Podcast and blog
According to my family, I have never been one to sit by and stay quiet when I can see something unfair, unjust, or just plain stupid going on. No matter the trouble it has got me into, I speak my mind and seek to do what is right and honest even when it is not popular.
I am perhaps best known for my advocacy for women's rights, in particular in the fight to prevent the erosion of our rights in law due to the redefining of what a woman is. This work has earned me countless cancellations and the condemnation of self-appointed arbiters of morality on New Zealand Twitter.
However, my interest in politics and culture extends far beyond the sex and gender wars. I am endlessly intrigued by all kinds of social politics and how we as humans navigate the world and each other. Particularly concerning for me is culture of cancellation that has led to huge amounts of self-censorship as well as punishing of perceived transgressors.
In New Zealand, our current government has promised to bring in 'Hate Speech' laws which pose a massive threat to our right to freedom of speech. These laws are emotively referred to as 'Hate Speech' as it is difficult to convince people that 'hate' is a good thing, but what they are really is blasphemy laws in disguise. These laws will dictate a set of morally acceptable world views and prohibit the expressing of anything to the contrary.
The podcast and writing I will share on this website seek to oppose the restrictions - whether social or legal - on our rights and freedoms. It rejects the 'Newspeak' that appears to be straight out of Orwell's 1984 and pushes back on the obsession with identity and the 'Oppression Olympics' that we are being forced to compete in.
Having already received every threat under the sun and been called virtually every name you can think of, I have reached the relatively reassuring place of no longer giving a shit. I live by my own principles and they govern my politics. I no longer subscribe to polarised and partisan politics although I tend to fall on the side of parties and people who acknowledge material reality and reject the imposition of what has been termed 'woke' culture.
Because identity has become the currency with which we are expected to trade ideas and because we are nosy creatures by nature, I will share with you some of the identity markers that I am told are relevant to my politics:
Despite being born in London, I have spent most of my life in New Zealand and consider myself a Kiwi first and foremost. I am 30 years old and live in Wellington, although Auckland is home. I am female and a lesbian. I am half British and half New Zealand European - my father's family of Irish descent having been in New Zealand for several generations. I have experience with mental illness and often write and speak openly about it.
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