Features

12/07/10

“When Other Teenagers Were Dating Each Other… I Was Dating a Bridge” On 9 November 1989, Swede Eija-Riita Eklöf-Mauer stood by as jubilant masses, armed with sledgehammers, took to her young husband, bludgeoning the 28-year-old to death and tearing chunks from his wounded body until he was left barely recognisable to his grieving widow. Mauer [...]

12/07/10

Asexuality is actually quite a hard thing to understand. Especially considering it’s so simple. Asexuals simply don’t feel the need for sex. That’s basically it. But with just how hyper-sexualised the modern world is, it seems to be quite easy to balk at. There is some natural twinge within you (well, within me at least, [...]

12/07/10

When Viagra was introduced to the mass market in 1998, it changed the way people thought about sex. Flagging male libido no longer posed a barrier to gettin’ down and dirty—all it took was one little blue pill and hello sailor, no more cold lonely nights half-heartedly watching Sky One porn. Twelve years on, and [...]

12/07/10

Fiddy once said: “In the hood they say there’s no business like ho business.” So what is the sitch in Wellywood’s hood? What is the morse code thumping of Wellington’s sexy pulse spelling out? What does it take to be the best in a tough game? It’s hard to be a hooker with a heart [...]

12/07/10

In February a 19-year old virgin from Northland put her virginity up for auction. She claimed it was to help pay for her university fees. In the end, after many bids, she sold it for $45,000. The story was reported in newspapers around the world. There was outrage, moral condemnation and copycat auctions. But one [...]

12/07/10

“For most women,” wrote American Democratic politician Louise Slaughter, “contraception is not an option: it is basic healthcare necessity.” Certainly, for many, taking the pill every day is as elementary—and as effective—as remedying a headache with aspirin. Yet just half a century ago, such measures were not available. The contraceptive pill was first approved in [...]

31/05/10

Salient writer Paul Comrie-Thomson takes a closer look at the recently announced Budget, and some of the meanings behind all the jargon used by politicians and what effect of the much-lauded tax cuts may have on Kiwis. The actual contents and impact of the government’s annual Budget are often difficult for the average Joe to [...]

31/05/10

You’re a student. You’re poor. Want to tell me about it? Oh yes, things are hard. Your power bill is so high, and you’re so cold. You can’t afford to eat properly, food is so expensive these days with the GST or something. You need to study so much you don’t have time for a [...]

31/05/10

“We were only young. We had no examples, but we knew we had a right to be here.” To clarify, in keeping with the views of the Polynesian Panthers themselves, Maori are included under the term ‘Pacific Islanders’. Unless stated otherwise, all references to Pacific Islanders in this text includes Maori. In the words of [...]