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Understanding – Like Really Understanding Safe Spaces

*Names changed for privacy reasons Kia ora e hoa mā, This is an article about how I changed my opinions on safe spaces, and why you should too.  Earlier this year, I began writing a piece about safe spaces and why they were unnecessary.  I thought I was being original and edgy by saying that … Continue reading

Vagina Cupcake Gate

“Trans women are not only a reminder to society that gender categories are not fixed, but also that woman hood and feminine gender expression is not something to be ashamed of”. Therefore, having an understanding of trans-misogyny, and the knowledge that trans women’s issues are synonymous with women’s rights is absolutely imperative to being a feminist today. Continue reading

Bran Guns and Beth: Yarns Over the Years

Albert Asher is a 98 year old veteran of the Second World War and New Zealand welfare system. Born into a large family who couldn’t afford to keep him, granddad spent his first 20 years in foster care. From there, he became a milkman, and just a few years later, joined the army where he … Continue reading

Leaving Home

Moving out of my well-meaning but over-bearing parents’ home was always something I’d dreamt of. My fantasy was simple. No screaming matches over the standard of my room’s cleanliness, no black and white morals shoved down my throat, and a life where I made my own rules. It didn’t matter how shoddy the living conditions, it would still be … Continue reading

Socially Aware

It’s easy to find things wrong with your life. Innumerable things need improving, changing, throwing away, or are boring. It’s these things which stick out as flaws in the perfect life YOU deserve to be living, where you’re totally content and happy with all aspects of your existence. Never fear! There’s a fix for everything … Continue reading

The Philosophy of the Human Psyche

Plato believes that the nature of human beings is to have three main parts to their psyche; appetite, will and reason. In each individual person, one of these traits will dominate their personality, and primary motives. Those dominated by appetite are driven by physical desires such as hunger, sex and financial gain – things that … Continue reading

In Defense of the Dark Arts

Changing attitudes in any generatiion starts at the top; politicians, the media and business people need to spread the message that creative thinkers are people we need in society. If not, our world will lose out on potential agents for the change it is crying out for. Inequality, war, environmental problems, health epidemics and recessions show no sign of ending, and obviously we need to look at new ways of doing things. With their skills in innovation, research and analytical thinking; arts students will be part of that solution – including me
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How Capitalism Contributes to Human Trafficking in Russia Today

The contemporary social problem I am interested in accounting for is human trafficking. This modern-day slave trade is currently going on right under our noses globally; both in developed and so-called ‘undeveloped’ countries. Because of its necessarily hidden nature, it’s difficult to tell exactly how many people are affected by it. However, the International Labour … Continue reading

How to Avoid a Cold This Winter

Don’t want to be that person with a disgusting snotty noise constantly sniffing in lectures? In this article I’ll highlight how to beat whatever is ailing you this colder season, and how to prevent any future illnesses. It would’ve been easy to let myself be miserable when I came down with a horrible hacking, chesty … Continue reading

I Snuck into Laneway Festival! A review

Although I was only there for three hours, my unexpected venture into St Jerome’s Laneway Festival solidified my decision to buy a ticket in 2015. I wanted to go legitimately this year, but at the end of a very action-packed, expensive summer with the added factor of Lorde pulling out to perform at the Grammys, … Continue reading