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Why you should boycott The Bachelor
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Why you should boycott The Bachelor

COMMENT: Shelley Bridgeman is sick of the "disempowering messages" spread by the reality series, calling on viewers and advertisers to reject The Bachelor.

The secrets of self-service checkouts
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The secrets of self-service checkouts

COMMENT: Self-service checkouts give us speed, nimbleness and self-sufficiency. But, warns Shelley Bridgeman, they present traps for the unwary too.

Proof sexism is alive and well in NZ
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Proof sexism is alive and well in NZ

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.

Six big issues with Instagram
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Six big issues with Instagram

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.

The trouble with casual racism
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The trouble with casual racism

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.

8 Auckland issues beyond house prices
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8 Auckland issues beyond house prices

You may think Aucklanders are shallow people obsessed with house prices, school zones and the latest food fad. Here's why Shelley Bridgeman disagrees.

Why we'll never see male contraception
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Why we'll never see male contraception

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.

When good products turn bad
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When good products turn bad

From toilet paper to sausages, Shelley Bridgeman details the everyday products ruined by "improvements". Do you agree with her?

Five parenting pitfalls
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Five parenting pitfalls

Thanks to social media, other people's parenting styles have never been more visible, writes Shelley Bridgeman.

Shelley Bridgeman: Mrs, Ms, and now Mx?
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Shelley Bridgeman: Mrs, Ms, and now Mx?

Shelley Bridgeman believed "Ms" would spell the end for "Miss" and "Mrs". But that hasn't exactly happened. And now there's another title to grapple with: Meet Mx.

What about 'school-condoned' truancy?
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What about 'school-condoned' truancy?

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.

Should being fat be celebrated?
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Should being fat be celebrated?

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?

The question you should never ask
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The question you should never ask

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: Eight signs of sexism
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Shelley Bridgeman: Eight signs of sexism

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.

Your Christmas meal's sad origins
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Your Christmas meal's sad origins

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.