Author Archive: Eleanor Bishop

Well hello there. Eleanor was the Theatre Editor in 2007, now she writes the Women's Column and just generally minces about the Salient office. Eleanor is currently an Honours student in Theatre (with a touch of gender). She also has a BCA in Marketing but she tries to keep that on the d-low (embarrassing, because she loves academic integrity and also perpetuating the myth that she's a tad bohemian). If you've got a gender agenda, woo her by taking her a BYO Malaysian. She lies, if you show any interest at all she'll probably tackle you in the street and force you to write a column.

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From Cork to Beijing

From Cork to Beijing

by / 09/03/09 / 1 Comment

My wide-eyed youthful enthusiasm has passed, and instead of seeing stuff, taking it all in, and snapping a photo as I had in previous travels; in this trip I had experiences. So instead of providing a blow by blow account of exactly what happened on my trip, I thought I’d give you what it felt [...]

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Peaches: A Feminist Perspective

Peaches: A Feminist Perspective

by / 06/10/08 / No Comments

Today I’m going to analyse Peaches in a feminist context. Mainly because it’s easy and I’m a bit worn out from feminist analysis (I had my 489 due in this week). Peaches is a Canadian singer, famous for “her hypersexual brand of rap, raw electronics and rocked-up burlesque.” She played at SFBH last week, is [...]

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Ode to Sarah Palin

Ode to Sarah Palin

by / 29/09/08 / No Comments

Sarah Palin. Hey Sarah Palin! Put down your gun. I’m talking to you. I felt I should write a column about you, cos soon you may be one of the most powerful women in the world. A few people have asked me if I like you, referring me to my (somewhat foolish) comments earlier in [...]

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Real. Hot. Bitches. Word!

Real. Hot. Bitches. Word!

by / 15/09/08 / [ 2 Comments ]

The Real Hot Bitches are a Wellington dance troupe who get together once a week in Lyall Bay to dance to 80s music. But they’re also so, so, so much more. They wear lycra g-strings with gay abandon, they have a collective approach to choreography, they’ve broken the world record for the largest synchronized dance [...]

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I have something positive to say about popular culture for once

I have something positive to say about popular culture for once

by / 01/09/08 / No Comments

This column was inspired by the fact that I got a request for “a feminist interpretation” of Katy Perry’s ‘I Kissed A Girl’. Apparently among my wider peer group I’m now the ‘go-togirl’ for all things feminism. This is something that I like. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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Neo-Burlesque

Neo-Burlesque

by / 11/08/08 / [ 3 Comments ]

The old objectification cloaked in a veneer of chic? Over summer I went to a poetry night at the Mighty Mighty. My friend was reading his poetry and we turned up to support him. As we sat round sipping our CC and drys, I glanced around the room – it was the usual crowd – [...]

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ALAC’s Lisa – warning to be sensible or wrongly blamed victim?

ALAC’s Lisa – warning to be sensible or wrongly blamed victim?

by / 07/07/08 / 1 Comment

I’m sure you’ve all seen the latest batch of ALAC’s “It’s not the drinking, it’s how we’re drinking” advertisements. There was the drunken guy at the BBQ who swings his kid round in an airplane accidentally throwing his child against the wall (idiot); the other drunken guy who starts beating up guys in the pub, [...]

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An open letter to Victoria University – Please don’t mess with Gender & Women’s Studies

An open letter to Victoria University – Please don’t mess with Gender & Women’s Studies

by / 26/05/08 / 1 Comment

It would appear from my graduation ceremony last week that Victoria University highly values a liberal arts education. The graduation speaker congratulated us on choosing to study the arts as they are the backbone of any critical and creative thinking. Share on Facebook+1 on Google+Post to TumblrTweet this

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No Diet Day

No Diet Day

by / 12/05/08 / [ 2 Comments ]

Last Tuesday women everywhere stopped dieting for a day. Why? Because in 1992, British feminist Mary Evans Young decided to stand up and fight the fact that more than half of women in Western countries have anorexia and other eating disorders. She came up with the concept of No Diet Day, an annual celebration of [...]

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Women’s Column

Women’s Column

by / 07/04/08 / [ 7 Comments ]

I want Hilary Clinton to be President. Or at least the Democratic Candidate. Why? Because she’s awesome. Even before Bill Clinton came along she was turning heads. She was a lawyer, the first female partner at her law firm in 1979, and the first female New York senator. As First Lady, she achieved many great [...]

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