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July 16, 2018

Hi, we’re Kushali and Ruby, and welcome to the Feminist Issue (one of many, hahahaha… ha). More importantly, happy Women’s Week, everybody. And girl, we have a great week ahead of us — we at the Victoria University Feminist Organisation have been working hard to make sure there is no shortage of activities and opportunities […]

June 5, 2018

I’m deeply in love with Salient’s Opinion Issue. It’s been a proud tradition since 2011 and in this day and age of uncertain job markets and uncertain futures, keeping up traditions is something that brings me great comfort. In his editorial, 2015 editor Sam McChesney said “much like arseholes, opinions are wonderful things that are […]

May 28, 2018

I think the reason that it can be hard to care about sustainability is that the planet seems fucked, and we’re all really scared. We’ve been living with this burden for our whole lives, right? We’re the generation that was taught science in primary school by learning about plastic pollution, animal extinction, and how to […]

May 21, 2018

CW: sexual assault. When I was 19 years old, walking down an unfamiliar street in Thailand, my mother told me she had been raped by her father. We’d been arguing that night. She was telling me that she had a “big secret” that would explain things, that she’d tell me once I was older and […]

May 14, 2018

When I first found out on Twitter that the university is planning to change its name, I was confused. Was this a joke? Couple of news articles and a forum from Grant later, I was satisfied that this thing’s for real. For a while I was vaguely against the name change, without really knowing why. […]

May 7, 2018

A bunch of people in NZ end up getting paid less than minimum wage. You’ve got under-the-table cash jobs in hospitality and agriculture. You’ve got people working at doorknocking or selling stuff on the street, usually for charities, who get paid per sign-up, and can earn zero dollars from working all day if they don’t […]

April 30, 2018

Growing up, mental illness was heavily stigmatized in my family. Not in a blatant way, I just picked up on my parent’s attitudes and reactions. I remember one family fight where my mum said to my sister, “maybe you need to see a psychologist”. I remember feeling shocked. “You’ve really gone too far this time,” […]

April 16, 2018

I was sitting with Daniel our feature writer, trying to come up with things that were taboo. “Nothing’s taboo anymore,” he said. “Sex isn’t taboo, drugs aren’t really taboo either (except for meth and I really don’t want to go there)… I don’t really know what to write about.” But as it turns out, there’s […]

April 9, 2018

You know how sometimes you can feel stuck in a place? Not physically, but like, mindset. The people you meet, the places you go, always the same, and then the minute struggles within that small part of the world become all that matter. High school was like that. Looking back, it seemed ridiculous, but at […]