Let's talk about PCOS...
- Mar 30, 2020
For something that affects 10% of people who have a uterus, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) does not get a lot of airtime. I have PCOS. I know...Read More
Adéle Haenel, star of critical hit Portrait of a Lady on Fire, was one of the first...Read More
Every woman likely remembers the first time she was sexualised.
Maybe you were...Read More
When Donald Trump won the 2016 US election, my reaction was visceral. I cried. I stayed in...Read More
One of my favourite brick-and-mortar stores in Auckland can be found on Karangahape Road. Crushes has been my default go-to for picking up gifts...Read More
The night before I spoke to Deborah Frances-White, known and beloved the world over as The Guilty Feminist , I watched her TED talk...Read More
I’ve been on Instagram for over three years now. In that time, there have been multiple digital decluttering outbursts involving mass unfollowing...Read More
I was nineteen years old when I first noticed a vertical line starting to appear between my...Read More
If the start of a new year is synonymous with setting resolutions, the start of the new decade multiplies the notion by a thousand (or at the very...Read More
Kia ora and welcome to 2020, which I’ve hopefully dubbed “Year of Dreams (or at least please-not-Year of Screams)”. To be honest, given that this...Read More
First published on Friday the 26 th of April, 2019, this was the most read Villainesse story of...Read More
First published on Tuesday the 28 th of May, 2019, this piece comes in at number 4 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2019.
First published on Sunday the 12 th of May, 2019, this piece comes in at number 8 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2019.
First published on Thursday the 8 th of August, 2019, this piece comes in at number 22 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2019....Read More
First published on Thursday the 21 st of February, 2019, this piece comes in at number 24 in the...Read More
First published on Tuesday the 2 nd of April, 2019, this piece comes in at number 26 in the top 30...Read More
First published on Saturday the 4 th of May, 2019, this piece comes in at number 29 in the top 30 most read...Read More
First published on Tuesday the 17 th of September, 2019, this piece comes in at number 30 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2019....Read More
This time of year makes me feel somewhat reflective. While most Decembers I’m generally too busy to be able to breathe during the day, I find...Read More
Nikki Kennedy (Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Mahaki and Te Whakatōhea) needed to do something to ensure the survival of Te Reo. This, combined with...Read More
Last week, I published an article under the title Men are actually terrifying . And I was nervous about it. My editor Lizzie Marvelly rightly...Read More
It’s feminism 101, right? Disney princesses are terrible role models that teach young girls to yearn for romantic approval from men over all else...Read More
November has been a pretty amazing month for New Zealand’s literary scene. With two launches of highly anticipated books and the announcement of...Read More
The terrible things to come out of the Trump presidency are insurmountable...Read More
We’ve all done it. We’ve all heard our female friends do it. The urge to qualify the fact that you’re a feminist with “But I don’t hate men! I’m...Read More
I was on the edge of my seat for most of the duration of Girls of the Sun , a French film by Eva Husson....Read More
Hashtag Girl Boss spends most of her time in front of a computer. She has a dangerous hunch in her shoulders, a crick in her neck, and a sharp...Read More
Calamity of calamities… the world is changing, and sexual harassment is no longer okay. Not that it was ever really okay, but it was undoubtedly “...Read More
Parris Goebel is the freakiest thing to come out of New Zealand — and I say this with all the love and...Read More
The way I see it, we’re living in a time that will be remembered as history’s tipping point. We either do something or we don’t. The planet, and...Read More
Binge-drinking. It’s as Kiwi as pav, and as common as a gusty day in Wellington. Last week, it was announced that NZ Police are cracking down on ‘...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
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
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
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
“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
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
First published on Sunday the 11th of March, 2018, this piece comes in at number 5 in the top 30 most read Villainesse...Read More
First published on Thursday the 27th of September, 2018, this piece comes in at number 11 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2018....Read More
First published on Thursday the 7th of June, 2018, this piece comes in at number 15 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2018.