The Myth of Inspiring Women
The origins of the marathon come from the Greek legend of Pheidippides. The story goes that Pheidippides ran 26 miles (or 42.2km, hence the oddly precise distance when measured in kilometres) from the town of Marathon to Athens to proclaim the defeat of the Persians. Upon arrival, he dropped dead from exhaustion and the marathon distance was born. I know “hey, this killed a dude so let’s make it a...
black cab: the great yellow invisible →
lafoliedefougere: I found this article on the New Zealand Herald today: “Asians dominate NZ immigration”. Gingerly, I read it. After my usual rabid foaming of anger at the same old same old (the elderly are living in fear of slaughter from vicious triads, the fabric of NZ society is looking a touch too…
Saving Gen-Y but not from what we need saving
During one of my many stints as a nanny, I remember one morning my ten-year-old warning me that I “probably shouldn’t eat toast for breakfast”. Why, I asked, hoping desperately it would be because there was some delicious breakfast cereal hiding in the cupboard that only a fool would turn down for toast, or because she knew the bread had been left out the previous night and there was a high chance...
Sticks and stones and weed and bombs, Mr Prosser
Yesterday the story broke of Richard Prosser, a Member of Parliament for the NZ First Party, publishing an opinion piece in which he argued that Muslims should be banned from Western air transport because – among other reasons – “most Muslims are terrorists”. While many people dismissed his comments as being that of a bigoted, small-minded racist not even worthy of a page click let alone words on...
The press covers crime (especially relatively rare instances of random violence...– Jonathan Franzen, “Control Units”
Let me tell you a story of an experience I had as a trial judge, which may bring...– Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada “Judging:The Challenges of Diversity”, Judicial Studies Committee Inaugural Annual Lecture, 7 June 2012
If a constitutional review is announced and no one...
There’s a constitutional review going on but you’d be forgiven for not knowing. Or, frankly, caring. You know when a word has got five syllables it must be important, but there are so many reviews going on and, well, sometimes you only have so many review spoons. For many New Zealanders, bigger concerns occupy our minds: jobs, debt, and, for an increasing number of people, survival. But this...
The cowardice of New Zealand First
Today Winston Peters made a public statement that NZ First would not be voting in support of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill. This was not because the NZ First necessarily opposes the Bill, but because, to quote Peters: “NZ First… wants a public referendum to decide the issue. We believe issues such as this should be decided by trusting the people of NZ to decide rather than...
There is absolutely no argument that justifies the view marriage should not be...– My plea to John Key submitted here: http://www.marriageequality.co.nz/
Something is rotten in the state of New Zealand
Yesterday somewhere between 2000-5000 people marched in Wellington against the government’s plans to partially sell state assets. This followed a similar sized march in Auckland last weekend and a week-long hikoi starting in Cape Reinga. After last year’s record low voter turn out, it would seem that when it comes to political issues apathy is rife in New Zealand. People seem disinterested in the...
Things I would like to ask John Key
Does it ever bother you that your entire public persona is built around making you seem like a buffoon? That your media advisors’ mandate is simply to make you seem like a loveable chump? Do you realise that by playing into this caricature you are implicitly agreeing with the notion that the majority of New Zealanders are just too dumb to elect a leader who is smart, forward-thinking and...
Unmuted: You Don't Have My Vote →
innovateafrica: You must have heard of the viral video created by Invisible Children (IC), a U.S. organization that has launched a one-year campaign (expires December 31, 2012) to eliminate Joseph Kony, the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group in Northern Uganda that has been embroiled…
Response from the New Zealand Herald
I have received the following response to my complaint to the New Zealand Herald. Needless to say, I do not find this satisfactory; I think Holmes’ article clearly DOES intend to be a commentary on all Māori people, and — sorry New Zealand Herald — but Holmes’ rant was hateful and bigoted, not ‘raw and provocative’. This article was nothing ‘like...
Official Complaint to New Zealand Herald
Feel free to pop your name at the bottom, change any bits you don’t like and then send this on to the New Zealand Herald using this form. If you consider its response ‘unsatisfactory’, you can lodge an official complaint with the Press Council. Complain away! RE: Complaint regarding article published 11 February 2012 I Overview This is an official complaint...
A response to Paul Holmes
My rewrite of Paul Holmes’ article entitled ‘Waitangi Day a complete waste: It’s time to cancel our repugnant national holiday’, featured on the New Zealand Hearld website, 11th February 2012. Waitangi Day produced its usual hatred, rudeness, and violence against a clearly elected Prime Minister from a group of hateful, hate-fuelled weirdos who seem to exist in a perfect...
"I am on the edge of 40 and such behavior is seen... →
motherjones: Priscilla Grim, one of the two editors of the awesome “We Are the 99 Percent” Tumblr. The first full interview with both of ‘em is here.
The question remains: What are today’s young activists dreaming about? We know...– Finding The Strength To Love And Dream by Robin D.G. Kelley (via newwavefeminism)
Righting It: Nancy Drew Meets Lisbeth Salander →
rightingit: N: Hi! Can I help you? You look like you could do with a helping hand! L: I’m fine. Go away. N: Are you sure? I have a flashlight! L: Please go away. N: Oh, I appreciate that you can do things for yourself. Girls can do anything! It’s just that… I have this flashlight, see? And it looks…
Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved...– Maurice Sendak (via)
When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding...– - Sandi Toksvig (via anarchofeminist) (via cuntlovin, learninglog) (via thenewwomensmovement) (via wellingtonyoungfeminists)
I'm just saying
coleytangerina: If Donald Trump becomes the US president, I’m moving worlds.
Modern Art = I could do that + Yeah but you didn't