National Library of New Zealand
Harvested by the National Library of New Zealand on: Apr 8 2009 at 7:21:08 GMT
Search boxes and external links may not function. Having trouble viewing this page? Click here
Close Minimize Help
Wayback Machine
GayNZ Logo & Link
Wednesday 08 April 2009


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries Tagged as 'Politics'

7th April 2009

Canada: British Columbia’s Polygamy Debate (Part Three)

Posted by: Craig Young

At Osgoode Hall Law School, feminist law lecturer Susan Drummond thinks differently from aforementioned Canadian Conservative Party activist and social conservative Tom Flanagan.
She acknowledges that Canada signed the UN Convention on Discrimination Against Women in 1980, and that there was particular mention of polygamous marriage in that context.
She draws attention to the racist use of […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics · Religion

6th April 2009

My Love is Alien: Sex in the 22nd-23rd Century?

Posted by: Craig Young

If humanity survives global warming to the point where interstellar flight and contact with sentient aliens occurs, our descendants may have to fight a whole new set of taboos.
To qualify Captain Jack Harkness’ opening phrase in Torchwood, not everything will change overnight. I think another SF series, Babylon 5, portrayed the potential problem the best, when […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics · Religion

26th March 2009

Eros Versus Pathos

Posted by: Craig Young

Courtesy of the classifications and decisions database of the Office of Film and Literature Classification, here are some bizarre items that have been banned by the OFLC and its predecessors over the years.
Bondage Landlord. Tranvestite Quarterback. Tranvestite Husband. Tales from the Leather Nun. Fraternity Boys in Bondage. Flossie in Bondage.
Some of these titles are deeply […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics

26th March 2009

Canada: British Columbia’s Polygamy Debate (Part Two)

Posted by: Craig Young

In the Toronto Globe and Mail, Conservative Party activist Tom Flanagan expresses concern at the possible consequences of heterosexual polygamy.
What would happen if the British Columbian and other Canadian courts struck down Section 293 of the Criminal Code on the basis that it constituted a violation of religious freedom? However, he argues, the state can […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics · Religion

20th March 2009

The Delayed Extinction of the Kiwi Party

Posted by: Craig Young

At the moment, the Christian Right is experiencing a slow news sequence. Family First is still rabbiting on about A Christian’s “Right” to Spank, while the Maxim Institute looks weirdly centrist, Right to Life New Zealand is still sniping at the Family Planning Association over RU486 -derived abortion proposals, and SPCS is strangely silent and […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics · Religion

19th March 2009

Religion and Politics Notes: Exclusive Brethren IR Amendment Axed, Danish Adoption Reform and Pope’s Condom Remarks…

Posted by: Craig Young

Canberra: In the federal Australian Senate last night, the Commonwealth Parliament voted to delete a ’special rights’ industrial relations law amendment that had previously allowed the Exclusive Brethren to ban unions from their small business workplaces on religious grounds, regardless of whether or not the staff actually wanted that. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and Family […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics · Religion

18th March 2009

Review: Antje Kampf: Mapping Out the Venereal Wilderness: Public Health and STDs in New Zealand 1920-1980 (2007)

Posted by: Craig Young

Antje Kampf: Mapping Out the Venereal Wilderness: Public Health and STDs in New Zealand: 1920-1980: Lit-Verlag: Berlin: 2007. ISBN: 9783825897659
This German medical and social historian has done us much good through his brief account of the histories of venereal disease, the discipline of venereology and affected populations.
The volume examines how changing sexual attitudes were premised […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics

16th March 2009

PLAGAL: The Gay Christian Right?

Posted by: Craig Young

When I learnt that there existed a lesbian/gay anti-abortion group, PLAGAL (the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians), I was shocked.
For the most part, the contemporary LGBT movement has allied itself closely to the pro-choice side of the abortion debate, reasoning that if there’s more space for non-reproductive sex due to safe contraceptive and abortion […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics · Religion

16th March 2009

Review: Jack Kerouac and William S.Burroughs: And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks (2008)

Posted by: Craig Young

Jack Kerouac and William S.Burroughs: And the Hippos were Boiled in Their Tanks: New York: Grove Books: 2008.
The absurdity of this book’s title belies its more serious subject matter, and revelations that dent the posthumous reputation of an alternative gay cultural icon.
In 1944, modernist author William S.Burroughs and Beat poet Jack Kerouac were in New […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics

12th March 2009

Gay Men, Disability and Sexual Rights

Posted by: Craig Young

Why is it that lesbians are far more pluralistic than we are when it comes to bodily diversity in our respective erotic media?
I’m not sure whether it has something to do with feminism and its dialogue with disability rights organisations, but there have been some commendable efforts insofar as realistic and diverse depictions of lesbians […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Politics