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September 25, 2011

1. Wear sunglasses, meteorology regardless. 2. Read books on art by artists—they have something in common. 3. Kiss strangers often. 4 .Never refuse a cigarette from an addict. 5. Sing quietly in public, loudly in private, and soon you’ll find the two get confused. 6. Jazz piano is impressive; but only if you can play […]

September 25, 2011

I’m sorry to be the one to burst your bubble, but there is no ‘one’. There is no ‘one’ person who will make you feel complete, and no soul mate waiting for your serendipitous arrival. You are not one half of a jigsaw, just waiting to be clipped together with your other half. In my […]

September 25, 2011

Over the summer in New York, cues of people snaked around the block, all waiting for the hottest new thing to hit the city. It was not the newest Apple product that had people waiting up to five hours in the rain but the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. This was held in celebration of […]

September 25, 2011

I squealed in absolute delight when my flatmate pointed out an informative news article, headlined “No Bottles Dick”. Why could I have not thought of that brilliant, comedic and hard hitting response first? I’ve been feeling this vibe for months, so I‘d thought I nick that title anyway. Ever since the new recycling system started […]

September 19, 2011

The year was 1972. Hundreds packed the student union building, men as well as women, students as well as staff to hear Germaine Greer speak at the first National Women’s Liberation Conference. There was cheering, awe, solidarity, determination for the future. At least for Wellington, it was a telling moment of the 1970’s zeitgeist in […]

September 19, 2011

I don’t like rugby and prefer to pretend the World Cup (RWC) isn’t happening. Fortunately I live in a part of Wellington where that’s easily done; my neighbours seem to have a similar lack of enthusiasm (I’m pretty sure the sport of choice here’s either tree-hugging or yoga) so it’s like nothing’s changed since the […]

September 19, 2011

The biggest problem with dealing with gender and identity, is that most of us will never really need to consider it. So why should anyone else? Much like sexuality and race, gender is only a sensitive topic for a minority of people—those directly affected by it. Cisgendered people are born identifying with the sex they […]

September 19, 2011

Women were once the subject of vast denigration and domination, a situation justified by restrictive notions of how ‘society’ should be. For that reason an important part of the ongoing liberation of women and of all individuals who defy traditional categorisation has been the overthrow of obstructive ideas. The cry of the young prince has […]

September 19, 2011

Unsure about your feminist role models? Confused as to who to fall in line behind? Fear not friends! Salient takes a brief look at three (arbitrarily-selected) media-endorsed feminist poster-children so that you won’t have to. Naomi Wolf Wolf’s glamorous wardrobe and luscious movie-star hair was arguably as influential in her rise to media prominence as […]