You can’t love Hustlers and despise sex workers
- Oct 15, 2019
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Language note: Possum uses they/them pronouns.
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LinkedIn wants me to connect with my ex.
God knows why. It wasn’t exactly a good idea the first time round.
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Ko Rangitumau te maunga. Ko Ruamāhanga te awa...Read More
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First published on Saturday the 5th of August, 2017, this piece comes in at number 6 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2017....Read More
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Bold take: The Last Jedi is the most feminist blockbuster film of 2017....Read More
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Maybe you love them, maybe you hate them – or maybe you’ve never listened to one. But if you are a fan, you know how hard it can...Read More
With the ongoing naming-and-shaming of alleged sexual predators in Hollywood (think Spacey/ Weinstein/ Ratner/ Louis CK et al), and productions...Read More
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It’s a confronting question, sure....Read More
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Game of Thrones .
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Everyone loves a rags-to-riches story. But you might not have heard this one:
Once upon a time there was a girl brought up in a brothel...Read More
Dear Mike Hosking, again,
We’ve been intrigued to hear your recent views on sexism (“...Read More
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Villainesse: What inspired you to write Powerful ?
Tali: The song is a culmination of things. Firstly, I have had various conversations...Read More
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That’s the first feeling you get when you set foot in North Korea. Cold, all-...Read More
This month we are celebrating feminist comedy with our ‘April Fools’ series, featuring kickass Kiwi comedians. Today, Guy Williams steps up to the...Read More
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Dear makers of The Bachelor ,
We tried watching your show. We really did. This, despite the fact it gives our feminist hearts palpitations...Read More
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What do you know about beatboxing?
It’s a strange question, sure. A lot of us may...Read More
Exhilaratingly wild, fearless and playful, feminism at its messy edge.
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When reports started circulating that Club Penguin had become the unlikely stage of a series of anti-Trump demonstrations, I did what no other...Read More
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