - 119 comments

I like some TOP policy I really do, but Gareth Morgan needs to stop being a dick if he wants to get his party over the line.

NACT

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, August 9th, 2017 - 5 comments

“Here’s a new idea for the Tories: Why not ask a simple question every time you propose a course of action: Is this morally just?”

Messages for the Left

Written By: - Date published: 6:59 am, August 6th, 2017 - 106 comments

Kōrero Pono writes about the class divide within the parliamentary Left and the importance of the wider Left’s message in this election.

Women, know your place!

Written By: - Date published: 12:11 pm, August 3rd, 2017 - 54 comments

What decade are we in again?

Nats deny women pay equity transparency

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, May 11th, 2017 - 44 comments

As usual National proves itself to be no friend of women. They have voted the Equal Pay Amendment Bill down because they will always choose employers over people.

International Women’s Day, 47 years on, how far have we come?

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 pm, March 8th, 2017 - 50 comments

Test of a speech given by feminist icon Sandra Coney on the state of the feminist movement in 2017

We Are All ‘Identarian’ Now

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 am, February 14th, 2017 - 106 comments

There has been an unfortunate trend developing in recent weeks, of negatively labelling people who dare to have a different opinion on equality to the labeller, as identarian. This description is something to be appreciated in these times when dark forces appear to be on the rise again.

Trump’s global gag law on abortion

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, January 24th, 2017 - 52 comments

“Donald Trump signs anti-abortion executive order surrounded by men”

Protest Marches

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, January 22nd, 2017 - 60 comments

The Sister Marches have been a huge success worldwide.

Women to protest Trump’s inauguration

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, January 17th, 2017 - 39 comments

Various events are planned in protest around Trump’s inauguration. One of them is a series of marches organised by and for women. There are (at time of writing) 386 marches organised world wide, including in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

NRT: “A stupid idea”

Written By: - Date published: 10:28 am, November 28th, 2016 - 89 comments

I/S at No Right Turn on Key’s statement that a gender-balanced cabinet is “a stupid idea”.

National better late than never on pay equity

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, November 26th, 2016 - 4 comments

A 2015 court decision forced National’s hand on pay equity. This week the equity working group reported back. To its credit National is accepting the recommendations, and unions are hailing a big win. But the final form of any law is not yet clear.

Conservative, honky males in suits

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, October 31st, 2016 - 22 comments

As a government National is no friend to women, and as a party National has structural problems with selecting and supporting women. Stacey Kirk in the SST writes on National’s lack of female depth.

Guest post: Swipe right for sexism

Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, October 21st, 2016 - 22 comments

Originally posted at Tangerina. This is in response to an earlier column Society, not rugby, needs to change its culture by Peter Jackson, Editor of the Northland Age.  Mr Jackson is right; society does need to change its culture. Rugby doesn’t exist in a vacuum – it’s played and managed by people. Imperfect people, impressionable people, people […]

The Age of the Bitch.

Written By: - Date published: 3:03 pm, October 17th, 2016 - 113 comments

– time for misogynists to feel our anger.

Last chance to sign the equal pay petition

Written By: - Date published: 5:05 pm, August 29th, 2016 - Comments Off on Last chance to sign the equal pay petition

New Zealand’s record is shameful. It is long past time or equal pay. You can sign the petition here.

Foreskin’s lament

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, August 7th, 2016 - 49 comments

The Waikato Chief’s mad Monday shows that Rugby’s attitude to women are still mired in the past and a threat to New Zealand’s interests, as well as an affront to all women.

Is US Green Party’s Jill Stein the new people’s champion?

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, July 28th, 2016 - 109 comments

Plus she makes Fox News reporters’ heads explode.

The toxic masculinity of Return of Kings

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, February 4th, 2016 - 28 comments

John Palethorpe on the Return of Kings group and plans to oppose their misogynist view and celebrate by way of a peaceful counter protest.

How to improve pay gender equality

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, January 15th, 2016 - 17 comments

It’s been a hardy annual finding of late – the pay gap between males and females is getting steadily worse. History suggests that Labour governments have some answers…

When survivors speak out

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, November 12th, 2015 - 45 comments

Previously posted at Boots Theory. Content note: discussion of sexual violence and the experience of survivors. Yesterday I did a round-up of the women’s voices on Twitter talking about recent events in Parliament, where women MPs from the Opposition, many of them survivors of sexual violence, were thrown out of the House for taking exception […]

International shame – again

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, November 12th, 2015 - 64 comments

Key and Carter have brought NZ international shame yet again. Males in a position of power using rape as a cheap political tactic and then punishing women for speaking up. Brighter Future.

Labour, identity, class and winning

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, November 9th, 2015 - 54 comments

The question of identity politics and Labour’s direction just never go away. But maybe we’re just thinking about it all wrong.

NZ number one in the world – and it’s all bad news

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, October 27th, 2015 - 388 comments

Rachel Stewart writes about a disaster for this country.

The equal pay initiative

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, October 22nd, 2015 - 17 comments

After twice killing off pay equity legislation (2009, 1990), National have been forced to confront the issue again.

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