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NZ Government crackdown on family violence – beating up on the beaten?

Posted by Philip on 13 September 2016, 10:57 am in , , ,

John Key has just announced an "overhaul of the family violence prevention system."

If it was a Labour government I'd be thinking, "About time." Under National, though, I fear it may be an exercise in bullying families in low socio-economic circumstances, rather than looking at the systemic oppression that often contributes to family violence.

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My lyrics get used for Homosexual Law Reform anniversary and the tragedy of Orlando

Posted by Philip on 13 June 2016, 3:26 pm in , , , , , , ,

Today I learnt that composer Gareth Farr has used one of my poems, 'During these Days', in his commission for Wellington's Glamaphones choir. He also used a poem from Brent Coutts, "Naming Ourselves".

Gareth has even chosen to name his piece "During these Days" — how chuffed am I? I'm told the choir has been rehearsing it and it is sounding wonderful.

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Hopeless or helpless?

Posted by Philip on 18 October 2015, 10:36 am in , , , , , , , ,

Helen Razer writes of her sense of hopelessness about the future over on The Daily Review citing, as causal examples, things like "the Global Citizens Festival, which attracted very positive international press, Sexy Celebs and a sell-out crowd of 60,000 ... an event that seeks to, and succeeds in, engaging young persons..." but which supports naïve UN Sustainability Goals — and the World Bank, which creates the poverty that the GCF purports to condemn.

Razer exemplifies nude selfie victim Jennifer Lawrence as another reason to lose hope, after the actress implied that pay inequity was a result of women not being tough enough with their bosses. Helen rightly points out that, without "J-Law's" privilege, toughing out their bosses would leave most women fired.

I share Helen's hopelessness for the future of humanity — a hopelessness without which, she muses, there can be no hope. Though a lot of my work involves promoting ways we can more constructively engage with one another, my reflection is that I feel a further burden: a wry sense of helplessness to impact on the world in any meaningful way.

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What loos need to lose

Posted by Philip on 6 March 2015, 5:21 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , ,

My friend Jeannie over at Bikes for Fish posted an article from Huffpost Gay Voices about "bills [that] have been filed in three [US] states to prevent transgender people from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identity." Described as "last gasp attempts to hurt LGBT people", legal acts like this illuminate a more deeply entrenched assumption about dunnies:

That they need to be gender-specific at all.

I'm not your average bloke, but I've always wondered why public toilets are separated by gender. And what's with urinals? We don't have either in private dwellings.

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Cyber-bully law perpetuates denial of bullying society

Posted by Philip on 8 April 2013, 3:58 pm in , ,

The Government's proposal to introduce legistation with punishments of fines and even imprisonment to curb cyber-bullies, who use the internet and cellphones to harass others, seems to be yet another of National's typically rash and poorly thought out reactions to its flailing hold on social order.

Has anyone really thought through the practicalities and implications?

How is anyone ever to prove it was actually me who used my mobile phone to send that bullying text and not someone else? Or that someone didn't jump onto my computer when I forgot to log out before I went to lunch and told my Facebook friends and Twitter followers to kill themselves?

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