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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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By Deidra Sullivan: Dear Women's March Organisers – Name the Problem of Pornography

This letter can be edited or sent as is to Women’s March organisers in your area. Suggested Subject line heading: Name the problem: Pornography is male sexual violence against women. Dear Women’s March organizers, Thank you for the time, energy and effort you have put into organizing the women’s march initiative, and in advocating for …

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On Golliwogs and Barbie dolls – and liberal double standards

Nip it in the bud. It’s a good principle, when it comes to expressions of injustice in general – and the Golliwog dolls recently resurfaced in a store on Waiheke island, New Zealand, in particular. While Golliwog dolls are not exactly a norm in New Zealand the way they are in, say, the Netherlands – …

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07:  In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Oprah Winfrey accepts the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award   speaks onstage during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

Will the brighter morning come?: On Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes speech

Any time you beg another man to set you free, you will never be free. Freedom is something that you have to do for yourself. – Malcolm X Her childhood memory of Sidney Poitier at the Academy Awards, her sisterly tribute to Recy Taylor and Rosa Parks; her announcement that the TIME’S UP! for sexual …

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The article on prostitution the Women's Studies Journal requested – then brushed off

In October last year, a request to write a critical article for the Women’s Studies Journal was passed on to me. I was given a rather open brief to write a piece looking at the violence in prostitution in New Zealand, at short notice. The editors had done a call out for their “sex work” …

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India's Red Brigade. Founder Usha Vishwakarma is in white trousers. Source: Guardian

How a whitewashed “choice” feminism undermines women's resistance all over India

“I know rape happens everywhere,” senior advocate of India’s Supreme Court, Indira Jaising, recently told Al Jazeera, “but you don’t see the kind of impunity for rape as you see in India.” Women all over India are fighting rape through running self defense groups and girls’ schools – and by working to dismantle institutions designed …

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Sex trafficking by deceit and complicity: an exchange with Salient magazine and the Press Council

In August this year, I discovered that Salient magazine – Victoria university’s student magazine – has a five year history of promoting the sex trade to students. It was their publication of an article titled Sex Work and Self Care: The Taboo of the Unrepentant Whore that made me search their archives, since the article …

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How New Zealand's sex trade lobby keeps a gag on feminism

The New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective (NZPC) is New Zealand’s sex trade lobby. It was established in the 1980s as a group of nine women who gathered to protect themselves from the abuses of pimps, johns, police officers, and the spread AIDs. Its members also worked to advocate for law change in the interests of prostituted …

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New Zealand: We need to talk about Rory Francis

On August 24, the Herald reported how Rory Francis, an HIV-positive recidivist child abuser, has been released on parole having claimed the identity of a “woman”. Police reporter Anna Leask obediently relayed this story using female pronouns, almost making more of Francis’ gender “transition” than his child abuse. The usual suspects, journalists like Lizzie Marvelly, …

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Transactivism is making a mockery of the fight against female genital mutilation

First, do no harm – Hippocratic Oath   About three years ago, Lisa Irwin, who identifies as a transwoman, travelled from New Zealand to Bangkok for gender reassignment operations. “I hoped that it would make me feel totally complete, as a “woman”,” says Lisa. “So I could get on with my life and start enjoying …

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When you compare prostitution to mining – and protest "the rape of the earth"

The image above is Freeport mine in Grasberg, West Papua. Largely owned by U.S. company Freeport McMoRan, this is the largest gold mine and the third largest copper mine in the world. It used to be a glacial mountain peak – now it is a stomach-turning hellhole. Waste from the mine pollutes the river system, …

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