Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Hard News: Sportsball Special!, in reply to James Millar,

    Worst. Sports commentator. Ever.

    Seriously. Worse than Justin Marshall.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Who was George Hildebrand…, in reply to David Haywood,

    Although perhaps the Colemans were told that Eileen’s birth was, say, July 1891 as it would put Eileen’s date of birth before the divorce had been applied for, i.e. while Eliza was still legitimately married to Winter.

    Ah, yes! That would make sense of it. I was puzzling over this yesterday, because normally you legitimise a child by making them younger than they are, not older.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Lighting the Dark, in reply to Rich Lock,

    or more male-oriented discussion? I’ve got a few thoughts, but am wary of clogging up this thread and talking-not-listening.

    The internet is a very big place. You may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, etc...

    But seriously. You get this discussion is about men, right? And the most valuable part of it is men actively engaging with it? I appreciate that you've distinguished "talking-not-listening" from just talking, but we need men talking about this. Women, like Tess says, have always talked about it, but quietly, in corners, where men wouldn't hear.

    After you've actually listened on this topic, it's hard to shut up the next time one of your mates jokingly calls a woman a "fucking slag". But I reckon it's even harder after you've actually engaged on this topic, listened and responded.

    To be crystal clear, no thread of mine has ever been a place where men aren't welcome to speak, and I'm not going to start now. There are women-only spaces for people who find that too uncomfortable. Likewise, whatever discussion you want is out there somewhere, if this is too uncomfortable.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Who was George Hildebrand…, in reply to David Haywood,

    but then I discovered her special affinity to cemeteries

    Hey, I was really well-behaved. I didn't even drag you off to make you look at the Jewish section of Linwood cemetery.

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  • Up Front: Lighting the Dark, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Because it is at the front of my mind, and I have no compunction, that I would use her as a weapon if needs be.

    I have been in this position, and done just that. It was broad daylight, I was 13, and out walking my dog on the waste land across from my Mum's house, with a friend. A guy grabbed my friend and tried to drag her away, and I set the dog on him. Huge stupid friendly labrador who just wanted to be allowed to jump all over someone, but it worked.

    Every time this stuff has happened to me gradually, or from someone I know, I've ended up just freezing up. But the one time it was a sudden shock? A guy grabbed me from behind, walking alone in Timaru at night, and on reflex I shoved my cigarette in his face. This is how far it gets inside your head: every time I smoked, I was aware I was holding a weapon in my hand, and no-one would realise.

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  • Up Front: Lighting the Dark, in reply to Robert Urquhart,

    To be examples of people in the process of change and encourage society to accept that it is not easy to unlearn these habits and thought patterns, but it is possible and it is a change worth making.

    This. We all fuck up sometimes, all of us. I've seen people change their minds and never acknowledge it - so someone who's pushed the 'car keys' metaphor for rape is on the other side of that argument the next time it comes around - but it takes even more courage to say, as Bart and Robert have here, and some of you have on other threads of mine, "I used to think this/say this/do this, and it was wrong, and now I try really hard not to." Those are the moments I do this for, to be honest. It's what it's all about for me.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Lighting the Dark, in reply to Megan Wegan,

    Don’t offer retribution.

    This is a big one, and maybe not so obvious. Because the script for a man when a woman they care about is hurt, is to leave her alone by herself, and Go After the perpetrator. "I'll go punch him in the nuts for you," doesn't actually help, IMO, it just makes you feel worse.

    Be a safe space. Let people know that you’re safe.

    To put it another way, how can a woman tell you're not That Guy? She's not psychic, and you shouldn't expect women to assume all men are safe until proven otherwise. It's a bit bloody late then.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Lighting the Dark, in reply to Carol Stewart,

    Question: are gendered terms more helpful when they are positive, like girl power?

    Is "girl power" a positive when it's used about grown women?

    Gender stereotyping is always a mix of positive and negative traits. Women are caring. Men are strong. Those are positive things.

    I think it pays to sometimes stop and think about why you're using a particular phrase. When you say something like "girl power", what is it you're actually describing? Is it specific to one gender? Is it something shared by all or most members of that gender? If the answer to either question is no, is there a reason to use a gender-specific term to describe it? If not, maybe don't.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4328 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Lighting the Dark, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    Fair call, but I think you’re getting the wrong end of the stick. But let’s be realistic about this: would he have murdered all those people if guns weren’t so easily available ? I doubt it.

    No. Not the conversation we're having, okay? I'm not saying it's not a valid discussion, but it's not the one we're having here. Please respect that.

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  • Up Front: Lighting the Dark, in reply to Russell Brown,

    If you read Rodger’s “manifesto” (and I actually don’t recommend it),

    Yeah, I consciously haven’t included any of his words or even mentioned his name, because
    a) I don’t want this discussion to be too difficult for, y’know, people like me, and I know it sounds ridiculous but quite literally the mere sight of his face makes me feel physically sick, and
    b) I think there’s been enough talking about him. He’d love it, everybody sitting around talking about him all the time.

    Our society currently states that it’s the others fault I feel bad. They are to blame and deserve punishment because they made me feel this way. Revenge is justified. That’s BS!

    The cultural narrative for women is that if they can’t get a boyfriend, it’s their own failing for not being pretty enough. We never invite women to blame men for not finding them attractive. The temptation for any individual to blame other people for their failures is very strong. When you’re basically handed the script?

    Rodger never did and it worries me how many men there are like him.

    I was late to realising that people thought like this – men and women, who see the entire opposite sex as one undifferentiated mass. I wonder if it’s partly a function of being Bi that I find it like trying to talk to someone from a different planet.

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