Bodies, food and fitness in the workplace

We all live in a culture where we’re made to feel guilty about food and exercise. Certain kinds of food are “bad”, “guilty pleasures” or “junk”. There’s little to no rhetoric about having a varied diet and how any food is “bad” if it’s all you eat. Instead we’re bombarded with juice cleanses and unsustainable “clean” diets that … Continue reading Bodies, food and fitness in the workplace

How to talk to women

There are entire books, forums and motivational speaking circuits dedicated to methods guys can use to allegedly get women to fuck them. It’s boring. It’s regressive. It’s harmful. I’ve written about it ad nauseam. Learning about that community made me feel equal parts angry and sad. The anger is obvious (misogyny sucks) but the sadness … Continue reading How to talk to women

A fat bird

Tonight at our local pub named One Fat Bird, my seven year old stepson looks over the kids menu titled “Little birds”. “You’re a little bird!” I laugh. He laughs back. “You’re a fat bird!” Immediately his smile disappears, uncomfortable with regret. “- But you’re not fat, mama.” He says so softly, apologetically, the look of horror which he’s barely … Continue reading A fat bird

Prince

Today my all time favourite artist died. Six weeks ago I got to watch him swagger onto the stage, back lit and triumphant, his presence filling the room until the air was viscous with awe and aura. This was his first and last time in New Zealand. In between improvised major chords, he promised that he … Continue reading Prince

Don’t ban pitbulls, ban stupid think pieces about banning pitbulls

Duncan Garner just wrote a think piece called “I hate pitbulls – ban them”. This is a terrible idea, and here’s why: “Pitbulls” aren’t a breed. American Pitbull Terriers are a breed, and they’re already legislated against in New Zealand. You can’t import or breed them, and they need to be registered as ‘menacing’ and … Continue reading Don’t ban pitbulls, ban stupid think pieces about banning pitbulls

Canon Media Awards

Today the Canon Media Awards announced their finalists for 2016. The Canon Media Awards are: …the New Zealand publishing industry’s premier awards, held annually to encourage, showcase and acknowledge the best of New Zealand’s newspapers, magazines and websites, as well as the work of feature writers, columnists, cartoonists, reviewers and photographers. So, because I’m a high-functioning … Continue reading Canon Media Awards