Stephanie Rodgers: I don’t want to lift children out of poverty

I’ve been thinking more about how we frame our messages this election year, and I’ve realised something pretty significant. I don’t want to lift children out of poverty. Because poverty isn’t a hole in the ground, which a few errant kids fell into by accident. Why weren’t they watching where they were going? Can’t they just get themselves out again? Where did that hole even come from? It’s been there forever.… Read more
Rows of primary school age Maori children in school uniform are having a school-supplied breakfast of Weetbix and milk

Eva Cox: ‘Empowerment’ feminism is not working – we need a far more radical approach to gender equality

International Women’s Day has come and gone, leaving the annual short burst attention to “women’s issues” in its wake. So now is a good time to look at what emerged from it, and whether gender equity has stalled. Simone de Beauvoir famously said that women are the second sex, made and not born. Society is what makes us. The use of the term “women’s issues” indicates we are still seen as such, as our presumed… Read more
Feminist symbol of pink open hands with the symbol for women in the palm of each hand.

Johannes Mengel: Q&A with Daniel Sarewitz: What is the role of science in a post-normal world?

I spoke with Daniel Sarewitz, Professor of Science and Society at Arizona State University, about post-normal science and what uncertainty means for scientists working to provide advice to policy-makers. This interview took place on the sidelines of the 2nd conference on science advice to governments in Brussels, Belgium, 28–29 September 2016. The debate about post-normal science starts with an observation:… Read more
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Alicia Sudden: The Plight of the Beneficiary

To be a beneficiary in New Zealand is to be innately separate from the rest of the population. It comes with connotations about who you are as a person, your motivations, your worth. This is the result of decades of homogenising and dehumanising discourses. And these have very real impacts on the rights and wellbeing of people in New Zealand.   One example is the benefit dependency discourse. This is a collection… Read more
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Morgan C. Matthews: When Women Roar: Women’s Political Participation in the 2016 General Election

Girls and women can, for the first time, see a woman on the ballot for President of the United States. This pivotal moment in history is the first time we can analyze the effect a woman at the top of a major U.S. party ticket has on the gender gap in political participation. Historically, men have had higher rates of political participation than women – especially when you consider visible political acts. Will the 2016… Read more

Stuart Bender: Not really Hollywood: the media’s misleading framing of Islamic State videos

In 2014 the Islamic State (IS) became a factory of propaganda videos, many of which depict executions. The first to attract significant media coverage in the West showed the beheading of American journalist James Foley. It also introduced a British-accented executioner dubbed “Jihadi John” in various media outlets. Jihadi John would subsequently appear as the executioner in a number of IS beheading videos.… Read more
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