Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Up Front: Dear Dudebros, in reply to steven crawford,

    Why make such a strongly gendered argument about it? What are you wanting to achieve?

    Because, in this case, I am addressing a gendered problem: the different social expectations of male and female behaviour. Because the two incidents that sparked it, the Chiefs' debacle and the Kuggeleijn trial, were men attacking women, and people were all 'boys will be boys' and 'what was she expecting'.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4564 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Dear Dudebros, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    How do you stop the “not all men” without making the ones who try feel like shit – and give up.

    The feeling like shit is OK, women suffer much more so feeling like shit is part of the deal – it’s the giving up.

    Okay, so. You don't have to fight every battle. You can't: you get exhausted and you quit. It's okay to let one go, which is what I'm trying really hard to do today.

    #notallmen is a derailing tactic. Stay on topic. If you feel up to it, point out that they're not disagreeing with anything that was actually said, therefore you can assume that they have no argument.

    Also, I'm a big fan of Thomas Jefferson. "Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions." Mock them. "OMG, #notallmen! I am totally defeated by the freshness and originality and impeccable logic of your argument! You so smart!"

    What I can't deal with is the women. The women who think Tony Veitch is a pretty good guy, and strippers are just asking for it, and what do the stupid slags expect if they're going to dress like that and drink like that and stick their arms in the shark tank. I can't fathom what's going through their heads.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4564 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Dear Dudebros, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Sadly the dudebros won’t.

    Here's the weird thing. Okay, it's not weird, it's entirely predictable, but still.

    I've never had a column as widely-shared as this one has been. Someone went to all the trouble of going over to The Isis Knot to donate money because she needed to read this so much. I thought this column was going to get me piles of shit, but it's been forty shares on Facebook and twenty new Twitter followers.

    One guy, one guy got all "not all men!" on Russell's FB link to the column, and the amount of mental energy I've put in to composing replies I'm smart enough to not make is just ridiculous.

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  • Up Front: The Best Possible Taste, in reply to BenWilson,

    I’m having trouble thinking of a reason why the two are assumed to be mutually exclusive

    Because of sexism, I guess. Was it really that hard to imagine a scenario involving sexism?

    Yeah, when I was seventeen I was told, by my biology teacher, that if I wanted to be taken seriously, I should have a breast reduction operation. There are studies which indicate that both men and women perceive the same woman with larger breasts to be both friendlier, and stupider.

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  • Up Front: The Best Possible Taste, in reply to Sister Mary Gearchange,

    Que? What? Can someone take pity on a person stuck with primarily US media sources who has, therefore, missed whatever is being mentioned there and point me towards some good overview coverage of whatever that is referring to, pls?

    So I just went and looked for the clip, and TV3 has archived it. There are a number of clips of Paul Henry's interviews with Michelle Dickinson on youtube, but not this one. Here's how the BSA described it:

    During The Paul Henry Show, Paul Henry interviewed a scientist, Dr Michelle Dickinson, about her research. At the end of the interview he asked about her recent experience staying with Richard Branson, a well-known businessman, and referred to a photo of the two of them in which Mr Branson had his arms around her. He then asked: ‘Now when I see this – and you’ve got to realise I am something of a sceptic, you know, I look at things and I read things into them – I’m looking at that [photo] and I’m thinking, did you have sex with Richard Branson?’

    So here's the Stuff tv reviewer being really upset about it, and here's Michelle Dickinson talking about how she felt about it, and why she does shows like Paul Henry:

    I realised, that only I can make the decisions on whose show I choose to go on and my reasons for doing that. Until we can get funding for a prime time dedicated science program accessible to all, scientists like me will keep having to throw in our 5 minutes wherever we can because we feel its important to talk about science. I know that my comments will mean that others will write negative things about me and my lack of self respect and lack of feminism values and that’s OK, because I’m doing the best that I can with zero budget and nothing but a passion for positive change to drive me.

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  • Up Front: The Best Possible Taste, in reply to Isabel Hitchings,

    I was really interested to note that the advisory for Roots specifically mentioned context – that words that would otherwise have been unacceptable were used because of how they had been used in that particular setting.

    Yeah, this is something I think is really important: depicting something doesn't mean approving of it. It's not the actions or the words, but the way they're used and shown.

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  • Up Front: The Best Possible Taste, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Would he have asked Professor Sir Peter Gluckman if he’d fucked Richard Branson? It demonstrated a level of contempt he has for all women and this amazing woman in particular – all while smiling and pretending to treat her as a guest.

    Yeah, three of the complaints used (one upheld, two not) were things that would absolutely only ever have happened to women. They were sexualised bullying.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4564 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Happy to Help (If I Can), in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    There seems to be a vogue for ‘Timaru noir’ these days what with the release of Amanda Newall’s new film The Hoover Diaries

    Thanks, Ian, I hadn't heard of that, and now I MUST see it. I went to school with Steven Hartley. This was a few years where people in Timaru got murdered for stupid reasons - some pork, a dog, the boy next door to us was literally stoned to death because he was disabled...

    Um. Anyway. Best not bum anybody out.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4564 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Happy to Help (If I Can), in reply to David Haywood,

    The first thought that occurred to me on my enlightenment was that modern dance would be the ideal medium to make the story more widely known – particularly the all-important role of the drainage boards, and, of course, the issues with street alignment in the two halves.

    What it lead me to contemplate is a musical version of the sinking of the Ben Venue, about which, as it turns out, Thomas Bracken wrote a poem.

    I can all too vividly picture this production.

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  • Southerly: Happy to Help (If I Can),

    In case you were wondering, it was the phrase "the Spirit of Street Alignment" where I actually started crying with laughter.

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