Posts by B Jones

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  • Hard News: Te Reo Māori in schools:…,

    My mum's school had Maori names for their "houses": a mispronounced lip service paid to the great waka - Aya-teeya, etc.

    My school, in the 80s, introduced a programme called Taha Maori. The bits of it I can remember include a few songs - Ma is White, Karangatia Ra, E papa waiari and so on. Still mostly mispronounced - although we were taught the right vowel, WH and R sounds, it's hard not to revert to your basic language model.

    My daughter's kindergarten, in one of the whitest suburbs in Wellington, has a Maori teacher come in every week. She teaches new kupu, along with the sign language that goes with the words, and songs and actions - they're up to Toia Mai, which I first encountered as an adult. My daughter has a far better vocab than I picked up in school, and she's not even 5. She's learned the R sound completely independently of the English R (which is still more like a W for her) - she pronounces the Maori R closer to L - wrong, but in the opposite direction from most Pakeha NZers. I think that's the language acquisition window, before their preconceptions are fixed about how things should sound. Despite what I've learned since, I still find it more natural to mispronounce the words I first learned as a young child. I'm glad my kids won't have that.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 819 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: Fulminating and fermenting,

    A friend of mine was recently pressed to try a salt water and seaweed beer. Now that's stunt.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 819 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Not even a statistic,

    Being legally permitted and being capable of effective resistance in real life are two different things. We're not talking about women who've gone to jail for self defence here, we're talking about kids, pregnant women, people who are much smaller than their attackers and perfectly capable of remembering what they look like.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 819 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Not even a statistic,

    When rumour ran around my high school in the early 90s that one student had raped another, I remember trying to decide whether I believed it. I still bitterly regret that despite being raised an ardent feminist, I'd absorbed enough of the prevailing myths that I considered the sluttiness of the rumoured victim to be a factor in whether I believed her. I grew out of it fast enough, but the wrong lesson still managed to get in there somehow. If we want women and girls to be believed, we need to change that narrative, challenge it wherever it grows. And we need to do it from a young age.

    I feel overwhelmed by the responsibility I have towards my daughters and their peers in that regard. The old script of staying safe by not being the one that the rapist picks isn't good enough.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 819 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A wretched editorial, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Roger Douglas famously and apparently sincerely offered his resignation for some printed copies of the Budget getting accidentally released early. That's a very broad interpretation of ministerial responsibility. Most subsequent resignations have been over their personal actions, although Denis Marshall's resignation over Cave Creek is a classic example of real ministerial responsibility. He didn't build the platform, but he set the policies and budgets that led to its construction.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 819 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A wretched editorial,

    Yeah. The reason I can't quite credit it is that even the misogynist crowd accept that in some limited circumstances, breaking into someone's house and assaulting them is probably worth prosecuting, if the complainant isn't going around being all feminist about it, which she wasn't until it all went wrong.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 819 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A wretched editorial,

    Bart, Ministers do a lot more than their parliamentary duties. It's their job to sort the vast pile of reports they get presented with into those they can safely tick off, those they'll need to issue directions over, those that should have appeared but didn't, and those whose writers should have been doing something more useful.

    I don't really understand how "minister, we have this tricky diplomatic issue" became "sorry minister, it didn't work out as we wanted" without some thought and direction being applied by the minister in question, possibly with stern conversations and regular updates. That's how the whole point of having a minister - to set direction to bureaucrats. I can only wonder if Mccully's views on feminist issues played a role, but even that seems hard to credit.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 819 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A wretched editorial,

    Rape culture = the tide of stupid shit that rape etc complainants face that other crime victims do not, including nitpicking over their appearance, motives, behaviour and so on, that conspire to make it that much less likely for a complaint to be lodged.

    It's certainly ironic to provide such good evidence for a concept at the same time as dismissing it.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 819 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A wretched editorial,

    I dunno - I reckon that's a group who are noisier than their numbers might indicate.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 819 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A wretched editorial, in reply to BenWilson,

    The feminine absence feels ominous to me, rather like how the water rapidly disappearing from a beach does.

    I remember reading about East Timor, when it was first independent, and the way the peacekeepers would judge whether a neighbourhood was a safe or about to blow up, and the presence of women on the streets was a marker of safety. That applies fairly well to discussions about sexual assault.

    Two things I think about before I comment - has someone else got this (Danielle and I seem to have an informal tag team going), and is there any point.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 819 posts Report Reply

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