Murder in ‘paradise’

The photo above hangs in my dining room and evokes lovely memories of my holiday to Auckland 10 years ago. My daughter played on Devonport beach as a 9 year old. We had soft sand,…

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Putting context around sexism doesn’t make it better

A prestigious sporting prize is awarded to a female footballer for the first time. At the awards ceremony, she is asked about her dancing talent instead. Not only is she asked some innocuous comment about…

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After the mid-term wins in America, feminism is certainly not dead

A record number of women will be taking their seats in Congress after their mid-term election wins in the USA. As a sharp response to Donald Trump’s misogyny and his support,more recently, for Brett Kavanaugh,…

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The pornification of toothpaste

A picture of a woman with toothpaste coming out of her mouth seems innocuous enough doesn’t it? Look at the words on the beer mat. There are two uses of the word ‘oral’ and one…

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It is alright to cry on your child’s first day of school

There is a certain game of Darwinism played within the circle of mothers which seeks to shame those perceived as being weak and sentimental.  Crying at the school gates is one. Mother shaming takes many…

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