Asexual Performativity and the Asexual Spectrum

This is an essay I wrote for a research paper I did which I thought I’d put up here. Introduction – The Emergence of ‘Asexual Orientation’ Since the early 2000s asexual identity and organizing has gradually emerged with the political

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The Ghosts of the Housing Crisis – a Critique of State-Housing

  Which ghosts have been folded into life and through the effacing of which ghosts concurrently, erased, forgotten and folded out towards death? A spectre is haunting Aotearoa… The spectre of colonization. The housing crisis is an assemblage hooked into

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Sexuality and the Categorization of Populations

  In How and for whom does gender matter? Rethinking the concept of sexual orientation (2013), Alison Better and Brandy Simula problematize “gender-centric” (665) understandings of ‘sexual orientation,’ arguing instead for a broadening of sexuality research to encompass dimensions of

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Which Bodies Matter? Death and National Outbreaks of Grief

Which bodies matter and which do not matter? Which lives are grievable and which disposable? Which lives and which deaths will gain new coverage? Will be mourned publicly? Which deaths will not be mourned? Will not be seen as worthy

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Should New Zealand have a Holiday to Commemorate the Land Wars?

(I wrote this like 8 months ago, its a bit outdated.) The Land Wars of New Zealand, despite having little space in public consciousness, were among the most significant events in the production of modern New Zealand. These wars began following

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Who Is The Hegemon in Hegemonic Masculinities?

Hegemonic Masculinities In Rethinking Hegemonic Masculinity in a Globalizing World (2008) Christine Beasley provides a critique and reconceptualization of R. W. Connell’s theory of hegemonic masculinities. A central concern of Beasley with hegemonic masculinity is Connell’s depiction of the pinnacle

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The Role of Maori Land Rights Activism in the 1970’s in Reacquiring Maori Land

As a nation-state where the indigenous population has been denied de-colonization and self-determination, alienation from land has been among Maori grievances since the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840, which had contrarily promised Maori sovereignty over their lands.

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