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Old 08-03-2010, 08:46 PM
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Pretty much so. Most New Zealanders have a live-and-let-live approach to other lifestyles. We legalised homosexuality in 1986, decriminalised prostitution in 2003, and brought in a Civil Unions law for all couple regardless of gender/orientation the following year.

We do have a conservative minority (usually religious bigots), but they are mostly ignored. Especially after their leader, of the "Christian Heritage Party", was convicted of sexually molesting a child in 2005...
Its funny, I know a tonne of kiwis and aussies (I live in a town called little australia). you are an amazing group of people overall (aussie day is a fucking riot)...I find this to be very true.

Although your core definitions of politics differs from ours, so sometimes political conversation get lost in translation...

ya ya, I know kiwis and aussies aren't the same people...just making a point ..hahaha...
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:22 AM
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Although your core definitions of politics differs from ours, so sometimes political conversation get lost in translation...
Fair point. New Zealand's society is a bit of a mix between Scandinavian social democracy and Singaporean free market capitalism. Our National and Labour Parties - whilst supposedly Right and Left - are probably both closer to the U.S. Democrats.

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ya ya, I know kiwis and aussies aren't the same people...just making a point ..hahaha...
Absolutely! Just as our Canadian and American cuzzies aren't from the same cultural 'mix'. (And our beer tastes better than the Aussie stuff.)
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:26 AM
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"Salient" - Stephen Jackson, 24 May 2010.

Polyamory—n. participation in multiple and simultaneous loving or sexual relationships.

Oh, that sounds pretty cool. I went to a study group thing about this the other night—it was like doing bible study all over again, but about queer stuff. It sounded really neat. I have to admit I have been feeling kinda polyamorous as of late as well, so I guess that’s what’s inspiring me to even write this (and the fact it’s the only thing I could think of in the last hour before this is due…).

There are a few sweet things about polyamory: it’s a lot less pressure on a person to be the provider of everything their partner needs emotionally and physically, et cetera. I dunno about you, but makes sense to me. Also, it turns out that it’s not uncommon for creatures of the animal kingdom to be polyamorous—just ask David Attenborough, he showed us birds who like to get around. When it comes to raising kids, there is more of a community raising them, rather than this silly two parents business we have going on right now. This community-raising-kids-thing isn’t a new idea either, other communities have been doing that for aaaaages.

You might be thinking: “OMG! Those poor kids, they must be so unbalanced in their views, what with their mother and father and their girlfriend, they are going to be SOOO messed up as adults.”

Umm, yeah, nah. They’ll probably be a bit more open about different ideas, and just won’t be as likely to get that heteronormative society thing.

I have a couple of friends in polyamorous relationships—this is awesome, they are awesome. It works awesomely. But as much as I would like to be in one of these kinds of relationships with people, I would end up with a huge problem. Something relating to my insecurities and feeling extremely jealous and suspicious of everything they do. Perhaps I can change this? Perhaps I should stick to boring old monogamy? At the very least, I should go on more dates. Hey everyone, go on dates with me! It’d be heaps of fun—we can split the bill and treat each other like individuals and maybe end up in the sack. Cool plan eh?

DISCLAIMER: This column is not actually a personal ad. People should ignore the call for date friends… unless they think Stephen’s real cute.


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"Salient" is the student's newspaper from Wellington's Victoria University, and is traditional a very progressive/leftwing publication. (Occassionally, they go OTT - Over The Top - but that can be put down to "youthful exuberance". And a fair bit of cheek!)
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:40 AM
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Its funny, I know a tonne of kiwis and aussies (I live in a town called little australia). you are an amazing group of people overall (aussie day is a fucking riot)...I find this to be very true.

Although your core definitions of politics differs from ours, so sometimes political conversation get lost in translation...

ya ya, I know kiwis and aussies aren't the same people...just making a point ..hahaha...

Ah... you're Australian. For some reason I thought you were in America. (Ignore my reference to your beer... it was a... 'typo'. )
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Ah... you're Australian. For some reason I thought you were in America. (Ignore my reference to your beer... it was a... 'typo'. )
I am canadian, I live in a town nicknamed Little Australia. Whistler, BC is a hotbed for hot aussies and kiwis to flock to for the winter sports and summer glacier beaches. Its quite a large population...

I used to celebrate Aussie day...it was awesome in my younger days. They really know how to celebrate a national holiday.
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