We need to talk about the gay double standard
- Mar 20, 2017
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
Here’s a fun fact: Earth is slowly dying. So for those of us who enjoy breathing clean air, looking at majestic photos of polar bears in their...Read More
The statistics are bleak: of the estimated 1.25 million sailors worldwide, only between one and two per cent are women. There are a whole lot of...Read More
You wonder what has gone wrong in the world. You look at North America, apparently slumbering in its stupor, thinking “what,” followed by a single...Read More
January always seems to pass in a haze. By the time I can figure out...Read More
First published on Saturday the 1st of October, 2016...Read More
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First published on Thursday the 28th of January, 2016, this piece comes in at number 28 in the top 30 most read Villainesse stories of 2016....Read More
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right?
Let’s be honest with each other and just admit that for many of us, the answer is most...Read More
Fluctuations in the prime lending rate could lead to disaster in exchange markets while undermining currency robustness and portending a return...Read More
Museums. Musty old places to look at musty, and dusty, old things – with an emphasis on musty. That’s what they are, right?...Read More
Russia has been described by the likes of Winston Churchill as “riddle,...Read More
Seriously. My God.
The United States has just elected a Neanderthal as its president.
To rephrase: the most powerful...Read More
Unless you’ve been living under a literal...Read More
The idea that we need to question things in order to make sure we have a free and...Read More
By now, the fact that Donald Trump has behaved...Read More
“I feel that we are in the era of the hijab. We’re in a time where the place of the hijab, the niqab and burka are being argued.” My friend Aisha’...Read More
We’ve heard it all before, and we know that it’s an issue: we need to encourage...Read More
Just think on that word for a moment....Read More
Over the past decade, I have unwittingly been testing the fight or flight hypothesis over and over again. I, like an alarming number of other Kiwi...Read More
The United Nations. It’s a name that appears in virtually every world news...Read More
Adolf Hitler. Joseph Stalin. Pol Pot. Saddam Hussein. Kim Jong Un. Bashar al-Assad. Vladimir...Read More
No means no. Always.
Simple right? It’s one of the keys to consent – but is...Read More
This past Saturday was rather ordinary in New Zealand, a humdrum winter’s day filled...Read More
“Don’t be a cry-baby!”
“Suck it up!”
“What are you afraid of?”
Amongst the chaos of our modern world, there’s not much...Read More
2016: Welcome to the post-facts age. The anecdotal era. A time when anything can be true as long as someone tells you it is. A seminal and...Read More
As the child of two workaholics, I’ve always known that the apple wouldn’t fall too far from the tree. My workaholism started early – throughout...Read More
With the announcement that a small town in rural Queensland – complete with 16 properties, a community hall and three saw mills – entered the real...Read More
“ Tired of being ignored ” by politicians, a group of pensioners recently came together to form a new political party . The New Zealand Seniors...Read More
Yesterday, in a blaze of bigotry and hatred, 50 people were gunned down in a LGBT+ nightclub in Orlando. It was the deadliest US mass-shooting in...Read More
What. The. Absolute. Fuck.
Seriously, what the fuck?
That was my initial reaction when I read about the latest travesty of the...Read More
The Sims, one of the best-selling games of all time, has allowed players to do some pretty hilarious (and in...Read More
This month, it was announced that Angelina Jolie Pitt was appointed visiting professor-in-practice by the...Read More
To : Female Senior High School Students in West Auckland
From : Your Discerning School Principals & Boards
According to American blogger Amanda Lauren , now that I have a ring on it, it is up to me, as a married woman, to not let myself go and stay hot...Read More
Another airplane has been downed . Background checks on the passenger manifesto will commence. There will be claims of terrorism. Finger pointing...Read More
Most people can agree that the US state of North Carolina’s recently-passed bathroom law – which forces people to use the bathroom corresponding...Read More
I hate the word ‘cunt’.
It’s with a visceral hatred that I confess how disgusting I find it....Read More
As an English major, my professors and peers generally occupy the left end of the American political spectrum – meaning that they will vote for...Read More
We’ve all heard the narrative – men are naturally promiscuous, libidinous, horny devils who simply need to have sex all the time, right? And women...Read More
Modern life is a digital jungle. You just never know what is lurking in the next newsfeed refresh. Amid the chaos of multiple social media...Read More
Yes, I know, that’s hardly a profound insight. Anyone who has not lived under a literal rock probably knows this.
With the emergence of Deez Nutz as a viable electoral candidate, talk of Ted Cruz moonlighting as the Zodiac Killer , and just Donald Trump in...Read More
Thrown around in discussions about politics and economics (some of which could quite understandably send you to sleep), the term ‘neoliberalism’...Read More
I have a love-hate relationship with social media. As a journalist who started out when there was no such thing as email, I can tell you the...Read More
We know that getting active can be a scary prospect, especially when you've never really been into sport, fitness or exercise. Sources inform us,...Read More
As anyone who knows me can attest, I live for travel, particularly to places tourists don’t usually go. See: North Korea , Afghanistan, Zimbabwe,...Read More
Until yesterday, we were operating on daylight saving time here in Australia. That means longer...Read More
In our modern western world, there is no shortage of choices to make when it comes to the products we use. Not every product is created equal,...Read More
If you live in New Zealand, you’ve likely heard the word ‘flag’ a lot lately. You may even be so sick of it that you’d rather pierce your eardrums...Read More
As a woman, having something ‘mansplained’ to you is arguably one of the most frustrating things on the planet. No one likes a condescending...Read More