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Fair pay for exploited women

Employers and business owners, who wish to extract maximum profits by paying their lowest ranked and most precariously employed workers a pittance, are the people most likely to welcome the new right wing coalition government’s repealing of NZ’s Fair Pay Agreement. Unsurprisingly, given the long history of women being an exploited sex-class, there tends to be a disproportionally high percentage of women in such low paid positions. 

Women’s Sports, inclusion & fairness: Part Two

It is surprising that transwomen have been the main focus of transactivist lobbying for their inclusion in female sports, when it is fair treatment for trans identified females (transmen), and some people with Difference/Variations of Sex Development (DSDs) that really is the difficult issue. This is glaring evidence of yet another form of sex-based inequality.

The Ideological Grift That Keeps Giving

In anticipation of real men throwing real punches, trans rights activists who had called for mass protest against Let Women Speak, promptly bottled out

Women’s Sports, inclusion & fairness: Part One

The World Athletics Council are to be congratulated for recently joining international organisations, like World Rugby and swimming’s Fina, in restricting competition in the international women’s athletic division to those who have not gone through male puberty. It’s not banning trans identified males from competition as some of NZ’s media has hysterically proclaimed.  Transwomen can compete in the category designated for their sex, subject to further revisions of the policy. It is up to men to make transwomen welcome, safe, and accepted in their competitions.

‘Meat pies’ aplenty: NZ women’s rugby on the up

I’m excited about the women’s Super Rugby Aupiki semi-final games on Sunday (19 March 2023), in spite of the small number of teams competing in the current competition. ed the top slot in the HSBC international rankings, winning the last 4 tournaments on the circuit. The domestic Super Rugby Aupiki competition shows a vast improvement in skills and tactics from last year.

The missing sense and consensus in the NZ Census

The gender and sexuality questions in the NZ 2023 census are a bit of a muddle. Some of the definitions provided by the NZ Census and Statistics NZ departments add to the confusion. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to answer the questions truthfully. It’s causing concern for many feminists and LGB people who understand the significance of material reality, science, and biology.
A better future for women and children is on the horizon

Event – “Building a Better Future” – 5.30pm, Wednesday 18 January

While many feminists’ attention remains focused solely on gender identity, issues like access to clean air and water, adequate food and shelter, quality social assistance through health, education and welfare services remain central to good lives for women and children.

Damned body seems to have a mind of its own! Yes, Judith, bodies matter! *

This is kind of the nature-nuture thing revisited. We are born with bodies that are very similar to other human bodies. Nevertheless, females are born with different reproductive systems from those of males. Within elements we share, we each have individual differences: our unique talents and weaknesses. The basis of all these things last for life, but our unique skills and failings can be improved or weakened to some extent by our experiences, choices, and individual efforts. And these will in turn impact on society and its arrangements such as those of our health system, which is a present under immense stress.

When the Chickens Come Home to Roost

Kate Weatherly, a New Zealand transgender athlete in women’s downhill mountain biking, has spoken out against FINA’s (Fédération Internationale De Natation) new rules for trans inclusion in women’s events. In a sense, Weatherly is right, there are bigger issues in women's sport than the participation of a few transgender athletes.

A Lefteous Rant

In the New Zealand parliament last week there was a unanimous vote on a law change arising from a gender identity ideology which runs counter to, and cuts deeply into established knowledge that is foundational to all human societies across time – the knowledge that there are two sexes.

Media Watch or Media Botch?

Colin Peacock – usually one of the most reliably discerning voices in New Zealand media – set sail last week on the stormy waters of the gender identity debate. After some curious navigational choices, the good ship Media Watch almost foundered on the dangerous reefs lying between the Scylla of confirmation bias, and the Charybdis of ideological forelock tugging.

Open Letter from Women’s Liberation Aotearoa about the Safety of Women Prisoners

We are pleased to hear New Zealand Department of Corrections state – after RNZ’s exposures of examples of grossly unacceptable practices in New Zealand’s prisons – that it aims to be a "world-leading centre of excellence for the management and care of women prisoners”. We trust that aim applies with equal force to all who are in prison.

Renee Gerlich’s ‘Brief, Complete Herstory’

On October 22, feminist writer Renee Gerlich finished publishing her seven volume Brief, Complete Herstory series, a female centred, colour illustrated history of the world from the Big Bang to the present day. If you have ever wanted a succinct, digestible overview of history, here it is!
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A Force of Nature

In keeping with the natural evolution of viruses, Covid-19 has continually mutated, and this leads to ongoing uncertainties and inequalities. The research so far is highlighting that in this pandemic both biological sex differences, and socially constructed, gendered behaviours are significant factors that need to be clearly separated in much of the research.

What a Tangled Web…

Some of us have been worrying for years about the long term, adverse effects of what has become known as the Dutch Protocol. Abigail Shrier’s article about two prominent American advocates of the protocol who are stepping back from it, is timely in New Zealand given two pieces of legislation, currently in Select Committee, may well result in an increase in its application here.

MANZ Submission to Proposals on Gender Self-Identification

The Multigendered are the living embodiment of the oppression intersection, and governments must ensure that we are able to manage the flow of traffic through our own complex, and shifting, gender intersections.

Gender identity – why we can’t look away

While we are told birth certificate laws are just about making it easy and less embarrassing for trans people to provide official identification that matches their internal feelings -  under gender identity ideology, it goes further than that - a change in identity now guarantees access to single sex spaces and services - regardless of the feelings of people born into that sex.

Jan Logie on the C word: what is the impact on women?

Jan Logie, Green MP, gave an excellent speech this week on income inequalities and those doing it tough in the Covid era. How does this impact on women, especially those living in the most precarious situations?

Rocks and hard places: the punitive sanctioning of mothers

Almost four decades of neoliberalism has hit New Zealand beneficiaries hard, especially large numbers of solo mothers on benefits. They have become the most demonised of beneficiaries, as seen in the impact of sanctioning parents (96% of whom are women) for failing to name the other parent of their child.

Go Women’s Rugby!

Farah Palmer Cup and Olympic Women's 7s

Hating on the Hate Speech Proposals

It’s incredible that the Government is happy to waste so much political capital on laws for which no cogent case has been made.
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Remembering Broadsheet

In the month that Women's Liberation Aotearoa launches its new website, it seems fitting to recall those feminists who went before us.

Striking a pose

Neo-liberalism has been in the driving seat for almost forty years.

What’s possible and what’s not

The young women’s frustration with being abused, being unable to speak up, and seeing no consequences for male behaviour was clear from the signs, which read: “Our bodies are not your conversation starters”, “My assaulter got a second chance”, and “No more excuses, dismantle rape culture.”

Born in the wrong body

At the Speak Up For Women event in Wellington on 15 July, a person made the claim that the place name "Whakatāne" commemorates a trans man. This whakaaro is a response to that claim. 

THE UNSPOKEN: The Slippery Gendering of Sex

When we adults engage with young children, we often marvel at their inborn drive to make sense of themselves and world around them.

HOT AIR RISES: A response to Glenn McConnell

We may forgive McConnell's youthful hubris but his apparent ignorance of history and of contemporary realities is harder to excuse.