The Year I Lived in Wellington

I often tell people that I hate Wellington and they laugh, I mean who hates Wellington? It is a charming town, full of art and culture and good food. People normally think that I’m joking, but I’m not. For me, it was like a shoe that looks so pretty and seems to fit nicely in…

Maybe the Internet Raised Me

In have learned more about from the internet than I did at university. While I am grateful to my university education for providing me with a framework, a theoretical perspective that changed the way I thinkĀ  and has added depth and nuance to my analysis of the world, the real meat of my feminist education…

Intersectionality is NOT Fucking Divisive

I have been hearing over and over again lately, on the news, on social media, on blogs that we should stop calling out privilege because it harms ‘the movement’ whether that be the women’s, the left, or the LGBT movement. Yeah well fuck that noise. A movement of any kind that does not look at…

On Stigma and Violence

I have been thinking a lot lately on the relationship between stigma and violence. When bad things happen, for example: an abortion clinic is bombed or a gay person is beaten for being gay, those who preach intolerance are very quick to deny responsibility. They claim that preaching intolerance and stigmatising marginalised populations is not…

Appropriation and Me

I have been thinking a lot about cultural appropriation lately. What does it mean to appropriate something? What is the line between appropriation and appreciation? Does it even matter? I cannot talk about appropriation without going back to my childhood as an Immigrant in New Zealand. When I was a child being seen in public…

Thank You Audre

It was Audre Lorde’s birthday on February the 18th.There are some people who change the world just by being in it, and I feel like Audre Lorde was one of them. Simply being who she was, a queer black woman, and being unashamed and refusing to be erased and silenced was an incredible and revolutionary…