Posts by Emma Hart

  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health, in reply to Iain Thorpe,

    I’ve always thought that free speech is probably the single most important right in our society and we are all damaged when it is restricted.

    xkcd on what freedom of speech actually is.

    Also, I think you're working from an assumption that if everyone is allowed to say whatever they like, you hear all voices. This simply isn't the case. Virulent, aggressive speech causes some people to withdraw, to stop speaking. Speech is not a level playing field. It's harder for some voices to get heard than others.

    You don't like it. I get that. You've said it several times now. You don't appear to have listened much to anything anyone has said in response.

    I've always assumed that anti-abortion sentiment comes from a place where ignorance, lack of empathy, and a massive sense of entitlement cavort merrily together through the fields.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health, in reply to Iain Thorpe,

    If Russell is not around to moderate then comments should be shut down for everyone, not just intransigent “pro-lifers ”.

    This discussion is not about moderation. It's about an issue which is sensitive, and extremely painful and personal to some people. This is a community where we value those voices and try to provide safe spaces for them. If you don't like that, there are plenty of other places you can go that don't. The internet is a very big place. You may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, etc.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    Abortion is legal

    No it is not. It should be, but it is not, it is a crime.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Abortion: morality and health, in reply to kiwi_guy,

    If a women CHOOSES to be sexually active she can take RESPONSIBILITY for that,

    And if a MAN chooses to be sexually active...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Not Uniform, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    Those stats on trans kids are enlightening. I’d have thought uniformity (neutral or otherwise) was a poor way to allow someone to explore and identify their identity. But then, I’m not trans. Anyone?

    I'm always rather reluctant to write on trans* and intersex issues because they're not my issues. But the Ministry didn't just make this stuff up. They consulted with LGBTI communities, and the report is full of references to international research.

    Also, my underlying point is that uniform is one small, not terribly significant, part of a much larger picture of making schools a better place for kids who don't fit gender or sexuality 'norms'. I'm pretty sure that I'd have benefitted from sexuality education that acknowledged the existence of same-sex attraction, and I didn't get it. There was at least one gay teacher at my school, and he was thoroughly closeted.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Not Uniform, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    It was just really, really convenient.

    My kids went to non-uniform high schools, and that was way more convenient. I didn't have to worry about having uniform clean and dry in the mornings, and they just got dressed, like they did every other day.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Not Uniform, in reply to steve black,

    Those are staff, yeah.

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  • Access: I'm not laughing,

    I hope you might enjoy I use a wheelchair and people are condescending as fuck from Captain Awkward. The comments are full of stories about people with visible physical disabilities being treated as if they're children, and the bitchiest come-backs. The thing with bitchy come-backs, of course, is that you have to have the energy to make them.

    A friend of mine used to have conversations with himself when faced with this. For example if someone asked me “does he want an ice cream?” He would jump in and say “Simon, do you want an ice cream? Yes please I do. What flavour would you like? I would like the chocolate berry ripple. Do you want it choc dipped? Nah, not today. All right Simon, I’ll tell them.” And then he would give his order. The trick was to sit there without laughing as the server gaped at us.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The epitome of reason, in reply to Russell Brown,

    your #3 does not apply to the Greens, right?

    You’re saying Steffan Browning made his list ranking on merit?

    So the Greens send out a party list to their membership, who then vote on it, and the final list is determined by those votes. I can think of two people on the list I was paying particular attention to, who ended up placed significantly higher after the membership voted. So the most the party hierarchy can do is put a candidate up there to start with, and hope the membership accepts that.

    I think one of the most significant differences between Labour and the Greens is that the Greens are currently having a leadership battle, and the media is completely ignoring it. Labour should be so lucky.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

    When we went to Midnight Movies at the Westend in the early 90s, they would play God Save the Queen before The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or A Clockwork Orange or whatever we'd gone to see. And we would fucking stand.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4425 posts Report Reply

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