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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 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 Thompson. Details of the censorship can be found in the previous article on this blog. On Saturday [June 9], an open letter was sent to government ministers from several self-described “sex workers”. The letter, penned by well …

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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 28 this year, and on July 3, I happened to notice that it had disappeared from the website. Scoop editor Joe Cederwall and director Alastair Thompson had removed it without consulting with me or letting me know. …

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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 question of gender identity. Q&A ran a six-minute segment focussing on the plight of Penelopy Mansell, a trans-identified male who has put a Wellington women-only gym under the spotlight because it is a space that he believes …

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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, a district of Melbourne, Australia. Eurydice Dixon – a woman I would have very much liked to befriend – was raped and murdered on her way from a stand-up gig. Five days later, two men abducted and …

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“Transwomen are doubleplus good women”: Government receives late submission on Births Bill from Handmaids Association

Earlier this week, a late submission was made on the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration (BDMRR) Bill currently under consideration by a select committee. Public submissions on the Bill overwhelmingly emphasise the issue of gender identity, asking that the current BDMRR Act be amended to allow greater ease in changing the sex marker on …

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Women's gym receives unwelcome visit from “Dick Surprise”

A Wellington women’s gym has received a sign-up request from an unexpected source. Dick Surprise, who identifies as a non-binary pansexual Wellingtonian, sports male genitalia but claims to be a “woman inside”. “I walk past this gym all the time,” Surprise told reporters. “And it really bugs me. Sure, men may control and dominate almost …

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"Sex-based protections are undermined wherever sex is ill-defined": Oral submission to parliament

This is the text of my oral submission on the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill. It was delivered to the select committee at parliament on April 11. In several sections, this Bill challenges understandings of sex that are a) based on biology, b) commonplace and c) form the basis of international mechanisms that …

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The interview on breast binding that "simply dropped out of the system" at Radio New Zealand

On May 3, I was called by a Radio New Zealand journalist to give an interview for Morning Report. The interview concerned my petition challenging a Givealittle campaign that asks supporters for funds to promote breast binding in colonised regions. After completing the interview and preparation, I was informed that this interview “appears to have …

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Press release: Handmaid joins in WWI Dawn Parade

As the grand finale in the World War One centenary series, the 2018 Dawn Parade promised to be quite the spectacle – hundreds of Wellingtonians gathered early this morning at war memorial park for the service. Many of those gathered may have been surprised to see a young woman in handmaids’ attire at the back …

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Patriarchal Bollocks

Press release: ANZAC Day “Patriarchal Bollocks” work temporarily installed at memorial park

This press release was published on Scoop Media and later deleted by Joe Cederwall and Alastair Thompson. Apparently this anti-war protest, involving two bouncy balls, was “too combative” and should have been more “subtle”. I’m guessing that Thompson and Cederwall have not read much about World War One, the arms trade, the history of anti-war …

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