Villainesse investigates rape culture in New Zealand schools
- Mar 24, 2017
There are few things more terrifying than walking into a party of complete strangers alone. That moment when you look around the room and realise...Read More
We’re writing to address a recent controversy that has caused us a great deal of sadness. We’ve been very sorry to see the #MyBodyMyTerms hashtag...Read More
Five Women. Five Questions. Five Days.
Who: Diane Foreman, entrepreneur
Why: As the woman who founded, chaired and ran Emerald...Read More
As a young person, I’m used to taking a fair amount of shit. Whether we’re being accused of being lazy, entitled, facile, or selfish, there’s...Read More
When Lady Gaga took to the stage at the Oscars, I wasn’t prepared for what was going to happen next. I certainly won’t forget it.
In the wake of a court verdict that saw pop princess Kesha Sebert denied an injunction against...Read More
It was one of those moments. Like when Lady...Read More
Chivalry is dead. That’s how the saying goes, isn’t it? But if you ask me, some things are better off in the ground. No mourning necessary....Read More
Yep, it’s that time of year again. The dreaded Day . No, not the one with the tinsel and the red and white hats. Not the one with the chocolate...Read More
Boobs. Half the population has them. Frankly, they’re rather mundane. They come in all shapes and colours and sizes and, speaking as someone who...Read More
For most of the first 15 years of my life, I lived on a remote farm on the lush fringes of the Te Urewera National Park. This...Read More
We're not going to waste our time writing about you. That would only feed your narcissism.
We'll keep it brief: You...Read More
I found my teenage diaries during a wardrobe clear out last week. I had religiously kept a daily record of my teenage angst between the ages of...Read More
First published on Tuesday the 29th of September, 2015, this piece comes in at number 2 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
First published on Monday the 16th of November, 2015, this piece comes in at number 4 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
It was...Read More
First published on Sunday the 13th of September, 2015, this piece comes in at number 10 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
A few...Read More
First published on Wednesday the 27th of May, 2015, this piece comes in at number 16 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
If I had...Read More
First published on Tuesday the 1st of September, 2015, this piece comes in at number 26 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
"If I'...Read More
First published on Sunday the 21st of June, 2015, this piece comes in at number 28 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
“I do not...Read More
First published on Thursday the 4th of June, 2015, this piece comes in at number 29 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
I was...Read More
The ‘Christmas spirit’ is often talked about during this time of year. Piles of presents are accumulating under many trees, my own among them....Read More
While we’re basking in the glow of the planet’s nations actually agreeing to do something about climate change in Paris, there’s a group of people...Read More
Fat, skinny, small, large; there is no shortage of words that can be used to describe our bodies. In an age preoccupied with the visual, the way...Read More
Rarely is such vitriolic hysteria evoked than when Christmas is seemingly ‘threatened’. Between Fox News ’ reporting of the so-called War on...Read More
On Monday, I was beyond honoured to sing Whakaaria Mai (How Great Thou Art) at the public memorial service for the legendary Jonah Lomu. It was...Read More
Ripped bodies, symmetrical faces, a sense of humour, money, power… the list of things [heterosexual/...Read More
I can’t stand the word ‘tolerance’. It implies that something, or someone, has to be tolerated....Read More
Whether we like it or not, the flag referendum is now upon us, forcing us to rank the five shortlisted alternatives from best-of-a-bad-bunch to...Read More
The last two days have to mark some of the lowest of the low in New...Read More
I’m not sure where it all went awry, but somewhere along the way ‘ambition’ became a dirty word… particularly when preceded by the word ‘her’. The...Read More
Much has been written about Barbie over the years. She has arguably generated more column inches than any other plastic humanoid. She’s attracted...Read More
From Cleopatra and her apparently bacteria-fighting lead-laden eye make up to the “ harmless toilet preparations ” (containing mercury, carbolic...Read More
I stand alone in the bathroom, the early morning light streaming in through the frosted glass. Warily, I lift my gaze to take in my reflection....Read More
The news that Australia had gained (if we can call it a ‘gain’) a new Prime Minister came as both the most anticipated event of the year and the...Read More
It’s hard to believe that the US presidential election is over a year away. It is scheduled...Read More
In Roseburg, Oregon, an unimaginable horror has rocked a small, rural community. Yesterday morning, a 26-year-old man, believed to be Chris Harper...Read More
Ted Dawe’s Into the River has been banned from distribution in New Zealand, with companies facing fines of $10,000 should they breach the order...Read More
There is just one simple thing that differentiates me from a Syrian refugee...Read More
As a millennial, reading so-called ‘serious’ publications presents many hazards. If we’re not being told that we’re lazy or entitled, we’re being...Read More
Virginity is actually a pretty weird concept, if you stop to think about it. It was a regular topic of conversation throughout my teens, discussed...Read More
Ruawai is a one of those towns you wouldn’t remember you’d been to, unless you were prompted. It’s the kumara capital of New Zealand, but that’s...Read More
There are few questions worse than “so, what are you going to do with your life?” I remember trying out different answers throughout my teens. I’d...Read More
I jetted into Woolworths on a Monday morning, grabbing my usual essentials whilst on the lookout for a high protein snack. I came across a tasty...Read More
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the so-called ‘ manosphere ’ is among the most vile, misogynistic, anti-LGBTQIAAPP (lesbian, gay,...Read More
My name is Kate and I have an eating disorder. There. I said it. What a relief. It’s tempting to use the past tense and say ‘had’, but that would...Read More
I spent my Sunday morning feeling incensed. First, I was furious about how New Zealand prisons are being turned into a profit-generating industry...Read More
Nice guys finish last. Apparently. Or so YouTube user Nigahiga would have us believe. His viral video sparked a lot of discussion about the nature...Read More
Another day, another headline about institutional racism in America. ‘ Unarmed black man killed by Baltimore County police ’. ‘ White Mississippi...Read More
Until a few years ago the only trolls I’d heard of were Troll Dolls , the gullible psychopath terrorising the Billy...Read More
Fuck. Four little letters. One powerful word.
Growing up, swearing was a smackable offence in our house; it was made clear from the...Read More
Unless you live in some kind of 1950’s time warp, you’re likely to be familiar with the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer. Relative...Read More
It’s just another night in Ponsonby. It’s a summery Friday evening and I’m out with a bunch of friends. We’ve been dancing in a courtyard bar and...Read More
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. A little certificate that represents one of the most interesting things I’ve ever done with my life....Read More
This year the world has accepted a transgender person like never before. Caitlyn Jenner has been blazing a trail for transgender people everywhere...Read More
Sounds like a very bad joke, right? Not even Jerry Seinfeld could defend that one. But if political correctness is apparently the bane of our...Read More
As Daniel Dorling, Professor of Human Geography at Sheffield University summarises in his book Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists , “as...Read More
I was a dehydrated, skinny little girl when my insatiable thirst landed me in the ER. I can still remember my green socks poking out of the sheets...Read More
I’m often asked for advice. I’m that girl. Which is great, because sharing our wisdom can often be the only way to keep learning and get to know...Read More
You could argue that it is a fundamental human right to have a roof over your head; somewhere safe and warm to sleep at night that’s not going to...Read More