What We're Reading, Watching, and Listening to in September
Dirty Money on Netflix. This series tackles a different issue each episode, and if we had to recommend one, we would beg you to watch the deep dive into Donald Trump, followed by the role HSBC bank played in laundering money for Mexican drug cartels. The persevering message: The more money you have, the less consequences you face for doing truly effed up things.
The Ctrl, Alt, Delete podcast by Emma Gannon, author of the book next on our reading list, The Multi-Hyphen Method. Her podcast is in the same vein as her book, (about designing your own career on your own terms, having multiple income streams - and sharing practical advice and tips on how others can too) and she chats to guests including Elizabeth Gilbert, Lena Dunham, Gillian Anderson, Ava Durvernay, Greta Gerwig and loads more.
These gems of advice from NZ multi-hyphener herself, Gemma Gracewood. Including her advice to women, “Hustle and save, hustle and save,” and, “If you're a woman: ask for more money. Even if they can't give it to you, you'll respect yourself more for having asked. And if they can't give it to you, tell them you'll work a four-day week instead.” Yeah girl.
The Cut, in its self described "eternal commitment to horniness", has put together this Ultimate Sex Playlist. And the same publication on why the fashion industry really needs to work on that diversity thing.
A closer look at the industry selling you “wellness”, or as the New York Times leaves us thinking, wellness schmellness. And on that note(ish), The Lily tells us why we should be embracing imperfection on Instagram.
This article by The Spinoff about Whakatāne woman Natalite Coates who travels the country and world fighting for Māori and indigenous rights wherever she’s been needed, and this uplifting story of this Ahmadi Muslim family who fled persecution in Pakistan five years ago and after three years at a refugee camp in Thailand, have just celebrated their first year in New Zealand - with the arrival of a new baby.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie - a musical one of us saw last week in London, about a 16-year-old boy from Sheffield who wants to be a drag queen. The show is based on a BBC documentary from 2011, and basically EVERYONE IN THE WORLD SHOULD SEE IT (if they can), because it’s truly, truly amazing. So many important themes - unconditional love, gender equality, feminism, religion, acceptance … phwoar. So so so good. If you’re in or around London - we strongly recommend you check it out. Oh, and - take tissues. The second half is a real killer.
‘She Must be Mad’ by Charly Cox … Book of Poetry / Prose - about mental illness, coming-of-age and being female. It’s beautiful. “Wayward nights out that don’t go as planned; the righteous anger at those men with no talent or skill or smarts who occupy the most powerful positions in the world; the strange banality of madness and, of course, the hurt and indecision of unrequited love. For every woman surviving and thriving in today’s world, for every girl who feels too much; this is a call for communion, and you are not alone.”
The enlightening - though at times confusing and confronting - episode of Call Your Girlfriend about “white fragility”. That is, they way white people react when the r-subject arises. And this article on the Cut which explains perfectly why Louis CK getting a standing ovation was Naught. Good.
Some of our favourite words on Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori was this article about being raised without English in NZ, and this article about being raised without learning Te Reo.
This article about the persistent gender pay gap in Aotearoa also caught our eyes, as did this investigation into the inequality of education which basically collates a whole heap of data to show the circumstances you're born into in New Zealand are likely yours for life.
We also started reading Normal People by Sally Rooney (after it was recommended to us by one of our novel-savvy readers, Sophie Wallace) and we literally couldn’t stop. We consumed the entire thing in one, big, greedy gulp. We were going to attempt to describe it ourselves, but then we read the blurb on Goodreads and thought it did a much better job …it is “a deeply political novel, just as it's also a novel about love. It's about how difficult it is to speak to what you feel and how difficult it is to change. It's wry and seductive; perceptive and bold. It will make you cry and you will know yourself through it.”
We’ve still been feasting our eyes on The Male Gayz - a wildly funny and hugely informative show, run by Chris Parker and Eli Matthewson, that explores different aspects of queer Aotearoa. Check it out!
And of course everything we could get our paws on to do with THAT anonymous op-ed in the NYT, but this was our favourite. And then everything else we could get on THAT tennis match, with it all summed up exceptionally by Dolly and Pandora on this episode of The High Low and in this edition of The Gender Letter about how angry women are penalised.