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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.

Amy Adams is confused about Judicial appointments

Written By: - Date published: 11:12 am, August 8th, 2015 - 18 comments

Amy Adams has congratulated Chris Finlayson’s commitment to equality in Judicial appointments for the first all female Court of Appeal sitting.  However each of the Judges had been appointed to the Judiciary by the last Labour Government.  And Finlayson’s history of judicial appointments still favours male appointments.

Older white men paid double young ethnic women

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, June 28th, 2015 - 166 comments

That’s not my headline. That’s Stuff’s business section’s headline.

Our assumptions about work and workers

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 23rd, 2015 - 51 comments

Beyond discrimination against women, there’s a broader set of assumptions we make about work and workers, and it’s hurting us – workers, society, and business.

Sexism, babies, and our assumptions about work

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 22nd, 2015 - 42 comments

It’s 2015, and we’re constantly told that sexism is over, feminism has had its day – so why can’t this woman find a job?

Support Wellington Rape Crisis this week

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, May 4th, 2015 - Comments Off on Support Wellington Rape Crisis this week

This week is Wellington Rape Crisis’ annual appeal.

Key on women’s rights

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 1st, 2015 - 29 comments

Key dodges women’s rights issues in Saudi Arabia. For obvious reasons really. In other media coverage of ponytail fallout…

(Image from Emmerson in The Herald)

Pull the other one… ponytails, minimisation and male privilege

Written By: - Date published: 5:48 pm, April 25th, 2015 - 407 comments

From pulling ponytails to police minimisation, there is a deep problem in our country with attitudes towards women and to sexual violence.

Helen Clark’s statement on International Women’s Day

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, March 8th, 2015 - 64 comments

“International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.”

Gender pay gap still growing – of course

Written By: - Date published: 12:18 pm, March 7th, 2015 - 41 comments

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. In New Zealand the gender pay gap is growing – perhaps because National abolished the Department of Labour’s Pay and Employment Equity Unit.

New blog – Edge Times

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, February 22nd, 2015 - 45 comments

Karol, ex of The Standard (and sorely missed), has started a new blog covering a mix of politics and popular culture. Please head on over and visit!

Revolutionary Spain, Revolutionary Syria, and the Bastards We Vote For.

Written By: - Date published: 3:36 pm, February 11th, 2015 - 63 comments

It seems that just as the 30’s offered the chance to turn dreams into reality, Syria is offering that chance up to ‘the left’ today. Suddenly, for me, the recent travel bans and the passport confiscation laws etc make sense since we are potentially looking at an international influx of non-nutters and non- psychopaths as happened during the Spanish Revolution of the 30s.

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