Young women discuss immigration
- May 23, 2017
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
Ever been described as an ‘angry’ feminist? Or been told that people would be more willing to listen to your argument if you didn’t ‘shout’ or ‘...Read More
Pearl Robin got a rude wake-up call when she graduated from uni. The first in her family of six kids to get a degree...Read More
Five Women. Five Questions. Five Days.
Who: Kathryn Wilson, footwear designer and entrepreneur
Why: An AMP scholarship...Read More
Five Women. Five Questions. Five Days.
Who: Jane Hastings, the CEO of NZME.
Why: Her CV is one of the most impressive you’ll...Read More
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. One of the few examples of polysyllabic jargon that cluttered our vocabularies as children. (If this reference...Read More
Villainesse: If there were just one nutrition tip that you could give young women, what would it be?
Lee-Anne: Never under-estimate the...Read More
Ever since pretty much forever, human beings have been getting high. Some of our greatest songs have been written under the influence, whilst some...Read More
Received a new iPhone for Christmas? Thinking of upgrading your laptop? These often unnecessary device upgrades are becoming more and more common...Read More
The instructor singled her out three times during the gym class today. He made a joke of it, but his message was clear: mobile phones and gym...Read More
“What a time to be alive!” I hear people say it all the time. As if all of the...Read More
Debate may as well be my middle name. It probably comes as no surprise, especially to those who follow me on twitter, that I was the leader of the...Read More
When it comes to problematic things that women say, we’re pretty much spoilt for choice. Words like ‘sorry’ and ‘just’ come questionably easily to...Read More
It’s easy to zone out from the daily news coming out of Syria and Iraq; with stories of...Read More
First published on Saturday the 30th of May, 2015, this piece comes in at number 6 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
First published on Sunday the 14th of June, 2015, this piece comes in at number 18 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
Last year I...Read More
First published on Friday the 4th of December, 2015, this piece comes in at number 24 in the top 30...Read More
First published on Saturday the 12th of December, 2015, this piece comes in at number 30 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
First published on Thursday the 28th of May, 2015, this piece comes in at number 27 in the top 30 Villainesse stories of 2015.
I grew up...Read More
Time supposedly flies when you’re having fun. It also flies when you’re guiding a Villainesse through her first few months. Maybe that’s her super...Read More
Aotearoa, New Zealand. God’s own. The little country on the edge of the earth where we pride ourselves on looking out for our mates, giving...Read More
How much do you know about the products you buy? Are they biodegradable? Do they contain enough calories to be classified as a heart-attack-in-a-...Read More
Abortion. It’s one of the most controversial topics you could possibly throw into conversation. Right up there with politics, money and religion...Read More
It seems that barely a week goes by without some baby-boomer moaning about people who haven’t paid back their student loans. Taking even a cursory...Read More
Although it feels like this flag debate has been dragging on for about a decade, voting papers are right now...Read More
North Korea. The very name of the Asian country conjures images of legions of goose-stepping soldiers, atomic bombs, Kim Jong Un...Read More
Mental illness will affect one in six New Zealanders at some point in their lives. That’s approximately 582,000 people. It is far-reaching, it...Read More
In the year of our Lord 2015 we can order pizza online, pay our bills online, find true love,...Read More
The All Blacks’ historic success in the Rugby World Cup isn’t the only thing circulating the web this week. Interspersed between valiant shots of...Read More
We’ve all been there. In the middle of a conversation with a member of an older generation, chatting away, completely unsuspecting, when suddenly...Read More
Let’s cut to the chase: we need quotas for more women in government.
It’s sad that such a...Read More
I first stumbled upon the conundrum whilst talking to a friend about unsolicited...Read More
Flashback to 2014: Pharell’s ‘Happy’, Frozen, the ‘ice bucket challenge’, #HeForShe and… a photo hacking scandal in which over 500 celebrity nudes...Read More
On Tuesday morning (6 October), an anonymous 4chan user posted a warning about a possible mass shooting to take place at Otago University the...Read More
If you’re reading this in New Zealand, you’ve likely been rudely awoken a whole hour earlier than usual this morning. Daylight saving, while a...Read More
If you’d like to visit a cesspit of anti-women, anti-choice hysteria, may I humbly recommend checking out the #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag on...Read More
This is a special #MyBodyMyTerms story. Madeleine de Young is a #MyBodyMyTerms cast member.
The first time I was asked to send a naked...Read More
There are some questions that should never be asked. Questions that put people on the back foot before they’ve even opened their mouths to answer...Read More
It has to be one of the most awkward and yet secretly thrilling rites of passage. Whenever conversation turns to sex education I’m always filled...Read More
Clean eating, detoxing, dieting… We seem to live in an age when food is much more than fuel. What we put into our mouths has almost become a...Read More
In a world where the words ‘climate change’ appear with ever-increasing frequency it almost seems like they should be accompanied by some sort of...Read More
In 1995 in small town New Zealand, I watched a 5-year-old boy forage through the rubbish bins for his lunch. Not just once. Many times over the...Read More
Among the lead international news stories on an almost daily basis, the atrocities of the terror group known as the...Read More
If you were physically attacked at this very moment would you be able to successfully defend yourself?
Recently, in countries including...Read More
Their name means “ Western education is forbidden ” in Hausa, but even that morsel of information is more than many people know about Boko Haram,...Read More
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and...Read More
For over a year now Ukraine has been in the news headlines daily, often accompanied by pictures of...Read More
Why on earth do we need an article on how to read the news? It’s pretty self-explanatory, right? Find some news, online, in a newspaper, wherever...Read More
It happened at exactly 12:48 in the afternoon. We were in the middle of our first maths lecture for the semester, the professor mumbling something...Read More
The humble Facebook feud. We’ve all been in one. It’s something of a rite of passage. It’s one thing, however, to argue with people we don’t know...Read More
More often than is generally advisable, I wade knee-deep into debate, both online and IRL (in real life). I emphatically believe that all people...Read More
Dear people of Aotearoa and denizens of the Internet: it’s 2015.
Tablet computers are now a thing. So, too, is...Read More
We may as well call it the age of bombardment. Walking down the street, sitting at our desks, checking our...Read More