Kiwi women treated as a minority, victimhood group by Denizen magazine

I don’t like being patronised and these days with women having achieved equality I don’t expect to be treated as if I am sub-human or inferior and unable to make my own decisions. Sadly the people most likely to treat me as a member of a minority victimhood group are the very people who think that they stand for equality. They don’t think that they are patronising when they do things for “my own good.” They think that they are caring when they ” protect me “ from myself. What they fail to realise is that by being paternalistic they are effectively saying that I am not capable of making decisions for myself as I am in some way inferior to them in intellect.

Auckland’s Denizen magazine has recently made a paternalistic decision on behalf of Kiwi Women. Apparently, we need to be protected for our own good lest we become victims of our inability to make wise decisions regarding alcohol.

Auckland’s Denizen magazine removes ‘wine pong’ post expert says could encourage women to binge drink.

An Auckland magazine has removed an online post promoting a drinking game which Alcohol Healthwatch says could encourage excessive drinking among women.

Drinking games have been around since Roman times and probably even earlier than that. They are nothing new and since women joined men in Tertiary institutions and the workforce they have been part of their world too. No one would ever think that men need to be protected from articles about drinking games so why did Denizen magazine think that they had to censor this information in order to protect Kiwi women?

The Denizen – an Auckland-based online magazine with a combined online following on Facebook and Instagram of more than 163,000 – published a post on January 4 about “prosecco pong”.

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“Saluti! Prosecco Pong is usurping Beer Pong as the drinking game of choice,” the post was titled.
“Beer pong’s slightly classier and more feminine counterpart has arrived.
“Compelling us to partake in a few competitive rounds of the flirty and frivolous drinking over the silly season, Prosecco Pong adheres to much the same rules but employs coupes instead of the iconic red solo cups and Italian bubbly in lieu of beer.”

The post also contained a link to a UK retailer where sets of glasses and ping pong balls could be purchased to play the game. […] Chief executive of Alcohol Healthwatch, Dr Nicki Jackson, said the posts were “not responsible” and could be encouraging more women to binge drink.

“Given that women’s drinking has been increasing every year – women are drinking more than ever – this is absolutely going in the wrong direction,” Dr Jackson said.
“It’s 11 per cent alcohol – there’s a likelihood that women who participate in this game will totally exceed the New Zealand guidelines [for alcohol consumption] and put themselves at both short and long term health risk.

“It’s not responsible – it could also be seen to encourage excessive consumption, which is against our laws.”

In regards to breaching the law, a police spokesperson said “Police do not support advertising or promotion of drinking games”, but concluded that the post “would not meet the Solicitor General’s guidelines for Police to investigate this matter”.

In other words, the advertising was not illegal and what Dr Jackson is proposing is censorship motivated by a paternalistic attitude towards women that treats them as inferior to men and lacking in the intellectual capacity to make decisions for themselves about alcohol.

[…]Publisher and editor-in-chief of The Denizen Claire Sullivan told 1 NEWS The Denizen was not paid by the linked website to have the item published, but that it was “merely something that was deemed of interest by one of our (very) junior writers”.
“You could call it moralistic slip-up over a time period when myself and the senior editors have been on holiday and not reviewing all content,” Ms Sullivan said.

“Obviously this has raised some flags from my perspective as to our need to monitor ALL content for appropriateness before it is posted.
“I have removed the post and explained in detail to the writer in question the reasoning for doing such.”

-tvnz.co.nz

In other words, the Editor caved into the bleating of an activist who thinks women are delicate little flowers who need to live in a bubble protected from nasty ideas like drinking games.


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