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By the numbers: The oppression of women and girls globally

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#MeToo and the call for "restorative justice": Are they compatible?

In New Zealand, “restorative justice” (RJ) advocacy is currently in vogue. In August, the government held a $1.6 ...
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Original sin: How the law makes a crime of being female

“The justice system is the core of patriarchy,” Gudrun Jonsdottir told me. Jonsdottir has been part of the ...
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The status of women in New Zealand: A summary of findings and independent working report

This report gathers findings from a range of sources, as well as including anecdotal material on unresearched aspects ...
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The demons within: On liberal opposition to Nazism in the face of popular eugenics

My sister had to run away to the jungle. There are a lot of things we have experienced. ...
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Gender identity: Quick facts and stats

This is a collection of facts and statistics relating to gender identity, catered to a New Zealand audience. ...
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Censored from Scoop: Healy and NZPC should be under investigation – not knighted

This article was recently removed from Scoop Media without notice, by that great advocate of free speech, Alastair ...
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Adding insult to injury: On the invisibility of women in men's "free speech debate"

On Adult Forum, New Zealand's largest forum dedicated to sex trade advertising and reviews, men can speak freely ...
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Censored from Scoop: NZPC slammed in open letter to ministers from “sex workers”

This article was recently removed from Scoop Media without notice, by that great advocate of free speech, Alastair ...
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Censored from Scoop: Green Party sex self-identification proposals are “transphobic”

I am getting very used to censorship by so-called leftist outlets. Scoop Media published this article on May ...
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Censorship, big money, blackmail and backlash: Why more New Zealand women aren't speaking out on gender identity

Last week, I was offered a chance by TV One's Q&A to present a feminist take on the ...
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New Zealand women, speak out: Misogynists are getting bolder

Between June 12 and 17, two women were violently raped by strangers, while out in public in Carlton, ...
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On Finding Spirit (My story of reading and radicalising: Part II) 

If we were going to start from scratch why not deconstruct the whole premise? – DQ Through a political act I became a spiritual woman. – Chris Sitka For me, 2019 has been a year of exploring the overlapping worlds of feminism and spirituality. For a long time, I’ve been craving and moving toward a …

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On Finding Solidarity (My story of reading and radicalising: Part I)

No more can I dull my rage In alcohol and deference To men’s courts I will come to my sisters, Not dutiful, I will come strong – Pat Parker (from Womanslaughter)   It’s the last new moon before the start of a new decade, and while I haven’t written on my blog for the last …

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Transgenderism, Neoliberalism and Rape Culture: Brisbane talk

Below is the text of a twelve-minute talk I gave in Brisbane on October 12, 2019. The talk can be viewed here. The event was hosted by the International Women’s Day Brisbane/Meanjin committee, and the other presentations on transgenderism and rape culture, lesbian erasure, women’s reproductive rights, sports and the left, can be found on …

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Real “wellbeing” means addressing the demands of midwives, teachers – women

During the election period in 2017, historian Anne Salmond wrote hopefully about an emerging trend she called “Jacindamania.” The appeal of Jacinda Ardern, leader of New Zealand’s Labour Party, was due to the fact that people want real “change”: “after 33 years of the cult of the ‘free market’ from both major parties, many Kiwis are finding …

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Gender harms women: Feedback on international recommendations to the New Zealand government

Feedback on the recommendations from New Zealand’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council in Geneva The governments of Iceland and Australia have recommended that New Zealand amend Section 21 of our Human Rights Act (HRA) 1993, by adding “gender identity” as a prohibited ground for discrimination. The concept of “gender identity” …

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"Where are the women?": An interview with Cynthia Enloe

I began to read feminist literature — real, radical feminist literature — around 2014, and found it transformative. Cynthia Enloe is one of my favourite feminist authors, because reading her book Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics broadened my horizons all over again. Cynthia’s work looks at the sexual politics of …

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Feminists must think radically to reject sex self-identification laws

Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them. — Assata Shakur   On the evening of February 25, feminists in New Zealand celebrated a victory. A reformist campaign named Speak Up For Women has been drawing attention to …

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Transgenderism: the latest phase of disaster capitalism

Believers in the shock doctrine are convinced that only a great rupture – a flood, a war, a terrorist attack – can generate the kind of vast, clean canvases they crave. It is in these malleable moments, when we are psychologically unmoored and physically uprooted, that these artists of the real plunge in their hands …

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Conquest: on the inseparability of militarism and prostitution

As long as men have gone to war, they have kidnapped women and children for sexual slavery. According to historian Gerda Lerner, military conquest led to the enslavement and sexual abuse of captive women in the third millenium BC. In The Creation of Patriarchy, Lerner writes, “As slavery became an established institution, slave owners rented …

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The creation of patriarchy: How did it happen?

I began with the conviction, shared by most feminist thinkers, that patriarchy as a system is historical: it has a beginning in history. If that is so, it can be ended by historical process. Gerda Lerner, The Creation of Patriarchy This essay draws heavily on three texts: Gerda Lerner’s ‘Creation of Patriarchy,’ Marilyn French’s ‘The …

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