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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Censored piece: Jeez, Louise – may we have our own thoughts, please?

This piece starts with an explanatory note and story about the article to follow. The article itself - ...
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Pride, police, politicians, pundits and prison abolitionists: What's going on?

To say the least, there are echoes of the Emperor’s new clothes in our annual Pride Parades. Since ...
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If yoga is a peace practice, can we still do it in Bali?

Article written for West Papua with Sarrah Jayne, Off the Mat Wellington The practice of yoga is an art and a science dedicated to creating union between body, mind and spirit. Its objective is to assist us in using the breath and body to foster an awareness of ourselves and our intimate connection to the unified whole of …

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Still from "Patterns of Growth"

The importance of music at school: lessons from Ngataki

In February this year, Radio New Zealand reported that music in schools is in crisis. Programmes receive meager funding from the Education Ministry, and there are only about six hours of contact time in music for student teachers, who are leaving education faculties completely underprepared to run classroom music programmes. Tim Carson from Music Educators New Zealand Aotearoa (Menza) says he believes that …

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Some johns are policemen: on sexual violence, reporting, and legalising prostitution

Some johns are policemen: on sexual violence, reporting, and legalising prostitution

On May 26, Amnesty International released a policy on prostitution, advocating for the global decriminalisation of prostitution worldwide, framing it as “sex work”. Pimps are legitimate business managers; johns their clients. Over 600 leading feminist, human rights and anti-trafficking organizations that recognise prostitution a form of violence and exploitation, have challenged Amnesty International. Rachel Moran, a …

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On rape culture, and why I wear a whistle

On rape culture, and why I wear a whistle

This piece is written in response to Amnesty International’s just released policy on prostitution, a recent piece on “sex work” published on The Wireless, a courageous woman in Stanford, and for women everywhere.   In recent weeks many of us read the courageous, devastating letter a Standford woman wrote and read in court to the rapist who attacked …

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Why the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective shouldn't get the first and final say on prostitution

Why the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective shouldn't get the first and final say on prostitution

As a rule, trade unions take their industries for granted. We’re not likely to see the president of a miners’ union speak out about fossil fuel extraction because of its connection to climate change, colonisation, or exploitation. Unions exist to advocate and educate workers: they’re invaluable, but they aren’t per se objective. It would be irresponsible …

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How Te Papa exploits its bicultural policy to manufacture Maori consent for whitewashed histories

How Te Papa exploits its bicultural policy to manufacture Maori consent for whitewashed histories

…and why Aotearoa needs to see a 100% Pacific-curated exhibition about the impact of empire, and resistance to empire, in Oceania. * Like the oil reserves that lie deep under the earth and seabed, history is a powerful resource. Appreciated in context, history can help us gain a critical understanding of the present, and so provide an awesome force …

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Te Papa's response to critical engagement: quiet, yet arresting

This year, I’ve been at Te Papa on four separate occasions, to respond to the position on militarism in the Pacific implied in the Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War exhibition. On February 4, Dr Pala Molisa and I dropped a banner that temporarily renamed the exhibition. In April, we went to chalk some messages outside the entrance, questioning Te …

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Gallipoli: The Scale of our War Propaganda

There’s a reason why children play with toy soldiers that are only an inch high. It’s so they can be manipulated in numbers: arranged and positioned into battle scenes and configurations. That’s what the military does, it reduces people to anonymous pawns in a game of empire. Militaries systemically erode and reduce those qualities that make us larger …

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A message to Nicola Young, about her 'begging ban'

A message to Nicola Young, about her 'begging ban'

Nicola Young. I was thinking of you yesterday. I bumped into my friend Arthur, who lives on the streets and we had a chat, including a chat about you and your ideas about regulating the donation of money to people who are homeless. He was talking about his frustrations, about how he’s not engaged in …

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A call to Dutch New Zealanders: support West Papua on Liberation Day

A call to Dutch New Zealanders: support West Papua on Liberation Day

On May 5, the Netherlands celebrates Liberation Day, or Bevrijdingsdag. The day marks the end of the occupation of the Netherlands by Nazi Germany in 1945. This year though, the Netherlands’ Free West Papua Campaign is encouraging a redirection of attention on Liberation Day toward West Papua, by organising a week of awareness raising for West …

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