When You’re a Lucky One: Surviving a Killer Earthquake

On February 22, 2011, the city of Christchurch in Canterbury, New Zealand was struck by a destructive 6.3 earthquake that killed 181 people. Mr. Cesy and I were living in Christchurch at the time. This is my account of what it was like to try and deal with something so catastrophic.

Mr. Cesy and I had moved to Christchurch after I finished University in December 2010. We were keen to start post-University life somewhere new, and Christchurch fit the bill. It was the second biggest city in the country, the main city for the South Island and somewhere we were both comfortable with. Mr. Cesy got a job in a camping store and I was doing a 13-week course required for admission to the Bar, with the intention of finding a job as a lawyer after that. Read More When You’re a Lucky One: Surviving a Killer Earthquake

Reviewing “Yes Means Yes!”: Everyone Should Read This

It’s about damn time someone collected and polished the stories and manifestos of sex-positive feminists, whose blogs have been gaining traction in Internetland, but not so much in the traditional, stuffy publishing industry. The choir of voices represented in Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti’s book, subtitled Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, comprise the first feminist anthology I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and I promise I am not exaggerating when I tell you that you should run, not walk, to your nearest bookstore and buy it. Buy it buy it buy it. Read More Reviewing “Yes Means Yes!”: Everyone Should Read This