Immigrants to New Zealand

You Need Us

Sometimes I am amused by the shape that public discussions take when immigration is the issue. It is always, “they are stealing our jobs”, “they don’t assimilate”, “if they don’t like it they can go somewhere else” blah blah blah. Over and over again around and around in circles. Always a crucial factor is ignored…

On Representation

I have been catching up on ‘Game of Thrones’ lately and I realised one of the main reasons I find the show so engaging is that there are oodles of women in it. Not only that but there are many different types of women and they are all fully realised characters – each three dimensional…

Rihanna: The Imperfect Victim

[Content note for discussion of domestic violence and misogynistic slurs] Rihanna has been getting a lot of shit in the media lately because of how she has spoken about Chris Brown in her interview with Oprah and other sources. The media has a tendency to search for and present people as either perfect victims or…

Merida from Brave

Bravery: Thoughts about strong female leads

It has been posited by various sources that the heroine of Brave Merida, could be read as being a Lesbian.  [Full disclosure I have not seen the movie yet] The lesbianisation of female leads is something that happens pretty commonly when a characters sexuality is not explicitly determined or overtly defined. This I believe is…

All Apologies

This is I suppose an open letter to anyone in the public eye who has ever been called out for something. It is hard being involved in social justice. Your heroes fail you all the fucking time, that is expected, we are all human beings, no one is perfect blablabla. The problem is they then…