When I was 20 I read a book called Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Musico. I was pretty new to feminism, and formerly of the ‘we’ve had two whole female Prime Ministers so we can’t be doing that badly’ ilk. It sounds cliché but I felt like reading this book woke me up […]
It’s a taboo subject. Even saying it raises eyebrows and uncomfortable silences amongst the majority of us. This topic was raised in my life a couple of weeks ago at a BYO with friends, when during an innocent game of ‘have you ever’ a male friend of ours asked, ‘have you ever masturbated?’ Obviously, the […]
Being gay is typically seen as a ‘backwards step’ in terms of masculinity or ‘male-ness’. It is usually associated with people such as Chris Kolfer (Kurt from Glee) or Elton John, and anyone who identifies as gay is immediately expected by the ignorant to appear and behave ‘camp’. Does being gay mean relinquishing masculinity? I […]
No one exudes manliness like that paragon of testosterone Paul Henry. Salienteer Jono McLeod got a once in a lifetime chance to come face to face with him and hopefully glean some clues as to what constitutes the kiwi male. This is what happened. Paul Henry does not like sport. Not even rugby. With all […]
A few times in this column I have mentioned the prime minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman—usually when he writes giant reports on topics I had planned to write a column about next week! He has an amazing habit of beating me to the post. But petty quibbles aside, I’ve been really glad to […]
This week’s Salient was two issues crammed into one with a women’s issue on one side and men’s issue on the other! Read them both online here!
Read our twentieth issue (it’s about tertiary education) in full by clicking on the text above. It’s quite snazzy.
For many of you, it means the countdown to a summer of waking up late and hanging with friends. For others, it means a summer of holiday work. For every student completing their degree, it means the countdown to entering the job market. For the 2011 graduates, it’s time to either commit to postgraduate study […]
As has been covered extensively in Salient, Victoria University’s Political Science and International Relations (PSIR) department is undergoing some very radical changes. These will have wide-ranging implications, not only for the students taking the course, but also for the department’s staff, some of whom have lost their jobs as a result. Victoria University released a […]