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Opinion

July 24, 2017

The Māori word “takatāpui” means “intimate companion of the same sex.” The word made its first recorded appearance in the 1832 edition of Herbert Williams’ Dictionary of the Māori Language. Resources trace some whakapapa of the word back to Te Arawa and the Wairarapa, for fluid gender and sexuality existed in Te Ao Māori long […]

July 24, 2017

In what will come as a surprise to no one, it turns out that the concept of evil is pretty problematic — in more ways than one. The aptly-named “Problem of Evil”, originally formulated by the Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus, remains one of the most famous objections to the existence of a benevolent God. The […]

July 24, 2017

CW: discussions of suicide, homophobia, and transphobia   Most LGBT+ people I know, myself included, have wanted to kill or hurt themselves at some point in their life because of their identity. Because they hate that they have to exist in this world the way we do. It’s so painful having your life already set […]

July 24, 2017

During the winter break I was lucky enough to spend a week in Singapore, floating on its perpetual summer breeze. It happened that my bowl-cut wearing, disco-loving friend Robin was passing through the city for a couple of days. Robin’s a recent graduate of VUW and was embarking on a massive solo Southeast Asia trip […]

July 24, 2017

Yasssssss queen. We’ve all heard it, and many of us have probably let out the occasional “yasss” as well. It’s pretty synonymous with gay culture, yelled out by white twinks everywhere (or otters, hey). Well, at least I thought it was synonymous with white gay culture, screamed in shaky YouTube videos at our favourite pop […]

July 24, 2017

Unnecessarily gendered language you might use, and some alternatives! “Feminine hygiene products.” Tiptoeing around what these products are for adds to the taboo around periods. Also, not everyone who menstruates is female, and not everyone who’s female menstruates! Saying “period products” or “menstruation products” reduces the stigma around periods, is not exclusionary towards trans people, […]

July 24, 2017

To whomever doesn’t think it’s a concern (even though it actually is), In New Zealand, under the Human Rights Act 1993, it is illegal to discriminate against an individual on the grounds of “sexual orientation, which means a heterosexual, homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual orientation” (s 21(1)(m)). In 1993 when the Act was enacted, diverse sexualities, […]

July 24, 2017

A few columns back, I brought up the recent development of artificial wombs. Created at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, these plastic “BioBags” are filled with electrolyte fluids and outfitted with an oxygenator and nutrient-carrying tubes to better simulate the chemical and bacterial environment of a womb than an ordinary hospital incubator. While these artificial […]

July 24, 2017

It’s fair to say that Victoria University of Wellington Law Students’ Society (VUWLSS) has been historically known more for our boozy social events than our commitment to equity. But we are so much more than our seemingly endless supply of warm Bavarias and our embarrassing law camp photos. VUWLSS is growing with the times, and […]