Musings

The rules for being a woman out alone at night

At my last job I occasionally worked a shift finishing at 11pm. My car was parked around the corner from the exit, about 150m away. Before I stepped out into the downtown Auckland street I would fish my keys out of my bag and grasp them firmly in my right hand. Only then would I… Continue reading The rules for being a woman out alone at night

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Musings

A Look at Feminism as a Marketing Strategy

Is It Always a Bad Thing? By now, you’ve likely seen the t-shirt ad doing the rounds at the moment, in which young girls dressed in princess costumes talk about inequality while using language considered by many to be wildly inappropriate. If you haven’t, here it is. Potentially NSFW, depending on where you work. But… Continue reading A Look at Feminism as a Marketing Strategy

Musings

The incredible pressure on feminist-friendly television

I think we can all agree women are not represented as well as they should be in mainstream television. Women (ie half the population) make up about 37% of characters on prime-time television. Women 45 and older make up just 15%. Compared to their male counterparts, those female characters are significantly more likely to talk… Continue reading The incredible pressure on feminist-friendly television

Musings

Taking a stand against the beauty industry, one wax at a time

I’ve been a bit obsessed with making my own beauty products lately. I’ve experimented with making my own wax, face/body scrub and lip balm, and in time I’d like to make almost everything I put on my face and body, including foundation, moisturizer, and eventually maybe even mascara and eyeliner. I have to draw the… Continue reading Taking a stand against the beauty industry, one wax at a time

Crafts

DIY Gummy Candy – No Mold Required!

I got this idea from a Cookies Cupcakes and Cardio video, which used a fancy gummy candy machine and gummy bear/fish/snake molds. I didn't have any candy molds, but wanted DIY gummy candy RIGHT NOW, so I had a play and discovered that you don't need any special equipment or molds – cookie cutters and your… Continue reading DIY Gummy Candy – No Mold Required!