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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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Why I left the left: New Zealand's activist scene is sexism saturated

Like many other Gen X New Zealanders, I grew up with a social conscience, but in a climate of political lethargy. So it was not until my mid twenties that I became an activist. Before then, I would volunteer or collect for charities on and off, whilst struggling to make sense of the world and …

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Protect women's rights and spaces: Submission on the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill

1 March 2018 Submission on the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill To the Governance and Administration Select Committee, I am making this submission to the above committee as an individual. My submission is in response to the opening up of the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act (BDMRRA) for amendments through a …

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The people who wrote to support feminist action at Auckland Pride: Thank you.

Note: GNC is an abbreviation for gender non-conforming.   On the evening of Saturday, February 17, Charlie Montague and I jumped the fence at Auckland Pride to lead the parade and conduct the first televised interview of the event. We – proudly – held a two metre banner reading STOP GIVING KIDS SEX HORMONES – …

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Photo credit: Arthur Francisco

Press release: Feminists Lead Auckland Pride Parade

This press release was sent to major New Zealand media outlets on January 17, and not published. This is a video of our action here.   This evening, feminist activists Charlie Montague and Renée Gerlich dropped a banner at the front of the Auckland Pride Parade. The banner read: STOP GIVING KIDS SEX HORMONES – …

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Power and control

The birds and mice will hear you: On transactivism and the characteristics of totalitarian rule

As soon as I was old enough to understand, my mother warned me that I should be careful about what I was saying. “Remember, Yeonmi-ya,” she said gently, “even when you think you’re alone, the birds and mice can hear you whisper.” Yeonmi Park, In Order to Live   “North Koreans,” writes Yeonmi Park, who …

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Whitewashed "feminism" and the women building Pacific and global solidarity in spite of it

This article can be read in Turkish here.   For Grace and Pala Molisa, though it may not do you justice. On the surface of things, it appears that New Zealand has a thriving feminist movement. Several thousand women marched on the day of Trump’s inauguration in 2016, liberal feminist platform Ace Lady Network has …

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From the fourteenth century Codex Manesse

The new troubadours: On the male crusaders for the left facilitating today's witch hunts

“Make love not war” is still a phrase that captures the left. Tracing its origins takes us back to the medieval troubadours – specifically, to William IX, grandfather of Queen Eleanor. William IX (called “gloriously randy” by one commentator) was Duke of Aquitaine in southern France before he lead the Crusade of 1101. He is …

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Example of a bias call for interviewees bound to alienate prostitution survivors, especially those with typically negative experiences of the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective (NZPC).

It's time students told pro-sex trade academics: #TimesUp

When I began university as an undergraduate, in 2003, I was far from calling myself a feminist. Like many New Zealand school leavers, I had heartfelt but fledgling convictions and, feeling poorly informed, scarce confidence in them. For me, resistance meant making posters targeting the beauty industry that I never pasted anywhere, and fantasising with my …

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Ana Mendieta's 'Untitled (Silueta Series, Mexico),' 1976.

Climate change is not the definitive issue of our time – male violence is

There is a word activists often use to describe environmental devastation. Like the gaping hole that has gutted a glacial mountain peak to construct Freeport mine in Grasberg, West Papua; like the dying off of Northland kauri forests, the beaching of hundreds of whales while seismic testing and deep sea oil exploration continue; the plastic …

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Women are too angry and hungry for freedom to march for "consent"

When I was fifteen, I started going out with my first boyfriend. It was 1999. I still feel blessed by this experience of young love – not that it was not tainted. The guys at school gave me a hard time for not having sex with him – it was, of course, everyone’s business. I …

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