On the conversations we should be having about women’s bodies.
- Oct 17, 2019
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
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Dear Mark Richardson and...Read More
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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
According to statistics , one in three girls under 16 years of age will be subject to an unwanted sexual experience, and one in five adult women...Read More
Immigration. It’s one of those things that everyone seems to have an opinion about – and a pretty strong one at that. With record migration in...Read More
I have a confession to make.
I am a mansplainer.
I know, I know – it’s pretty damning. After all, I do just so happen to be an...Read More
It’s getting harder to imagine by the...Read More
Here’s a random fact: in Sierra Leone, if two women get caught having sex with each other, the law has nothing to say about it. Nada. Which is...Read More
When it comes to the law, we don’t often focus on the unpopular side of the story. In a democracy such as our own, however, a key part of our...Read More
This year, in the lead up to International Women’s Day, we are celebrating our ‘...Read More
It’s hardly news that women are vastly under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering...Read More