Why do men rape?

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Article
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Culture
Politics

Whenever cases of heterosexual rape surface in the media the focus is firmly on the women involved. News pieces feature the victim’s biography, and the details of her assault. Public and online discussion still, sadly, questions the legitimacy of these…

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Article
Category
Activism
Writing

Imagined worlds

A few years back, Chimamanda Adichie warned of the dangers of a single story. In her widely viewed TED Talk, Adichie laments writers’ tendency to fall back on cliché and generalisations, to reduce the richness of real lives to familiar and, in the case of Africa, often racist tropes.

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Review
Category
Culture

A great film that was never made

It is, by turns, a love letter to seventies science fiction; a study of the clash between Hollywood filmmaking culture and the mores of the European avant garde; and a celebration of unrestrained creativity and artistic determination. I don’t mean to sound trite, but it is a film every creative, whatever they do, should see.

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Article
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Culture
Politics

Digging the dirt

‘Dirty politics’, for many, is a tautology. Isn’t all politics dirty politics? Whatever one might think of that proposition, as of this month the phrase has acquired a far more specific meaning in New Zealand, following the release of the latest book by investigative journalist Nicky Hager.