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.”

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. 

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

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