TOP 30 OF 2019 - 6. The privilege of being pretty
- Jan 19, 2020
As a society, we’re bad at coping with sexual harassment. Helping survivors and holding perpetrators to account is not our strong suit. If that...Read More
“We’re all born naked – the rest is drag.”
So said Ru Paul once upon a time, gifting the world a fabulous Instagram caption as well as a...Read More
The way Australia handles...Read More
I want to get one thing out of the way right up front. I’m not saying you can’t have or share an opinion. Everyone can freely express their...Read More
When people call parenting the ‘hardest job in the world’ I often pick up a faint whiff of condescension. It seems like something people think...Read More
I’m a white woman who maintains a biweekly yoga practice, and to be honest, I feel pretty uncomfortable about it.
As with many things, the...Read More
If you’re anything like me, you probably made some kind of New Year’s resolution to read more books in 2018. Well, guess what? It’s almost...Read More
It's a weird and wonderful time to be a woman, depending on where in the world you live. The likes of the #MeToo movement, the Free The Nipple...Read More
Abortion holds a unique space in our society. Few other medical procedures are wished to be both ‘legal’ and ‘rare’. Few medical procedures sit...Read More
Most of us reach a point in our lives where we look around, and suddenly realise that all our mates are either engaged or married. We’ve been so...Read More
A few years ago I had no idea what the term ‘TERF’ meant. It popped up occasionally in my Twitter feed...Read More
There’s a big gap when it comes to teaching young women about money. We don’t do it because money is like sex or peeing in the shower - people get...Read More
Put down your phone. Stop focusing on the tasks you have to do. Think about why you’re here. Breathe.
It sounds simple. But… I’m really...Read More
For the first time ever, this Queen’s Birthday weekend, the number of women receiving honours outnumbered the...Read More
Blood, women’s suffering, and endless parallels with current events. I frequently ask myself why I’m...Read More
“What are you going to do with that?” When I tell people that I study English at university, that’s the response I get. If I mention that Law is...Read More
When you hear the word ‘nice’ what do you think about? Does it denote kindness? Is it vanilla? Is it male? Is it female?
I have a problem...Read More
New Zealand has a party culture. Whether you like that culture or not, it undeniably exists. Binge drinking is a rite of passage and for a lot of...Read More
Last week, Villainesse caught up with Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter. We wanted to know what work was happening in our government towards...Read More
When I was 15 I made myself a Tumblr. Tumblr for me was like a portal to the rest of the world. I grew up in a small town where...Read More
Women are creatures of wisdom. Call it intuition,...Read More
A lot of industries are dominated by men. It’s an unfortunate, retrograde fact, but it’s true. Workplaces were built for men, by men, and not a...Read More
As a student, you have a lot of freedom. Your work week is often flexible, you can skip classes, you have StudyLink to get you through the tight...Read More
In the age of the internet, the entire web may become an arena of political dialogue and debate. Freedom of speech rules at the center of this...Read More
I have never really considered Te Ao Māori a world that is uncomfortable with death. While my Pākehā friends have been to maybe a few funerals in...Read More
First published on Wednesday the 2nd of August, 2017, this piece was the most read Villainesse story of 2017.
Dear Mark Richardson and...Read More
First published on Friday the 9th of June, 2017, this piece comes in at...Read More
First published on Monday the 15th of May, 2017, this piece comes in at number 3 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2017.
First published on Tuesday the 28th of March, 2017, this piece comes in at number 7 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2017....Read More
First published on Tuesday the 18th of July, 2017, this piece comes in at number 9 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2017.
First published on Saturday the 24th of July, 2017, this piece comes in at number 13 in the...Read More
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First published on Friday the 21st of April, 2017, this piece comes in at number 25 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2017.
First published on Wednesday the 20th of September, 2017, this piece...Read More
First published on Sunday the 2nd of July, 2017, this piece comes in at number 30 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2017.
It’s that time of the year. The time when families and friends are finishing up their end-of-year workload, wrapping the last of the gifts, and...Read More
School’s out for summer. Or, if you’re at a certain life stage, FOREVER. Thank God, right?
Maybe you’re so thrilled you could pass out...Read More
Ah, Christmas. The most wonderful time of the year. Or not. After all, while most of us like giving other people presents, it’s the act of buying...Read More
Wanted: A woman to be...Read More
Here’s an experiment: visit Google. Click on “images.” Type the word “woman.” Hit “enter.”
Just make sure you do this when you’re sitting...Read More
Apple’s Siri. Microsoft’s Cortana. Amazon’s Alexa.
Such “personal assistant” artificial intelligence (AI) programmes are used by millions...Read More
It’s Rule 34 in real life: think of it, and there’s a “sexy” version of it.
Now, you do you. But remember:...Read More
All the cool girls have anxiety. Heck, not just the cool girls – everyone is stressed out to the point of breakdown.
It’s the hot new...Read More
Few things on this Earth are as frightening as… a supermarket. Or at least as bamboozling. They’re just confusing. Like, more mystifying that...Read More
What springs to mind when you think about seeking mental health support? Is it an image of lying on an old-fashioned couch with an elderly,...Read More
I may be well into my twenties, but I will shamelessly admit I love Harry Potter . Ever since I first read The Sorcerer’s Stone (I’m from the US;...Read More
Māori Language Week fills me with all kinds of emotions. As a Māori woman who is now learning her language in her...Read More
This year, on September 23, New Zealand will vote on who gets to lead the country for the next three years...Read More
Dear Mike Hosking , yet again ,
We’re glad to see that you’re reporting on the big stories . Like the...Read More
Thou shall worship whichever God most appeals to thee. Thou shall not go to war over worshipping different Gods. Thou shall live and...Read More
Femo-fascist (noun) – A term used by men (usually of the older and white variety) who are still smarting after being criticised by women * for...Read More
Dear Mike Hosking,
Here we go again.
We’d like to share with you a few words...Read More
It’s one of the great questions of our time: can your vibrator kill you?
The facts, unfortunately, speak for themselves: Aotearoa has the highest rate of homelessness in the OECD – by far. More...Read More
Once upon a time, so I’m told, New Zealand had a range of current affairs programmes. Covering stories from small...Read More
Dear Right Honourable Bill English, Prime Minister of New Zealand,
We’ve been pondering your views on feminism, especially since we...Read More
I’m so glad a millionaire took it upon himself to tell me why, at 26-years-old, I don’t own a house . I thought it was because of the so-called...Read More
You may not have heard much about it, but the Middle East is currently embroiled in its worst...Read More
Few things are as distressing as waking up and learning a terror attack has happened where your friends and whānau are. While our natural instinct...Read More