In March 2020, just before the end times, the pop-up Globe right here in Tāmaki Makaurau, played a farewell season, and one of the plays was called Emilia. Who was Emilia? She was a published poet, a mother, a teacher and a feminist, from 1569 to 1645! Emilia was five years younger than a dude y’all might know, Willy Shakespeare. She did live longer than him tho, by about 30 years. If you *do* know Shakespeare, you might know that there was a ‘dark lady’ in his Sonnets, an unacknowledged inspiration for his plays, and Lloyd Malcolm, the playwright of Emilia, says it might just be Emilia. This is the closing monologue with some wee Viv changes.
Coasting down the wave of good kudos from my post on IITP Techblog, where I was applauded for being positive about all this 'gender stuff', comes this gem via the Guardian. Go on, go check it out and come on back when you're done. So, let me enlighten you, dear reader, as to why it's … Continue reading Enough already!
This is going to be a true rambling. It will just start, and probably kinda end when I feel like it. I've had a bit of a mixed weekend. Firstly, I went to a BBQ to hang out with some mates who, admittedly, we've drifted away from in recent times. Through no fault of anyone, … Continue reading Mixed Results
This is a bit of a film review post as well as a high five and kudos to Hollywood recently! Last two movies I've seen is the remake of Dredd and Interstellar. Those of you that read my blog regularly (or follow my crazy ramblings on Twitter) know that I'm proudly and loudly a feminist. … Continue reading Interstellar, Dredd and kudos all round
TRIGGER WARNING: While there is no explicit content in this post, I do mention sex-based crimes. Just came back from a comedy show in town, and it was pretty damn funny. Must admit, there were bits where I laughed so hard I couldn't really breathe. Good night all round. Then there were bits where I thought... … Continue reading Patriarchy and Comedy
I read the most amazing book last night. I am a unashamed loud and proud feminist. I thought I knew all there was to know about gendered marketing and sexism. I thought that I was safe from all that with my two boys. Boy was I wrong. I'd, of course, always been personally affected by … Continue reading The Achilles Effect
TRIGGER WARNING So the slight irony here is that my previous post was entitled "Glad to be home". Since then, we've had the entire Roastbuster's story (see links below) and lots and lots in all sorts of popular media about rape and what it means. Then this morning I see a link about "Anti-Rape wear"! … Continue reading ARRGH
You may have heard about the 'women-only' art exhibit at the Dowse Art Gallery (which opened last weekend) It's had a bit of light press over the last few weeks, ever since they announced it. I'm not weighing in on whether it is right or not to ban men from attending. I can see both … Continue reading Sexism at its best