Blimp deflator: Letting out the gas

Same-sex marriage: Just a joke?

Posted in new zealand, sex by Blimp deflator on April 30, 2013

Same-sex marriage
I have never involved myself in this issue, but believe in treating it seriously — without the locker-room jocularity of this cartoon by Manawatu Standard cartoonist Evans. It was published on April 18, 2013.


Should gay couples be allowed to adopt?

Posted in new zealand by Blimp deflator on August 31, 2009

Should gay couples be allowed to adopt?
Something that cartoonist Mike Moreu does quite well is bring out the violent, intolerant streak in white, middle-class New Zealand society. The above cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of August 29, 2009. bannerClick on the banner to go to my secondhand bookshop at

Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on April 12, 2009

Topp Twins: NZ cultural icons

Topp Twins: NZ cultural icons

This is the first film I have seen, I think, that captures the essence of New Zealand, albeit mainly the New Zealand of the 1980s. It was a decade of social protest and change in which I, too, played a small part. There were marches and demonstrations against the rugby tour by the Springboks from (apartheid) South Africa, and against visits to this country by US nuclear-powered warships. There was also a sustained, and ultimately successful, campaign for homosexual law reform, which was where the Topp twins, an irrepressible pair of lesbian singers/entertainers, came in. Alas, the era of social activism came to an end in 1991, with the passage of the Employment Contracts Act — a law that “reduced the legislative backing for unions, and … served to strengthen the direct relationship between employees and their employers” (Executive Summary, New Zealand Parliament). This introduced an element of insecurity into the workplace, and thus into people’s lives, and helped, in my opinion, to promote the “every-man-for himself” philosophy that is prevalent today.