Schadenfreude: not just harmful to the tall poppy
- Oct 16, 2020
Following the news about President Trump contracting CoVID-19, an outbreak of a different kind took hold of our digital sphere. Schadenfreude -...Read More
Have you ever heard something so absurd that you can only blink?
“I understand actually. My...Read More
This month, a patient sincerely asked me if I thought it was bad to catch coronavirus. With the world so many months into a global pandemic, that...Read More
I remember once when I was in high school, sometime during the dirty late-2000s, the teachers gathered my peers and I for one of those annual “...Read More
Every election cycle, we hear the same tired lamentation from politicians, media pundits and various aunts and uncles: “young people don’t show up...Read More
We’ve all been there. Your lungs quit working for half a second, your eyebrows shoot up your forehead. When you live in a greenie, social justice-...Read More
As the CoVID-19 unfolded across the world, media headlines featured some pretty bleak verbs with regards to world economies ( plunge , free-fall...Read More
In 2007, when Britney Spears suffered a “mental breakdown,” tabloids...Read More
The rise of cancel culture: quarantine orders around the world definitely had something to do with it.
With people...Read More
In 2008, Rolling Stone ran a cover story called The Tragedy of Britney Spears. It...Read More
For about a month, my social media feed was awash with #BlackoutTuesday panels, heartfelt...Read More
One of the great myths of the palatable modern feminism that we’ve all become accustomed to is this: women should never criticise other women,...Read More
I’ve been a part of various feminist Facebook groups for a while now...Read More
You know him. One of him. If you’re involved in feminist conversations, you will have encountered a version of him.
He thinks women should...Read More
There’s always a line for the fitting room on the days I shop, though I have been thrifting a lot more lately. Most...Read More
I know NZ likes to think that we are different.
Our government is competent, as the last two months...Read More
As Aotearoa went into alert level three, and then four, a lot of medical professionals considered buying our own scrubs to wear at work. I was...Read More
Growing up, I understood the world in a black and white context. Things were right and wrong. Police officers were the goodest, most law-abiding...Read More
Let me just address this from the jump: I certainly don’t want to move back into lockdown. For one thing, I’m not sure if New Zealanders could do...Read More
Small local businesses have been hit hard by Covid-19.
Most are classed “non-essential”, some depend on physical sales and others charge...Read More
What a hand we’ve been dealt, huh?
I often get to thinking that, had I been born around a decade earlier, I would have hit the sweet spot...Read More
As indisputably reckless and inexcusably selfish as it is for people to travel to their holiday homes during lockdown (#stayhomeNZ), on some level...Read More
The messaging around COVID-19 has been crystal clear: stay at home. Don’t interact with others. It’s simple and easy to follow and everyone should...Read More
For many New Zealanders, the lockdown is starting to grind at our nerves. We’re anxious, irritable...Read More
We’re living in scary times, have you heard?
For the last few weeks I’ve been pretty much addicted to the news. I’ve become entirely...Read More
So here we are – in the middle of history.
It’s strange feeling history moan from under us, isn’t it? Knowing that the actions we take...Read More
The big fangled monster coming for grocery workers was supposed to be automation.
It hasn’t taken long, relatively speaking, for us to...Read More
Is anyone else feeling nervous? As...Read More
At the end of this month, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle will renounce their titles in favour of...Read More
People talk about #MeToo incidents as if they are binary. This type of behaviour makes for a #MeToo. This type of behaviour doesn’t . That’s just...Read More
In a different world, we wouldn’t know where politicians stood on pregnancy termination.
Whenever the issue comes up in our parliament, I’...Read More
New Zealand has been sinophobic for long enough that many of us have forgotten that we are.
“Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” That’s the central question in Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical, Hamilton . But for women in history, the...Read More
In my short lifetime, the way we think of gender and the way we rely on gender roles in everyday life has changed tremendously.
When I was...Read More
Disclaimer: I am not a personal financial or investment advisor. The advice in this article does not constitute financial, accounting, or legal...Read More
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She’s the woman who glazes the ham. She puts decorations around the house and sets the tunes to festive. When you were little she bought you toys...Read More
For all the stay at home dads (but specifically my own),
I’m glad you were my first...Read More
You might have seen the memes going around – it’s almost 2020, what have you achieved this decade?
I’m sure it’s meant good-naturedly (...Read More
Earlier this year, The New Yorker published a piece that heralded luxury paint company Farrow & Ball as the arbiters of modern taste in...Read More
I didn’t think I would need to say this. Hell, I didn’t think I would need to be told this.
There’s nothing more popular than hating things that are popular, and there’s nothing more mainstream than to look at the mainstream with general...Read More
Even if you feel like you are. The term ‘impostor syndrome’ is increasingly used to describe a situation where despite someone’s achievements,...Read More
Wouldn’t it be great if we lived in a world where conversations about women’s bodies didn’t revolve around: making unsolicited comments about our...Read More
Several years ago, when I was still a baby feminist, I was especially concerned with the number of women running Fortune 500 companies. The...Read More
Let Southside rise, not...Read More
In what may be one of the better news stories we’ve heard this year, the government has...Read More
Since about the age of 15, when I started to learn the basic principles of feminism from extensive amounts of time spent on Tumblr, I have been...Read More
The recent surge in media coverage of the burning of the Amazon aggravated many people’s eco-anxiety. You don’t need to be a climate scientist or...Read More
When I left university, the first time, I was lucky enough to receive an overseas internship. It was incredibly exciting – and tremendously scary...Read More
I wasn’t taught about the history of our country in the way that I should have been.
A former editor once told me ‘Clickbaity headlines are fine, so long as they’re backed up by quality content.’
I think she was right. As...Read More
I was first cast out when I told my fellow students in primary school that my family sometimes ate...Read More
This month, Instagram are testing out a significant change to their app in certain countries, including New Zealand. You can no longer see the...Read More