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Democracy is on the Ballot – watershed US midterms this week.

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 am, November 7th, 2022 - 3 comments

At a campaign event last week President Biden said that in these mid-term elections “democracy is on the ballot”. This is absolutely true, and the outcome will be decided by those who show up to vote.

A week of sideshows

Written By: - Date published: 5:34 pm, August 21st, 2022 - 64 comments

But the past week has been a week of sideshows.  One international as elements of the right try to smear Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin for dancing.  And one local where rogue Labour MP Gaurav Sharma is running out of excuses for not backing up the extraordinary claims he has made about the Labour Party.

Mansplaining Luxon

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, June 30th, 2022 - 14 comments

Fresh from his attempt to alienate the female vote by being equivocal on if a National Government would move to restrict access to abortions yesterday Christopher Luxon compounded things by purporting to speak for all women.

Hey Free Speech Union, Simon O’Connor is being muzzled

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, June 28th, 2022 - 41 comments

Someone should send out the free speech police.  Simon O’Connor has been muzzled and is being stopped from saying what he thinks.

Christopher Luxon’s many and varied abortion takes

Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, June 27th, 2022 - 103 comments

National leader Christopher Luxon who has been previously reported as believing that abortion is murder, issued three public statements over the weekend trying to distance himself from the controversy caused by the US Supreme Court overturning of Rowe v Wade.

The US abortion bans and women’s rights

Written By: - Date published: 12:22 pm, June 25th, 2022 - 103 comments

We have abortion rights by the grace of men.

The Kim Hill/Kathleen Stock interview

Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, May 14th, 2022 - 122 comments

Kathleen Stock: the professor who lost her career amid toxic gender debate

What If Roe v Wade is Really Reversed?

Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, May 10th, 2022 - 35 comments

It is no mere hypothetical to inquire whether States, as soon as the reversal of Roe v Wade is confirmed, start to aggressively go after kinds of contraception.

The end of Roe v Wade

Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, May 4th, 2022 - 149 comments

America’s status as a potentially failed republic is growing stronger with the highest court of the land having a draft judgment leaked in an apparent attempt to shore up a conservative majority position on overturning abortion rights.

UK government signals urgent inquiry into overmedicalisation of gender non-conforming children

Written By: - Date published: 11:24 am, April 24th, 2022 - 40 comments

This is a medical scandal affecting children and teens, and the left is still largely in denial of it.

National still has a culture problem

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, April 3rd, 2022 - 37 comments

This week National found itself the centre of media suggesting that its treatment of women is still not acceptable. A couple of Young Nats were outed as being behind the trolling of Christchurch left wing female politicians. Christchurch city councillor Sara Templeton was on the receiving end of the trolling.  She did the very wise […]

Women who challenged the male domination of sport

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, March 8th, 2022 - 91 comments

History PhD student @LottieHistory wrote a twitter thread recently on the work women have done to participate in sport.

Women’s human rights and the vulnerability of pregnant women

Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, January 31st, 2022 - 211 comments

While social and mainstream media hash out the details of Charlotte Bellis’ situation, her case points to the gross inequity that women still face even in countries like New Zealand.

Astroturfers of the world unite

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, November 20th, 2021 - 52 comments

Two days before what is claimed will be the mother of all protests links between the Groundswell organisation and the Taxpayers Union have been discovered.

What is gender?

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, November 11th, 2021 - 152 comments

“When people are arguing about gender, quite often one of them is talking about sex, one of them is talking about social stereotypes, and a third one is talking about gender identity, and they’re all shouting at each other”

New misogyny same as the old misogyny

Written By: - Date published: 12:38 pm, October 17th, 2021 - 140 comments

At the largest feminist conference in Europe, with a major focus on male violence against women, gender identity activists chose to protest with sexualised violent language and imagery.

Revisiting sports, trans inclusiveness and women’s sex based rights

Written By: - Date published: 2:41 pm, October 1st, 2021 - 86 comments

The UK Sports Council has released new guidance on trans inclusion in sports, including in relation to biological women

The problems for women with sex self-ID in law and society

Written By: - Date published: 10:57 am, September 13th, 2021 - 105 comments

What should have been be a straight forward attending to the documentation needs of trans and non-binary people has become a political mess of conflicts with women’s rights. There is still time to make a submission to the BDMRR Bill in order to protect women’s rights (last day for submissions is Tuesday).

Women, the Taliban and sex based rights

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, August 16th, 2021 - 66 comments

What is being done to women in Afghanistan by the Taliban is sex-based oppression.

Women’s Space

Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, August 1st, 2021 - 58 comments

A dedicated space on The Standard for women’s debate, and introducing the new feminist online space of Women’s Liberation Aotearoa.

“We have to talk about sex. It’s important”

Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, July 28th, 2021 - 145 comments

British philosophy professor Kathleen Stock being interviewed by Redline’s Daphna Whitmore on gender critical feminism and the sex/gender wars. Also, why being able to debate matters.

Women’s Day

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, July 17th, 2021 - 106 comments

A dedicated space on The Standard for women’s debate.

Women and male violence

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, March 15th, 2021 - 37 comments

Sarah Everard’s death has been a touchpaper that has ignited the ever present anger in women at having to live in a world that is fundamentally unsafe for us simply on the basis of our sex.

Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Matters Here

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, September 20th, 2020 - 27 comments

RBG’s death was an important event for women here because it happened on the anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Day 126 years ago.  On this day in New Zealand we celebrate women being able to vote, the women who won further victories of political liberation, and many got together to recount our female heroes enabled by that right and all those rights that followed.

Should the government replace sex data with gender (identity) data?

Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, August 11th, 2020 - 110 comments

Stats NZ want to use gender rather than sex as the default for data collection. But they’ve neglected to ask women about that.

National’s culture review shambles

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, April 10th, 2019 - 79 comments

National’s internal cultural review has been completed but two female MPs most affected by recent events were not interviewed.

The Kavanaugh confirmation hearing

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, September 30th, 2018 - 63 comments

The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing last week showed two extremes, one person describing a painful event in her past life and another person angrily denying that anything happened and claiming it was all about him.

How Patriarchy Works; A Newshub Special Investigation

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, September 25th, 2018 - 80 comments

A schoolgirl correctly identified exactly what caused the stink at Carterton South school. Why wasn’t she listened to?

Litigation and equal pay – a history of the 1950’s equal pay campaign

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, August 28th, 2018 - 3 comments

Forward In 2016 I wrote the below dissertation as part of my History Honours degree at Victoria University.  This dissertation explores the 1950s equal pay campaign, and specifically looks at the Jean Parker Case. Jean Parker was a PSA member employed at IRD, who like Kristine Bartlett 60 years later, won a landmark equal pay legal […]

Period. End. Done.

Written By: - Date published: 12:12 pm, August 26th, 2018 - 42 comments

The Scottish government has just taken a massive step to eradicate period poverty. Why not here?

Coming up, Babies!

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, June 15th, 2018 - 68 comments

Jacinda’s baby is going to be big news soon.

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