Why don’t old people piss off, so the younger generation can take over running the world?

I had to laugh. A friend’s friend’s adult child declared that they wished old people would piss off so they – i.e. the friend’s friend’s adult child and co. – could take over running the world. I’m picking they meant anyone over forty years of age. Does any generation ever really change how they think? …

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New Zealand votes Nope to dope, and Yes to assisted dying

For better or worse, New Zealanders have cast their votes in a referendum in favour of assisted dying for terminally ill people, but not in favour of legalising recreational marijuana use. There’s a lot of upset people around right now. The ‘yes’ voters for recreational marijuana use are mightily pissed off with the ‘no’ voters, …

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Positive discomfort – aka: a visit to the Christchurch Art Gallery

From time to time I haul myself off to the Christchurch Art Gallery, because I know nothing about art. It mostly confuses me, apart from those art works that depict what I know and understand from the real world. Even with that, don’t ask me to discern between ‘good’ art and ‘bad’ art, because I …

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The sad demise of the magnificent institution of communal Women’s Toilets.

It is with much regret and sadness that I note the time-honoured and magnificent institution of communal women’s toilets is under serious threat. In this gender-neutral age, women’s toilets are being gender-neutralised away. Such a shame. Whilst I can understand that having gender neutral toilets as well is important for non-conforming children and adults, I …

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Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – book by Caroline Criado Perez

I found this book fascinating. Despite its modest title, ‘Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men’ by Caroline Criado Perez, it’s a real page-turner. Before now, I never really considered how much I have to adapt my female body to fit into a world that is predominantly designed for male bodies. …

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The word ‘woman’ is already taken’ – by Debbie Hayton.

Debbie Hayton, physics teacher and trade unionist, is fast becoming my favourite trans woman. She is a voice of reason and rationality amongst much of the opposite right now. Her blogs are well-written and easy to read. She is also a regular contributor in media publications. Here is the text of her blogpiece called ‘The …

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