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Shelley Bridgeman

Shelley Bridgeman is a columnist for Lifestyle at The New Zealand Herald.

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  • 1 Mar, 2017 8:59pm
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COMMENT: Shelley Bridgeman is sick of the "disempowering messages" spread by the reality series, calling on viewers and advertisers to reject The Bachelor.
  • 15 Feb, 2017 10:11am
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COMMENT: From a misguided ad man to an exaggerating chancellor, Shelley Bridgeman highlights five recent incidents that prove sexism is alive and well in NZ.
  • 1 Feb, 2017 10:20am
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After deciding photos sent via text was archaic, Shelley Bridgeman opened an Instagram account. But it hasn't exactly been smooth posting. Here are her biggest dilemmas with the app.
  • 11 Jan, 2017 7:00am
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Shelley Bridgeman reviews the controversy that erupted over a row between the "Mad Butcher" Sir Peter Leitch and a young woman offended by his alleged remarks.
  • 7 Dec, 2016 7:00am
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I don't know about anyone else, but I've pretty much given up hope that the holy grail that is the male equivalent of the game-changing pill for women will materialise, writes Shelley Bridgeman.
  • 16 Nov, 2016 6:31pm
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From toilet paper to sausages, Shelley Bridgeman details the everyday products ruined by "improvements". Do you agree with her?
  • 31 Aug, 2016 5:30pm
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Thanks to social media, other people's parenting styles have never been more visible, writes Shelley Bridgeman.
  • 10 Aug, 2016 10:02am
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Taking children out of school has been described as "parent-condoned truancy". But parents aren't the only ones taking kids out of the classroom, argues Shelley Bridgeman.
  • 29 Jun, 2016 12:30pm
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OPINION: There is the "fat acceptance", and even "fat celebration". But, Shelley Bridgeman asks, is it in our interest to be waving the flag for fat bodies?
  • 8 Jun, 2016 6:30pm
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OPINION: It's often used as a casual icebreaker, an easy conversation starter, but there's one question Shelley Bridgeman believes you should never ask.

Shelley Bridgeman: A part-time empty-nester

  • 4 May, 2016 3:50pm
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OPINION: After 13 years at home, Shelley's daughter has headed off to boarding school. It feels like the end if an era.
  • 30 Mar, 2016 12:45pm
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Despite the announcement of a female Governer-General and celebrations around International Women's Day this month, Shelley Bridgeman still finds sexism is alive and well.

Why summer sucks - apart from the heatwave

  • 27 Jan, 2016 9:57am
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Shelley Bridgeman discovers five new gripes on her summer holiday.
  • 3 Dec, 2015 7:00am
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Is there any traditional food you can happily put on your table this Christmas? Shelley Bridgeman discusses why your holiday ham is probably not happy.
  • 12 Nov, 2015 7:00am
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In her second instalment of 'Sexism is alive and well', Shelley Bridgeman dissects stories where the dynamic between men and women is skewed, deeply problematic and even abusive.

Shelley Bridgeman: Why ban fireworks?

  • 5 Nov, 2015 3:46pm
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Are fireworks just sanctioned mayhem? Shelley Bridgeman warns of the dangers.

We should empathise with quitters

  • 8 Oct, 2015 12:39pm
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Shelley Bridgeman shares what eventually led her to quit smoking. Nicotine patches, e-cigarettes and going cold-turkey had nothing to do with it.
  • 3 Sep, 2015 7:00am
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Public car-parks can be dangerous places, writes Shelley Bridgeman. Apart from distracted drivers who could run into you, there are many traps for unsuspecting motorists.
  • 16 Aug, 2015 3:30pm
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Like anything, Shelley Bridgeman writes, it's all about context. So when is it appropriate to take food into a restaurant? There are three main factors to consider.
  • 12 Aug, 2015 9:59am
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Shelley Bridgeman on why pregnant bellies and discreet breastfeeding is ok - but the act of giving birth and exhibitionist breastfeeding is not for online posting.