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AuthorLaura Somerset

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October 8, 2018

It’s getting to that point of the trimester when there’ll be at least one person crying to their parents on the phone whenever you’re in the library. Kia kaha, my friends — we’re so close to the finish line. Reading is a far superior stress coping mechanism than tagging your friends in Bad Memes for […]

August 13, 2018

I struggled to find time to write this article, because I’m moving back in with my parents this weekend. I recently spent all of my savings on tickets to Japan and then, upon checking my bank account, promptly bid my flatmates goodbye. Although this experience proves that I am unqualified to dish out financial advice […]

August 6, 2018

Romy Hall is 27 years old when she kills her stalker, a client at the strip club where she works, with a crowbar. Her public defender in court is overworked and underpaid, and lands her with two life sentences in Stanville Prison. Her son falls into the foster care system and is soon lost to […]

July 23, 2018

Growing up in the days before high-speed internet, my sexuality education was gained through the copy of What’s Happening to Me? that was slid underneath my bedroom door on my 11th birthday. These puberty books shaped the way that whole generations came to understand sexuality and identity during our most formative adolescent years, when we […]

July 16, 2018

I thought I was every bit the sex-positive, feminist Wellingtonian stereotype up until I started this book in my dentist’s office and he happened to ask me what I was reading. A more-uncomfortable-than-necessary conversation ensued, which was only cut short by him putting his hand inside my mouth. Considering what we had just been discussing, […]

May 28, 2018

Bill McKibben lays claim to a number of accolades: he founded 350.org, the first global grassroots climate movement, he won a Gandhi Peace Award for his work in environmentalism, he wrote The End of Nature, the seminal book on climate change, and he was once arrested for protesting outside a gas station, so girls are […]

May 28, 2018

Say what you want about environmentalists, but when it comes to thrift shopping we know our shit. Buying your clothes second-hand saves so many resources it’s unreal, making it a rare ethical lifestyle choice that’s still actually enjoyable (I miss cheese so much you guys). Thrift 5/5 For me, Thrift is king. Hear me out: […]