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October 11, 2015

Some good, some bad, and some just plainly wrong, 2015 has been a big year for bills that have the potential to greatly affect women’s lives in New Zealand. Here’s a few of my favourites, for better or for worse: The New Zealand Justice Minister Amy Adams issued a government proposal that has the potential […]

October 4, 2015

Democratic leader and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton running for President has caused a much-needed discussion about feminism to surface—that is, the concept of corporate feminism. I started thinking about this after hearing someone sarcastically state that Clinton should win the election simply because she is a woman. To be fair, many of the articles […]

September 27, 2015

As a feminist I always assumed that my beliefs about, and criticisms of, society were the result of a movement committed to women’s rights. Being from Christchurch—the most painfully white city in New Zealand—I had a limited understanding of how the struggles that me and my white, female peers dealt with were not necessarily the […]

September 20, 2015

White Ribbon New Zealand defines slut-shaming as the idea of shaming or attacking a woman for being sexual, having one or more sexual partners, acknowledging sexual feelings, or acting on sexual feelings. Shaming can be done verbally, or online (usually found in comment sections). Another way of defining slut-shaming is the act of making a […]

September 13, 2015

Creator, writer and star of the HBO series Girls, Lena Dunham is a feminist worth knowing about. She wrote and directed films throughout her time at Oberlin College where she graduated with a degree in creative writing. During her time there she produced several independent short films that she posted to YouTube. Most of them […]

September 6, 2015

Abeer Seikaly is a Canadian-born architect and designer. In 2013 she won the Lexus Design Award for an amazing tent-like structure that has the potential to change millions of lives. People are constantly battling with their environments, especially in places where they cannot afford Western housing with an insulated roof and walls. Based on this […]

August 16, 2015

Last week in the Eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, five women were woken in the middle of the night, dragged from their homes and beaten to death in the street by their neighbours and friends. In parts of India, specifically the Eastern states, there are frequent attacks on women who are believed to be witches […]

August 9, 2015

Most of us have seen the Wicked campervans on the roads, sporting grossly misogynistic slogans such as “Save a lollipop, suck a d**k”, “Save a tree, eat a beaver”, “Fat chicks are harder to kidnap”, or the one I most recently experienced, “In every princess there is a little s**t who wants to try it […]

August 2, 2015

Sandra Bland is a 24-year-old African American activist who passed away on 13 July while being held in a Texas jail. She was a part of the Black Lives Matter movement and posted videos about civil rights in America under the title “Sandy Speaks”. There is a lot of suspicion regarding her death and it […]