Why are we still so embarrassed about masturbating?
- Sep 17, 2019
Around age 10, I start to press my lap against the edge of the kitchen table. No one ever notices and I never make it noticeable. I don’t know...Read More
I’m 10 years old and the chattering of teeth is audible in the 9am mist. Teachers warm their hands with their breath as kids spread out before...Read More
To whom it may concern,
As students of Takapuna Grammar...Read More
I hear the word self-care tossed around a lot. Sometimes it’s a face mask; sometimes it’s going on a shopping spree; sometimes it’s an expensive...Read More
For nerdy girls of the 90s who spent most of their time in the corner with their head in a book (that’s me, hi, nice to meet you), there were a...Read More
Haven’t heard of Frances Hodgkins? You have just over two weeks left to make your way to Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki before the Frances...Read More
If you’re a woman who wants equality you best not have breasts.
Alright, you can have them, but they should be small, though not flat, and...Read More
When Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S House of Representatives, was asked about...Read More
Changing any aspect of your lifestyle can be difficult. For those transitioning to a more planet-conscious mode of living, there will be many...Read More
Audre Lorde (1934 - 1992) was many things - feminist, activist, lesbian, icon. She was also an immensely talented and prolific writer who penned a...Read More
Romantic comedy is not a genre beloved by women. Go ahead, survey a bunch of women. If my guess is...Read More
I was 16 when Lady Gaga unearthed me. I was out (to myself and my friends) as...Read More
When I watched the piece that won Ngā Hine Pūkōrero the Word - The Front Line competition (see attached video) I felt simultaneously hollowed out...Read More
I used to be one of them.
Even though I would never say a word against a teen mother to...Read More
Trigger warning: rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, violence
Whenever I feel overwhelmed – by a feeling, a situation, an issue...Read More
I want to write a letter to the women on the edges. The mothers who allowed me to drink in their garages, their daughters who held back my hair as...Read More
This year’s Auckland Writer’s Festival brought some of the brightest and best creatives of both local and international literary scenes to our...Read More
Yes, that’s right. Please stop. You’re making women feel uncomfortable about a body part that is no different from any other. Women with boobs...Read More
If you think you don’t know Nat Puff, aka Left at London, you’re probably mistaken.
She’s the internet...Read More
The Madonna-whore dichotomy is the epitome of compartmentalisation. It describes the perception of...Read More
Conferences. I don’t know if I’ve ever attended one that I loved. If there’s a choice between sharing an air-conditioned room with 200 strangers...Read More
No matter how comfortable we are with it, it’s undeniable that true crime is one of the most popular and lucrative sectors of pop culture ....Read More
On There Will Be No Intermission, Amanda Palmer’s first solo album in seven years, the artist sings...Read More
“I’m gonna get it, you’re going to get it, we’re all gonna get it.”
That was...Read More
According to my mum, I’m a spitfire.
She didn’t use that exact word – being a native Mandarin speaker – but I remember, somewhere in my...Read More
Women have historically been excluded from the world of finance, and a significant amount of stigma persists around women having conversations...Read More
Happy International Women’s Day!
…Or is it? Happy, I mean...Read More
We need to talk about our attitude towards food. The body positivity movement has made impressive changes to the way we think about our bodies –...Read More
Founded in Te Atatu, ‘I Am Eva’ is the latest big thing on the NZ period scene. Perhaps they’re...Read More
Jack Kerouac went to Mexico and slept with lots of women. Yawn. He road tripped across the country; he did...Read More
As screen awards season continues, fans and those in the industry...Read More
It’s a slow Saturday morning and I pore over the newspaper with my newly-wed sister. Behind the bench our mother darts around the kitchen. Bacon...Read More
A new year, a new opportunity to smash the patriarchy.
Let’s be honest, while there were a few glimmering moments of feminist progress in...Read More
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Ah, Christmas. That time of year when the streets are full of drunken work parties, 90s holiday films are filling your screens and keto diets are...Read More
I believe, as a culture, we’ve come a long way in terms of how we treat mental health. When Britney Spears...Read More
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, unless you have a bigoted uncle.
— Or aunt, grandpa, cousin, family friend, all of the above (if...Read More
When I think of feminist films, I think of Thelma and Louise , The Colour Purple , and the...Read More
Y’all must be aware of...Read More
In case you missed it, New Zealand’s abortion laws are outdated. And finally, we might be...Read More
I had one of those should-have-said moments earlier this week, when you have the perfect opportunity to say something clever in a confronting...Read More
It’s a difficult time to be a woman. Populism and right wing (I refuse to use the term ‘alt-right’) politics are gaining traction; vulnerable...Read More
It feels like we are constantly losing as women right now. World events...Read More
Ariana Grande has been called a diva , a symbol , a leader , and a killer. No link to that last one,...Read More
We women often take on way more than we have time for, running from one commitment to the next, barely leaving time to draw breath. Whether it’s...Read More
Abigail Johnson chatted with emerging indie artist Josie Moon about music, aesthetics, and trying to put...Read More
It is suffrage year fellow suffragists...Read More
In the olden days of 2012, ask.fm and anonymous questions on Tumblr were the main platform for online harassment. People could send hurtful...Read More
For me, menstrual cups are a godsend. To some people, they’re an uncomfortable, one-time experiment that will never work for them. With most...Read More
I remember once having a heated argument with a friend about why any woman would voluntarily wear a hijab. As a non-religious Iranian, I come from...Read More
There are a number of gems in Aotearoa’s cultural calendar; The Comedy Festival, The Arts Festival, WOMAD and all the big summer music festies....Read More
The local mags love to tell you what to do with your two days off a week. Which café to check out, which piece of experimental theatre take in....Read More
I’ve recently rediscovered Hailee Steinfield’s Most Girls . It’s the song I’m most likely to be singing at the top of my lungs while I’m sitting...Read More
As you’re probably aware, our baby is due any day now. I say ‘our’ because let’s face it, we all feel some sort of parental...Read More