April Fools: Justine Smith on doing your thing with relish, the power of women and backhanded...
- Apr 19, 2017
This month we are celebrating feminist comedy with our ‘April Fools’ series, featuring kickass Kiwi comedians....Read More
When I was 17, I was quite the hopeless romantic. Which is perhaps unsurprising, given that I, like most of my classmates, was raised on fairy...Read More
Imagine leaving home at 17 and having to support yourself all on your own. Sounds pretty tough, huh? Now also imagine this: starting your own...Read More
With The Bachelor upon us once again, I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that the catfight is about to come back into the media vogue. Big...Read More
Someone needs to write a feminist dictionary. Something that would answer questions like, ‘What the fuck is intersectionality?’ It would be an...Read More
As of this week, I am exactly 78 grams lighter. I can tell you the exact weight down to the last gram because that’s what my surgeon informed me...Read More
This year, in the lead up to International Women’s Day, we are celebrating our ‘daring dozen...Read More
During a recent conversation with a young man, I mentioned that I wanted to have the feminist symbol tattooed on my upper...Read More
To my mystical womb creature,
At your birth, you will arrive covered in amniotic fluid and mucous, you will wail and cry and be comforted...Read More
Fact: women start businesses at about twice the rate men do.
That’s pretty awesome, right? But here’s another fact: more than 97 per cent...Read More
First published on Monday the 11th of April, 2016, this piece was the most read Villainesse story of 2016.
Over the weekend Henderson...Read More
First published on Monday the 15th of February, 2016, this piece comes in at number 5 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2016....Read More
First published on Wednesday the 14th of December, 2016, this piece comes in at number 9 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2016....Read More
First published on Wednesday the 20th of April, 2016, this piece comes in at number 16 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2016....Read More
First published on Friday the 6th of May, 2016, this piece comes in at number 23 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2016.
First published on Thursday the 10th of March, 2016, this piece comes in at number 24 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2016....Read More
First published on Monday the 2nd of May, 2016, this piece comes in at number 25 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2016.
First published on Saturday the 6th of August, 2016, this piece comes in at number 30 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2016....Read More
Most days, being a feminist makes me feel immensely proud. Some days, it drives me to despair for the state of humanity. Other days, it makes me...Read More
When I planned my first solo trip to Asia at 23, I received vast swathes of confusion from family, friends and colleagues. “Who are you going with...Read More
Dr Erin Leitao is the 2016 New Zealand Fellow of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme . Supporting women researchers around the...Read More
Dear Girl’s Life ,
Teenagers think grown ups know nothing, and looking at some of your covers,...Read More
“In India, girls and boys can’t be friends.”
I heard those words the second night I...Read More
When I read the headline ‘Some states are trying to force women to have funerals for foetuses’ I had to fight an overpowering urge to break...Read More
From the age of 14 years-old, I was an avid Dolly magazine reader. Dolly gave me an insight to a world of maturity,...Read More
Can knitting be considered feminist?
It’s an interesting question, sure. Let’s be real here:...Read More
Two X chromosomes together speak volumes about human experience and...Read More
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and is the buzzword for girls going through school right now – especially in America,...Read More
When you call yourself a feminist man, you get used to the odd raised eyebrow. Right or wrong, the idea is confronting to some people – including...Read More
It’s a man’s world. Boys will be boys. The glass ceiling. Play them at their own game. The gender pay gap. The lack of women on boards. No female...Read More
One letter. Twenty-seven signatories. Thousands of voices – and counting.
The saga of...Read More
Dear Brock Turner,
Seeing as you are to be released early from prison on Friday,...Read More
Are you fit, healthy and looking after yourself?
Do you drink? Do you like having a good time?
Do you like to...Read More
Here’s a profound statement: women can...Read More
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an unapologetic...Read More
Let’s get right to it: sometimes, it may be best to push for change by taking action directly to the streets.
So that’s...Read More
If you are a feminist, chances are that you’ve met someone who is not a feminist, but… There are INAFBs* lurking in places you’d never expect,...Read More
They say that anything’s possible. I mean, just look at the folks in the UK, displaying their ability to do anything! You go Glen Coco! There’s a...Read More
Over the years I have to confess that I’ve spent my fair share of time wondering about things like whether my love of Barbie as a child or my long...Read More
In May, Villainesse editor Lizzie Marvelly was invited to speak at TEDx Auckland about the #MyBodyMyTerms campaign.
Delving into the...Read More
There’s a common fallacy that is becoming increasingly widespread on the internet: that women with opinions must be required to defend their...Read More
Shout out to all the ladies out there who don’t want kids and own it. Be rest assured that I’m not about to launch into a ten-minute monologue...Read More
Before I begin, let me say this: the man who shot and killed 49 people at a nightclub in the US state of Florida is a worthless piece of shit who...Read More
For the first time ever, a woman is the presumptive nominee of a...Read More
There are some dress codes I can wholeheartedly support. Are you going to be handling corrosive chemicals, working with boiling hot oil, or...Read More
A friend in hospitality posted something on Facebook the other day. It was a list of the finalists for the Australian Young Chef of the Year 2016...Read More
In the third story of our Abortion series, we talk to a brave Villainesse reader about her experience with the termination she underwent, and her...Read More
Last week I was asked whether ‘feminism’ is the right word for gender equality. It was an honest question, as far as I could tell, so I gave it an...Read More
Empowerment. According to marketers, we all want it. ‘Empowering’ may just be the new [and equally problematic] ‘fat-free’.
And, I mean,...Read More
High heels. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, chances are you’ve probably worn them at some point. Even the dudes among us – surely almost every little boy...Read More
I have no sisters. Nor brothers, for that matter. I’m an only child, with all of the stereotypical baggage that comes with it. Bossy, stubborn,...Read More
This week I was asked to speak at a conference for young female leaders. I decided to address the most ridiculous insults I had received in my...Read More
How often do you hear of shows about irritable bowel syndrome? It’s not exactly a common plot feature, yet...Read More
A few days ago a male journalist read a piece published on Villainesse and asked whether he had to “start a complementary website for boys” . I...Read More
I am angry at Erykah Badu. It is difficult to write this. She may not know me, but she used to be my queen. But it appears that on the Henderson...Read More
Helen Clark is without a doubt one of my idols. I grew up at the end of her era...Read More
I’ve heard a lot of this online, the concept that we as women must follow, support, believe, and applaud...Read More
Since getting my guide dog, Loie, my life has changed completely. Loie became a part of my family on the 3 rd of August last year.