It's definitely a culture shift, and I'm going to come out and say that I think seeing it in "manly" sport actually is the most significant impetus to the trend.
I don't think I saw pakeha heterosexual men hug until my late 20s. I think it's great they do much more now, and I think it's also great that men can be more physically demonstrative to their boys.
[See, also, feminism, where most women aren't nearly as concerned as they used to be about enforcing stoic buttoned-up emotions in their sons, or partners.]
As for me, I give great hugs, but because of ishoos, I'm selective about who I dole them out to. I don't think I hugged a family member until my 30s, so I never learned the art of the social hug. It's kind of all or nothing, even when it's non-sexual.
Anyway, more hugs across the board are great, and acknowledging they're an opt-in activity is awesome.
I like the "quiet approval" thing as well - not everyone is a demonstrative hugger - but having a full complement of ways to express positive emotions available to us is all good.
Not to mention working families trotted out daily by Labor on this side of the pond while they were still in.
So, if you can't work, fuck off? If you're not living in a family unit (I don't), ditto?
Yeah, I get appealing to the core subscriber base; the part these parties seem to fail at is the "...not at the cost of alienating chunks of our non-core support" c.f. evil Chinese property owners.
I think it's best to shut up about demographical stereotypes and just focus on actual policies. We don't actually need to be told in so many words that cutting payroll tax on companies with less than 6 employees will benefit small business owners. Saying that the tax change will help small businesses hire additional staff and reduce compliance costs would do nicely.
Yeah, I don't have much enthusiasm for sport, watching or playing, but when people get on their high horse to say that their fun hobby is "better" than yours, it gets a bit tedious. I don't see any difference between sport, D&D and collecting mid-period Monets, particularly.
That said, the conflation with patriotism (isn't that a cringy word for an NZer), stereotypes about masculinity, and the ridiculous sums of money concerned are worth criticising. But that being done without the implication that all rugby fans are boofheads would be just fine.
Has any other PM been so matey-matey with the AB "brand"? Sure, there's always politicians interacting with the national team(s), and there is a world cup on, but I struggle to recall anything so smacking of "I'll scratch your back..."
Yeah, I'm sure many iwi are loving the fact their niho taniwha patterns are being compared with a paint job on a German Wehrmacht (not Nazi, ffs) box.
Nice exercise in an association fallacy. What was someone saying yesterday about writing for The Sun ? Why don't we bring out the pic of the princesses doing their Nazi salutes while we're at it? Oh wait, they're high Tories, and that type here want to keep that wonderful symbol of colonialism.
It’s avoidable though, I think. Dave Stewart has always managed it
Dave Stewart is not and has never been an attractive young woman with a worldwide hit before the age of majority. When his music career started, there sure as hell wasn't anything we'd call social media - just the music press. These days, he's nearly always just a back room knob twiddler (er, excuse the phrase), and no-one pays attention to those unless they're close to the trade or the person concerned makes a point of seeking out celebrity.
Yes, maybe someone young and attractive who becomes internationally well-known in music these days can avoid sleb hype, but it would be very difficult.
I don't blame most of them for putting themselves out there on social media in an attempt to craft their own image before it gets imposed on them. Frankly, I wish that some of them learned much faster how to present their image (and that that image should be - sorry for the hackneyed term - carefully curated for public consumption).
I 100% agree. It is absolutely absurd - NZ did the right thing then. And this, so much less in comparison, should be a no-brainer. And it probably would be except for the stirring up of paranoia about the "terrorist threat" colouring people's views these days. Also, not just Syria - all the places we should be helping with displaced people around the world.
I love social history as a reading genre. And stories about the music of our times (and other times, natch), are fabulous social history when done properly (people, events, background, social context).