Posts by B Jones

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  • 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 • 810 posts Report Reply

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

    I didn't read any criticism there. Also in the spirit of observation rather than criticism, when one party to a dispute stops engaging on it, things tend to go downhill. I doubt the walls are going to go up around Women's Country any time soon, but I'm sensing a lot of anger and not many places for it to go. Two things keep me positive: one is that a 22 year old, who would have been a preschooler when I studied feminist legal theory, feels she's on solid enough ground to go on national television calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs over the handling of her case. Wearing awesome red lipstick, no less. The other is the growing number of men who get it, and are prepared to argue with the dinosaurs when women get fed up with constantly having to fight the catch-22 rules around their behaviour.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 810 posts Report Reply

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

    It's an issue I feel strongly about but have lost all interest in discussing with men, and they seemed to be the only ones talking

    I suspect that's because many women can relate to the first half of that sentence.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 810 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Now win the argument,

    Meh. Maybe there was a nice sentiment and context attached to Cunliffe's statement, but it felt a bit tone-deaf to me. There are so many better ways to express that concept of collective responsibility, and it's kind of in the job description of a political leader to find the best way to express something when they're writing a speech. I'm not interested in anyone donning a hairshirt or claiming a level of personal responsibility they don't have. It feels like an appeal to feminists of forty years ago rather than those of today, despite the context around it being modern.

    Meanwhile I think Key's been very lucky that nobody has asked how he personally thinks abusive men should be held to account, and whether that includes appearing on their radio shows. It's nice that the Nats seem to have given up openly fretting about the sisterhood, though. The Overton Window's moved.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 810 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Hope and Wire, in reply to Russell Brown,

    a community lawyer making sacrifices to help people post-earthquakes

    Like the character Toni Bernette in Treme? She seems to be there to drive the plot with connections to various scandals, but her relationships with her husband (played by John Goodman) and later the detective Terry Colson are something special to watch.

    I'll be watching Hope and Wire as a Treme fan - will be interesting to see how it measures up.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 810 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: A scientist researches restaurants,

    I wanted to go to Pickle for my last birthday, but they closed shortly beforehand for earthquake strengthening, and haven't reopened. Like I said before, there are a lot of good places in Wellington that have shut down in the last few years.

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  • Feed: A scientist researches restaurants,

    There are nice dinners to be had in Wellington, but many of the big deal places of five to ten years ago have disappeared. I think Logan Brown and the White House are all that's left standing, although there may be new ones I haven't heard of yet. We've a handful of cheap and cheerful places that have branched out like Chow and Siem Reap, with more than one location. I suspect Blair and Allen Sts have seen better days and are more about hoovering up Friday night drinkers than providing serious eats now.

    Restaurants on Tinakori Rd come and go - there's currently a nice Italian one called Cosa Nostra - the waitstaff were half drunk when I was there, but it was still a good night with delicious steak. I've had lovely Vietnamese salad at Restaurant 88 on Tory St.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 810 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: A scientist researches restaurants,

    Map and a dart, I reckon.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 810 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: A scientist researches restaurants,

    Can we have some Wellington representation here? What I need is a scientist to invent a time machine so I can visit my favourite restaurants that are no longer in business. I can still taste the beef rendang at Satay Malaysia, the incredible half chicken I once ate for my birthday at Mondo Cucina, a tarte a l'orange at the Provencale restaurant in Oriental Bay, and this incredible peach thing I had at Two Rooms. Part of the savour was not being able to afford such things very often (except for beef rendang, that was something ridiculous like $14).

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 810 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb, in reply to Lilith __,

    I hate to think what would happen if carers were conscripted.

    This is a thread about abortion. Unwilling parents are conscripts too, and there are some horrible outcomes when that goes wrong. At least if you spread it around the population, the caring work and the learning people gain from the caring work wouldn't be concentrated in a small number of people primarily of one gender.

    But yes, if you were to seriously consider a policy like that you'd need buckets of supervision and a way you can channel people into tasks by aptitude. It's no simple task. Demand for carers will start to spike in the next twenty years or so - do we have the workforce to meet that demand, or the money to pay at a level to attract more people into that workforce? Not right now, we don't - we need to start thinking how to fix that. Getting good support for people who need help is an aging population issue as well as a disability one, and tweaking the criteria for allowing abortion isn't going to do anything to help with that.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 810 posts Report Reply

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