Deborah Russell: Another entry for the “Patriarchy harms men too” files

Reported a few days ago: Flexible work a career killer for men. Women who are offered flexible working arrangements are more likely to move into senior leadership roles, but men who decide to do the same thing are less likely to excel, an Australian report has found. The report by Bain & Company and Chief Executive Women found that the stigmas attached to men taking time off work to look after kids has meant there’s… Read more

Academia is in desperate need of a workplace revolution

If more women are to benefit from the gender equality that society prizes, it is time for the world of work to change, says Victoria Bateman As a bright girl who spent school holidays with her head in a book, I was given one piece of careers advice that has stuck with me ever since: never mind becoming a lawyer, a surgeon or a rocket scientist, become a teacher – as a woman, it will better allow you to balance work and family.… Read more

Annie Mikaere**: Maori Women: Caught in the Contradictions of a Colonised Reality*

I. INTRODUCTION It is often assumed that, according to tikanga Maori, leadership was primarily the domain of men and that men in Maori society exercised power over women. However, evidence abounds which refutes the notion that traditional Maori society attached greater significance to male roles than to female roles. This article begins with a discussion of the position of women in Maori society before colonisation.… Read more

Book Review: Food and Femininity by Kate Cairns and Josée Johnston

Women’s personal relationship with food has changed exponentially over the course of a few generations. In Food and Femininity, Kate Cairns and Josée Johnston explore the emotional and often complex relationship between food and ‘doing gender’, and how this impacts upon our understandings of femininity today. Food and Femininity, authored by Kate Cairns, Assistant Professor of Childhood Studies at Rutgers-Camden… Read more

Pala Molisa: White Ribbon — too white and too polite

Anti-violence campaigns like White Ribbon are all about men being “part of the solution”. Around White Ribbon Day each November, for example, men are encouraged to “Take the Pledge”, go on anti-violence marches, and do more to speak out against the crisis of male violence against women. And fair enough, too, because this crisis is one of the most important we face as a society. In New Zealand, a third of all women… Read more

Deborah Russell: There are more men named David running NZX-listed firms than there are women.

There are more men named David running NZX-listed firms than there are women, of any name. Also more Marks, Christophers and Michaels. When it comes to Chairmen of NZX-listed firms, then it’s Peters, Davids, Johns and Christophers at the top of the list, followed by women of any name. I collated the data and wrote about it for my university’s annual “Future NZ” magazine, which is a joint publication with the NZ… Read more

Is Beiber’s What Do You Mean? just as bad as Thicke’s Blurred Lines?

Robin Thicke’s song, “Blurred Lines,” achieved international recognition in 2013. But the lyrics were also heavily criticized as promoting sexual violence by celebrating “blurred lines” around sexual consent. Indeed, the song and video prompted an online photo essay in which women and men are depicted holding up signs with words they heard from their own rapists — some of which were almost direct… Read more

‘Women are just better at this stuff’: is emotional labor feminism’s next frontier?

We remember children’s allergies, we design the shopping list, we know where the spare set of keys is. We multi-task. We know when we’re almost out of Q-tips, and plan on buying more. We are just better at remembering birthdays. We love catering to loved ones, and we make note of what they like to eat. We notice people’s health, and force friends and family to go see the doctor. We listen to our partner’s woes, forgive… Read more