Posts by B Jones

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  • 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 • 814 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 • 814 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 • 814 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 • 814 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 • 814 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 • 814 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 • 814 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 • 814 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 • 814 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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