Is The Bachelor actually a feminist show?
- Mar 29, 2021
Here at Villainesse, we haven’t had the easiest ride with The Bachelor . And rightfully so. This is a feminist website. A website that believes in...Read More
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Aotearoa is bursting with talented women but, as was recently exposed by journalist Ali Mau , it...Read More
At this point, I feel as though I’ve seen the words “go to therapy” a thousand times. Whether it’s Jameela Jamil telling an anonymous Twitter user...Read More
Trigger Warning: Discussion of sexual assault.
The following article contains major spoilers for Promising Young Woman.
It’s not...Read More
We all need money, want money – many of us spend a large portion of our waking hours working for money. 2020 thrust our economic systems under the...Read More
I know, I know. Christmas is a capitalist scam that creates tonnes and tonnes of landfill every year. Everything about it highlights the gaping...Read More
A bit cliche, but only because it never retires, is that saying ‘a picture says a thousand words’.
Since finishing Netflix’s latest season of The Crown, I’ve slept, cooked meals...Read More
In Ben Lerner’s coming-of-age novel The Topeka School, alternating narrators weave a complex tapestry of teenager Adam Gordan’s journey as he...Read More
It feels like bad stuff is happening all the time at the moment. Part of that is because it is, I mean, 2020, right? The global pandemic, hellish...Read More
Okay, nothing is going to save this year – too much tragedy has struck for 2020 to ever be redeemed. Be it wildfires...Read More
When I first started Lovecraft Country , the latest must-see TV show plastered...Read More
Honestly, I get kind of sick of watching TV shows that don’t look or sound anything like real...Read More
As a rule, all coming-of-age stories include the protagonist’s realisation that the world of adults is founded on lies of many shapes and sizes....Read More
In the days since her passing, long serving liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been described as a: champion; defender; feminist icon;...Read More
Before her serene, defiant (illustrated) face could be found in bookstores across the nation, the girl from...Read More
“I know that unless you are spirited and beautiful heiress, life is essentially a to-do list. Which begins with ‘escape this vagina’ and ends with...Read More
Two years in writing, a lifetime in the making.
Ukraine-born and Auckland-raised, Veronika Bell — known onstage as VÏKÆ — has distilled...Read More
In chapter 11 of Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s extraordinary book ‘Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons’ , the authors share...Read More
It’s funny how things go: when a Timaru woman launched a petition in an attempt to stop a drag duo from reading to children at the public library...Read More
In her first studio album, Mel Bester, known onstage as E^ST, has laid a piece of herself bare.
Recorded with producer Jim Eliot (who has...Read More
British singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas has just released her third...Read More
On one hand I’m not a sentimental person.
I object out loud to cliches and unrealistic tropes in every rom-com I watch (which makes me a...Read More
When it comes to climate change, I’ve been feeling a bit deflated about my efforts to make a difference for a while. Every thing that I could buy...Read More
If I hear the word ‘Avatar’ I don’t think of blue people in a jungle.
I think of my siblings and I crammed into a two square-meter study...Read More
Know Your Place , Golriz Ghahraman’s memoir,...Read More
In 2012, I was accepted for admission to Seoul National University’s College of Humanities. I never ended up going that spring, choosing instead...Read More
With the Black Lives Matter movement gaining steam (and achieving results) across the globe, Black media...Read More
Undergarments have always been about more than just fabric for your private parts. Reflecting the spirit of the times, lingerie has evolved over...Read More
It was a moment almost sacriligious – when many booklovers quietly and guiltily mused that perhaps Margaret Atwood didn’t deserve to win the...Read More
What if I told you that Survivor is the only thing getting me through these “unprecedented times”? Yes,...Read More
You probably don’t want to watch Normal People with your mum.
If possible,...Read More
Whether you’re looking for ways to fill your time while social distancing, having an acute case of wanderlust within the confines of your bubble,...Read More
Because of the lockdown, I’ve finally had time to get around to watching Parasite (a cinematic...Read More
Once upon a time, entering Auckland’s Academy Cinema was like entering a prohibition-era speakeasy. The first challenge was finding the door (and...Read More
We’re all stuck in our houses, which leaves plenty of time for... not much,...Read More
Trigger warning: this review includes mention of violence, sexual assault, and homicide.
When I’d previously imagined what the...Read More
I certainly wouldn’t blame you if you haven’t read bell hooks’ Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center...Read More
Janet Frame was a “rebel, a seeker of freedom and a passionate champion of the imagination”, according to the theatremakers who adapted her...Read More
I have a feeling no-one really knows how they felt at 18 until they’re not 18 anymore.
And it’s only a...Read More
If the world never produced another Jane Austen adaptation, we’d be fine. There are at least 15...Read More
Sometime over the summer, an Anime House opened up at my local Westfield Mall. I wandered in one day to peruse the merchandise, and came face to...Read More
For those of us who grew up on, in or around the internet, it’ll always be...Read More
The following article contains details that may be considered spoilers for the Netflix docuseries...Read More
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Trigger warning: this piece features discussion of violence and rape.
Have you ever thought about who cleans up the aftermath of...Read More
Joy to the world, Netflix has released another set of Christmas movies. This year, they’ve branched out. There’s only one movie with Vanessa...Read More
It’s official — Taylor Swift is the Artist of the Decade! After her recent wins at the...Read More
I recently talked to a living, breathing human person in the year 2019, who told me “women...Read More
Cameron Diaz, wearing a golden bikini and blue-tinted shades, steers a speedboat. She’s squinting...Read More
Protest Tautohetohe is exciting. To be honest, I didn’t expect that from a book which was produced by museum curators and focuses on objects. I...Read More
WARNING: Contains major Breaking...Read More
Ellen DeGeneres has walked herself into a bit of controversy lately, after being caught on...Read More
There’s a fantastic moment in the buoyant first hour of Hustlers, the stripper-heist...Read More
If you’ve ever done a trash audit, you’ll know that the bathroom is an area of the home that can regularly generate a lot of waste. But that needn...Read More