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- Apr 19, 2017
When it comes to abortion, a certain amount of secrecy still surrounds the subject. It can be hard to find information about abortion in New...Read More
Long before Beyonce explained that girls run the world, there was another woman of colour telling everyone to push for change and fight to...Read More
When it comes to badass do-gooders, Ida B. Wells would be right up there with the best of them. From supporting her five younger siblings, to...Read More
The world has been marking International Women’s Day on March 8 since 1975. On one hand it seems a little daft that we’re given just one day a...Read More
Yes, womynism. That’s not a misspelling, and it shouldn’t be confused with womanism, the movement started by...Read More
Over the last few weeks we’ve been talking about pregnancy and abortion. We’ve published two Villainesse Guides: one (in two parts) that gives...Read More
When it comes to pregnancy, making a decision can feel like being stuck between a rock and a hard place. No matter what path is chosen, it seems...Read More
In the weeks leading up to my abortion I developed a single-minded, day and night obsession with researching what the procedure was actually like...Read More
Of the many interesting things said about feminism, the idea that it may turn girls into criminals has to be one of the most outlandish.
Marriage. We’ve already established that I’m fairly ambivalent on the subject. Recent developments, however, may force me to reappraise my stance...Read More
I should be jumping for joy, I know. After decades of #BarbieSoWhite and thin, Mattel has finally announced that it will release a...Read More
If there’s one thing that you can predict with depressing confidence it’s that committing the act of having an opinion whilst female will usually...Read More
In news that will surprise very few women and many men, figures released last week showed that women working in the public sector in New Zealand...Read More
It’s been said a million times before by more eloquent women, but sometimes we really can’t win. From breaking our backs trying to do it all to...Read More
First published on Wednesday the 20th of May, 2015, this piece comes in at number 3 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
What is...Read More
First published on Friday the 12th of June, 2015, this piece comes in at number 8 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
Blame it on...Read More
First published on Wednesday the 20th of May, 2015, this piece comes in at number 9 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
It all...Read More
First published on Wednesday the 20th of May, 2015, this piece comes in at number 13 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of...Read More
First published on Monday the 3rd of August, 2015, this piece comes in at number 14 in the top 30 Villainesse...Read More
First published on Monday the 22nd of June, 2015, this piece comes in at number 15 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
When I was...Read More
First published on Saturday the 15th of August, 2015, this piece comes in at number 17 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
First published on Monday the 20th of July, 2015, this piece comes in at number 19 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
The first...Read More
First published on Friday the 29th of May, 2015, this piece comes in at number 20 in the top 30 Villainesse...Read More
First published on Sunday the 5th of July, 2015, this piece comes in at number 22 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
Today I...Read More
First published on Thursday the 21st of May, 2015, this piece comes in at number 23 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
First published on Friday the 26th of June, 2015, this piece comes in at number 30 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
It’s a...Read More
On the morning of Sunday the 8 th of November, TVNZ’S My Kitchen Rules star Katrina Dunlop woke up...Read More
Depending on your point of view (and/or your generation), social media is likely either an essential part of modern life, something that just is...Read More
Words, like fashions, come and go. The word ‘badass’ appears to be having its moment in the sun, and indeed, it features as an important element...Read More
A woman's body is not a table. A woman's body is not furniture. A woman's body is not a prop. So who in the I Love Ugly advertising team thought...Read More
Inside the courtroom, belief can be the difference between freedom and incarceration. It can also be the difference between justice served and...Read More
We’ve all heard about Taylor Swift’s ‘ squad ’. She has a penchant for collecting and connecting kickass women. While Taylor’s bunch of beautiful...Read More
I have a confession to make. I’ve started having flashbacks of the daydreams I had as a kid of being Supergirl. She was one...Read More
Hotline Bling has to be one of the catchiest tracks of 2015. It has been stuck in...Read More
There are days, like today, when we need to take a deep breath and quietly reflect on the world we live in. When no words can adequately convey...Read More
The Green Party has recently announced that if it ever came to power, its Cabinet would contain an equal number of women and men. It would be a...Read More
Not only is Hermione Granger one of the smartest witches ever to go through Hogwarts, she’s a badass feminist too. Don't believe me? Here are some...Read More
Against a blank background, a woman sits at a simple table, reading her favourite book aloud...Read More
Germaine Greer is one of those names that are almost synonymous with feminism. Not on the same level as Gloria Steinem,...Read More
I would’ve been about 12-years-old when I was told off for being “pushy” and “aggressive”.
“Bossy” I could shrug off. By that stage I was...Read More
The year was 1990. The Soviet Union was teetering on the edge of collapse. George H. W. Bush had just ordered the US military to bomb Iraq. Mike...Read More
Yesterday morning I heard myself preface a statement with “this is going to sound very ‘feminist’, but…” I stopped and asked myself what the hell...Read More
“If you could go back and give your 20-year-old self some advice, what would you say?”
If it was a 35-year-old me confronted with that...Read More
It’s not exactly a huge secret that I like to follow sports from time to time, so it was hardly surprising that I was flipping through results on...Read More
This is a special #MyBodyMyTerms story. Madeleine de Young is a #MyBodyMyTerms cast member.
The end of Is Anyone Up does not equal the...Read More
Welcome back to Sexist shit the media says , in which we call out the freshest sexist bullshit served up by organisations that should know better...Read More
It’s a brave new [hairy] world. Miley Cyrus dyed her armpit hair pink and Tumblr is filled with confident young women embracing their leg hair....Read More
This internet thing is a pretty cool invention. Best of all, you can now get bite-sized doses of girl power delivered straight to your twitterfeed...Read More
Slut. Stud. It’s a double standard as old as time. New research announced last week found that girls are still being penalised for having sex,...Read More
Yesterday I compared myself to Rowan Blanchard, the 13-year-old star of Disney’s Girl Meets World , and...Read More
Comedy, arguably more ubiquitous now than ever before, has become a regular and valuable part of our entertainment scene, and I’m all about it. I’...Read More
Sex. Everyone’s doing it, right? Or so they say… I distinctly remember being 16, not having had sex, and deep down wondering whether there was...Read More
In my honestly held opinion, if there is one human on this whole planet that should never, ever become...Read More
It’s a jungle out there. You never know whether you’re going to run into a friendly fellow pack-member or a creepy-as-fuck predator. As members of...Read More
I don’t often find myself star-struck. It probably has something to do with...Read More
On April 11 th , 2015, Ione Wells was sexually assaulted whilst walking from the Chalk Farm London Underground station to her home in Camden....Read More
Nikki Ralston fell so in love with yoga that she created her own yoga method, called the Ralston Method. We chatted to her about mindfulness,...Read More
Ever thought of life as a game of snakes and ladders? Buzzfeed’s recent Walk of Privilege video brings that concept to...Read More
Two World Cups. Playing the same game, with the same skills required, the same practise time, and the same level of dedication. So why did one...Read More