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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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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 – which is about gender authoritarianism – begins below the italics, if you prefer to skip. On November 30, I wrote this article at the suggestion of a well-known columnist, who passed it on to New Zealand Herald …

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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 2013, Auckland’s Pride board has received significant state and corporate support to run an annual festival famed for extravagance and exhibitionism in the heart of New Zealand’s biggest city. Meanwhile, the public is supposed to accept a …

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By the numbers: The oppression of women and girls globally

Last updated: 31.03.20 Previous: 29.03.20, 01.08.19, 26.01.19, 23.01.19, 22.01.19, 30.12.18, 28.12.18, 27.11.18, 15.11.18, 13.11.18, 3.11.18, 21.10.18, 17.10.18, 12.10.18, 10.10.18, 2.10.18, 29.09.18 Military spending According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, global military spending now exceeds 1.3 trillion dollars. Source: Aric McBay, “Civilization and other hazards”, in “Deep Green Resistance”. Murder and male violence A …

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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 million Justice Summit with restorative justice high on the agenda. At the time, Victoria University was wrapping up a free online course catering to over 1,800 students called “Restorative Justice and Practice: Emergence of a Social Movement.” …

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Professor Anita F. Hill, right, is sworn-in to testify before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the confirmation of Judge Clarence Thomas to be Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court by Chairman Joseph Biden (Democrat of Delaware) in Washington, DC on October 11, 1991. Credit: Arnie Sachs / CNP - NO WIRE SERVICE - Photo by: Arnie Sachs/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

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 Icelandic women’s movement since the 1970s, a movement that initially drew attention to the prevalence of incest in Iceland – fathers raping daughters – before setting up refuge shelters. Through those shelters, women discovered the extent and …

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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 of women’s status in New Zealand, to paint an overall picture of the more urgent aspects of women’s status and encourage readers to make critical connections. Last update: 30.10.19 Previous: x.10.19, 26.07.19, 08.04.19, 21.11.18, 29.09.18, 27.09.18, 22.09.18, …

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Books

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. Terror from the Indonesian government itself – killing people in a subtle way. They give injections to pregnant women – but it is not the right medicine… it kills the baby. Esther Tapnesa on living under the U.S.-backed …

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MaryLou

Gender identity: Quick facts and stats

This is a collection of facts and statistics relating to gender identity, catered to a New Zealand audience.   Who identifies as transgender? Heterosexual adult males comprise the majority of adult-to-trans people (Sheila Jeffreys, Gender Hurts). Though transgenderism is often represented as indigenous, these men are mainly white. The overwhelming majority retain their male genitalia. …

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Healy

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 Thompson. Details of the censorship can be found on previous censored and republished piece, here. “It is not uncommon for it to take 20 minutes or longer for the anus and rectal passage to expand and embrace …

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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 – so freely that they can admit to rape, without consequence. That is what “GC12” did when he published the following: She didn’t really want to be touched anywhere which I found pretty restrictive. Then she pretty …

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