Boots Theory’s top 5 posts for November

I was never going to surpass last month’s efforts unless Tony Veitch decided to keep being a pig on Facebook, but a few posts still tickled your collective fancies for November.

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The myth of language policing

The thing is, these incidents are always presented in isolation. One guy gets criticised because he used “chicks” to refer to “women” and suddenly the accusations are flying: you’re overreacting! You’re taking this too seriously! It’s just one word!

Women of #nzpol Twitter: on John Key, David Carter and using rape for political gain

If you’re even peripherally aware of what goes on in NZ politics you will have heard about what went down in Question Time yesterday. Harried and useless on the issue of New Zealanders being detained on Christmas Island by the Australian government, our honourable Prime Minister decided to scream across the House that Labour was “supporting rapists”.

Labour, identity, class and winning

I’m sick and tired of the cynicism which says “women and minorities, go away, no one wants to hear you whining.” I’m sick and tired of the lack of ambition from so many leftwingers who say we can’t do more than one thing at a time, and we can’t care about anyone who isn’t like us.

The despair of “obesity battlers”

We’re constantly reminded to associate physical size with health, and health with moral virtue. We’re meant to believe that weightloss is just this easy and that the only reason 95% of diets don’t work is because of personal failure and weakness.

But when we step away from the framing of “obesity” as a modern-day Nothing and remember we’re talking about people who happen to be fat, the whole facade starts to crumble.

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Yes, a low turnout could say that we the people reject the process – or it could, and probably will, be spun as “we’re all pretty relaxed about the process.” High numbers of informal/spoiled votes could say that many of us think the process is corrupt – or it could, and probably will, be spun as “those weirdos on the Left who hate democracy” or “see, we told you preferential voting systems just confuse people, let’s try to resurrect FPP again!”

Boots Theory’s top 5 posts for October

It was a pretty big month here at Boots Theory, not that I use my blog stats to boost my self-esteem!

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So here’s the top five posts that really tickled your collective fancies.

Tony Veitch is a danger to women

This cannot surprise us. This is how our society treats violent men who have the privilege of whiteness and an association with the cult of sport.

We totally meant to do that: the Whale Oil story

It’s a classic case of someone saying whatever they need to in the moment to “refute” the arguments against them. It’s “I totally meant to do that” writ large.

Peter Talley on health and safety law: unions are evil, workers’ lives cheap

Actually a post from June which must have done the rounds on Facebook again.

It’s almost like workers have historically been forced to organise to make sure they don’t die on the job. God, what a sense of entitlement these peasants have!

Women of #nzpol roundup: THAT Tony Veitch post

There’s plenty of mainstream space for people like Tony Veitch to make excuses. There’s almost none for recognising exactly what personal impact this has on women.

Anne Tolley says another unbelievably gross thing

Anne Tolley is a revelation of the real attitudes of this government. Literally everyone – even people with serious cancer who actually have jobs to return to when they’re able – is assumed to be a parasite on the system.

Roll on November!

New Year’s resolutions

I’ve been through a phase in my life of hating New Year’s resolutions. So much of the narrative around them is about either self-denial (weightloss always a popular topic) or inevitably failing (this year will be the year I finally …).

There’s a lot of pressure on people to make them, and make drastic changes in their life in the process. That’s always difficult.

But a new year is also a good time to reflect on where we’ve been, how we got here, and what we want to focus on for the year ahead. So my New Year’s resolutions are:

  1. Eat more delicious food
  2. Keep my friends close
  3. Do some good in the world

And now I’ve written them down in public I’m going to have to keep them – so I suppose the scheme works! What do you want to achieve in 2015?