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…

When Women Talk About Health

Angelina Jolie has been making waves over the past week for her decision to undergo a double mastectomy to substantially reduce the likelihood her having breast cancer.  This is something that strikes close to the bone with me.  Like Jolie, my mother too faced a long and painful battle with cancer that ended when she…

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…

This is going to be a little ranty.

[Content note for street harassment and strong  language] Do you know what really fucking sucks? Not being able to go about my day without being harassed. Not being able to walk down the street without being treated like a full human being, rather than a pair of tits on legs. It is not your right,…

Its the little things

It can be relatively easy to see oppression in macro ways,  violence, exclusion from institutions,  damage to property, or people leafletting about how they don’t think you belong in this country. Those are visible things that people who have privilege can see and perhaps begin to understand the harm that results from marginalisation. While these…

Women with Voices

On Tuesday Malala Yousafzai and two other girls were shot on their way to school in rural Pakistan As of today Malala’s condition remains critical, she has a 70% chance of surviving but she may never be the same again. If you don’t know who Malala is you can find out about her back story…

I’m not sorry for making you uncomfortable

Sometimes I make other people uncomfortable. This usually happens when I venture into spaces where you usually wouldn’t find someone like me, safe spaces for bigotry if you will. Where people are so used to everyone around them being just like them, coming from a similar background, sharing similar values so they don’t have to…