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New Zealand adopts gender ghosts as national religion


From where I sit on the other side of the ditch, it appears that “the land of the long white cloud” is shrouded in a smokescreen. As Jacinda Ardern reigns over the most progressive government in the Pacific, adopting standard progressive policies goes hand in hand with the erasure of freedom and the failure of protections citizens took for granted.

The New Zealand Parliament has now unanimously adopted the Birth, Death, Marriage and Relationship Registration Bill which allows people to change their birth certificate to the sex of their choice, or as Radio New Zealand put it, “to reflect who they are.”

The New Zealand press and government seem to have wholeheartedly embraced the belief that men and women have gender “months” and that these “months” or souls are made legitimate by government decree.

Green Party MP Dr Elizabeth Kerekere said: “As a takatāpui, cis-lesbian woman, ally of our non-binary trans and intersex whānau takatāpui, I am very proud to recommend this bill to the House. . “

No one knows what that means, because it is nonsense.

The bill was originally proposed four years ago, but was withdrawn when concerns were raised about the unintended consequences of the legislation. I’ve been looking at submissions to the consultation process for months from people from all walks of life. Many warned of the danger of the bill – especially allowing men to identify themselves as women and access infrastructure designed to protect the female body – and of men’s free access to services. sports competitions designed for the female body.

maori woman Rex landy went on to become a bit of a star with her straightforward introduction to the consultation process and her commentary on how her country is embracing what she called the “greatest voluntary pretend game” she has ever seen. Landy took issue with the narrative that gender fluidity originated in Maori culture, saying there is no tradition in Maori culture for humans to change genders.

New Zealand made history this year with the first man to compete in the women’s weightlifting category at the Olympics. The image of the tall white man from a well-known wealthy family competing in the women’s category against three women of color has sparked outrage in New Zealand and around the world. The pretext of being “dizzying and brave” was ultimately impossible to sell to the sports mad nation, which has always held its head high on the sports field.

Jacinda Ardern paints a compassionate picture of her progressive Labor government, but the reality is that New Zealand is emerging as the living embodiment of the New Left smokescreen of goodness over an economically polarized reality and authoritarianism.

According to Bernard hickey, Ardern has overseen an extraordinary increase in the country’s wealth over the past two years, but only at the high end, as workers and tenants show signs of severe economic stress. Hickey says the wealthiest New Zealanders have seen a 50% increase, while food banks are in record demand and the waiting list for public housing has increased by 65%.

The New Zealand press is so in love with Ardern that she doesn’t seem to raise an eyebrow at his iron hand covered in saccharin. Ardern’s regular social media updates show she is making increasingly authoritarian diktats through her signature Cheshire smile. She recently deigned to allow Aucklanders to “see family and friends at home and use the toilet indoors”.

Today the New Zealand government banned smoking for the next generation. No mention is made of the social cost of criminalizing smoking, an activity that is disproportionately prevalent among Maori and Pacific Islanders – a demographic already overrepresented in prison. Freedom and choice are given for affirming gender souls, but when it comes to health choice issues, the freedom belongs to those who conform.

“Queen Ardern,” as she is now known, can bestow magical sexual rights on gender people and never suffer the consequences in prison, in a public toilet or on the sports field. She can save the next generation from the smoke when they retire and never see a mother’s face when her son is put in jail for buying chop-chop.

Without an upper house and with weak opposition, New Zealand has proved more vulnerable to the clutches of the authoritarian left. It’s a shame that the Conservative opposition has addressed all of these issues in New Zealand, but it is not a total mystery.

The strange authoritarianism of the New Left echoes the kind of old-fashioned conservatism that bypassed liberalism. Even the concept that we live in the flesh is suitable for gender souls, has echoes of conservative religious ideas from another time.

Next will come the hate crime laws, where people like Rex Landy will be arrested for his heretical opposition to belief in human souls. Women in UK love Marion millar and Ceri Black are arrested and harassed under hate crimes law for speaking out about the gender-sensitive consequences of the law on women. One of the reasons for this open sanction of abuse of a range of women is that conservatives will not stand up for feminists.

As with so many other issues, we must realize that the left-right dichotomy is not only unnecessary, it is actively used against us. We need a large scale popular reaction from parents, government officials, employers, people who use public facilities and people who want to keep their daughters safe in sport.

Edie Wyatt holds a BA Hons from the Institute of Cultural Policy Studies and writes on culture, politics and feminism. She tweets to @MsEdieWyatt and blogs on

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