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Opinion

September 11, 2016

That’s like the actual definition of privilege—not having to think about the advantages that you’re lucky enough to have.

September 11, 2016

Whakairihia ko ‘te tinana’ ki paetara hei wetewete, hei wāwāhi mā te hirikapo.  Ko te tinana ka hono nei ki a hinengaro, ki a wairua kia hau mai ko te ira o te tangata me ōna, mana, tapu, ihi, aha atu, aha atu.  Ko te tinana te waka kawe i a tātou, o tātou wairua, […]

September 11, 2016

We’ve spent a bit of time this week looking through a few blogs that follow people’s journeys to body building competitions. The blog entries are full of fat tracing, carb shredding, and mentions of dizziness; of 1000 calorie consumptions, low energy, and all the extremes that make up the journey to drastically alter one’s shape […]

September 11, 2016

Like many others, the insecurities of my body are evident. Whether it is in my self-loathing tweets made in the early hours, or in the various scars physically evident on my body. They are all part of a long (and continuous) struggle of self-love. I can remember the exact moment I started to dislike my […]

September 11, 2016

You’ve been down, maybe it’s just that you have to be close to the ground for the world to speak; so the things you hear don’t punch you any lower because there’s bound to be mud and blood and worm-halves down there.   Ever since I started ‘growing up’ there have been people teaching me […]

September 11, 2016

Everybody loves dick. Or so it seems that way, when all your friends are straight girls who think they’re in love or at least getting laid. Long-term dick, short-term dick, dick they’re trying to get, dick they’re trying to avoid. Yet I cannot relate to the fuck boi problems attached to said dicks because I’m […]

September 11, 2016

I hope that you all have had a great trimester so far. We’re in the second half and this is the last PGSA column of 2016. I would like to take the time to discuss the postgraduate ‘body’. One would hope that you, the postgraduate body, feel that you have exactly the same rights to […]

September 11, 2016

“Oka se Laura!”* is not exactly what I want to hear whenever I go back to Samoa. But Samoan adults have that passive aggressive humour down pat, coupled with the monopoly of unquestioned authority, so I just awkwardly laugh while fighting the urge to cover my ridiculed body. ‘Ridicule’ is a strong word Laura, they […]

September 11, 2016

Most of you won’t remember a time when we didn’t have the hub. Its predecessor, the quad, was an ugly, wet, and windy place (I did a Google image search and there were hardly any pictures of it—obvs trying to write it out of history…). In 2013, the hub was created to be the ‘heart’ […]

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