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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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Did you mean "Best We Forget"?

Did you mean "Best We Forget"?

New Lest We Forget flags and ANZAC military and poppy propaganda have sprung up around Lambton Quay and Courtenay Place for this year’s ANZAC campaigns. I think we should change the “L” in Lest to a “B” in that old slogan: make it Best We Forget. Not because we shouldn’t remember World War One – on the contrary – but because …

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I want free self defense classes offered to all women in New Zealand. And I want White Ribbon to pay for them.

I want free self defense classes offered to all women in New Zealand. And I want White Ribbon to pay for them.

White Ribbon is an organisation that owes a great debt to women. White Ribbon is a group of men who recognise that male violence is epidemic, and have come together to take responsibility for and to do something about it. Multiple White Ribbon ambassadors have promoted or perpetrated violence against women before themselves, or still do – either at …

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Submission on the TPPA – Request for assessment of the likely impacts on women

Submission on the TPPA – Request for assessment of the likely impacts on women

Committee Secretariat Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Parliament Buildings Private Bag Wellington 10 March 2016   Submission to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee International Treaty Examination of the Trans-Pacific Partnership We (Pala Molisa and Renee Gerlich) are making this submission to the above committee as individuals. We request that MFAT, or a Ministry facilitated …

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White Ribbon: why I won’t wear one

White Ribbon: why I won’t wear one

Earlier this year, on February 6, hundreds of protesters gathered at an “anti-misogyny” demonstration held in Wellington’s Glover Park. It was Waitangi Day, but the park had been that night’s planned meeting spot for local followers of Return of Kings, an online network of “neomasculinists” lead by U.S.-based Daryush Valizadeh. Valizadeh wishes, among other things, to …

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Anti-propaganda banner drop at Te Papa's Gallipoli exhibition

Anti-propaganda banner drop at Te Papa's Gallipoli exhibition

This is a press release that was sent to media on Thursday, 4 February 2016. Images of the banner and its production have been added, as well as images of the previous night’s protest at the war memorial. On Thursday 4 February, an art intervention will take place inside Te Papa. An 8 metre square banner …

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Ian Fraser's 1983 interview with Clarence Beeby: an excerpt

Ian Fraser's 1983 interview with Clarence Beeby: an excerpt

  FRASER: 1935 is a watershed in New Zealand education. It marks the beginning of a long period of Labour government, a government with a very different education policy from its predecessors. By 1935 as well, we’d started to move out of the Great Depression. How would you describe the education landscape before 1935? BEEBY: …

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Why Wellington Needs a Safehouse for Women Leaving Prostitution

Why Wellington Needs a Safehouse for Women Leaving Prostitution

This article was co-written with Dr. Pala Molisa.   In 2003, New Zealand passed the Prostitution Reform Act, which decriminalized prostitution. In doing so, a new set of public policies was created that extended to sex workers the provision of social services, access to healthcare, and recognition of employment rights that historically had been denied …

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Word Up, Student Teachers!

Word Up, Student Teachers!

This article was first published in Salient magazine, October 4, 2015.  * “…no school system can claim to be just which is organised in such a way as to favour children who have been socialised in one, rather than another part of the social structure of the community that nourishes them. Wherever a school system …

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The World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis Is Still the West’s War on Brown Children

The World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis Is Still the West’s War on Brown Children

This article was first published in Salient, September 27, 2015. * The current refugee crisis has many times been framed as the “worst humanitarian crisis since WWII”. It seems this framing functions to counteract numbness in the West, much like the viral sharing of that gut-wrenching photograph of Aylan, the three-year-old boy taken from this …

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University's Games

University's Games

  In March this year, Victoria University (VUW) launched its new student ‘hub’ complex in Kelburn; the following month champagne flutes were raised in celebration of VUW’s ranking as the number one New Zealand university. Among fraud allegations, a departing vice-chancellor and a struggling student union, Renée Gerlich discovers plenty of toil and trouble beneath …

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