Emily Writes

Emily Writes is editor of The Spinoff Parents. She is a mother of two, the best-selling author of Rants in the Dark - From one tired mama to another, writer and speaker. He second book Is it bedtime yet? is out now in all good bookstores. Email her on emily@thespinoff.co.nz

Business
Sep 19, 2019

The rise of the ethical sex toy industry

Vegan lube? Faux feather strokers? Condoms made by employees paid the living wage? Emily Writes delves into the world of having ethical sex. 

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Parents
Sep 10, 2019

Art and Matilda's home birth was safe and critics need to back off

A patronising, snide and all-round awful opinion column tried to guilt the celebrity couple for giving birth at home, and Emily Writes is not having it.

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NEON
Aug 29, 2019

In praise of True Blood, home to television’s greatest-ever sex

No show has ever delivered more and better sex than True Blood. Emily Writes looks back on a trashy high-art masterpiece.

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Parents
Aug 26, 2019

Ward One

Emily Writes on love and fear and hope at her son's hospital bed.

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Television
Aug 19, 2019

Netflix’s new true crime doco shows the depths of rape culture in small-town USA

Roll Red Roll is a brutal, painfully illuminating documentary on the Steubenville High School rape case, a shocking crime that made headlines worldwide. Emily Writes reviews.

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Society
Aug 16, 2019

How to orgasm in four easy steps

When Emily Writes reviewed a life-changing sex toy, the response from orgasm-starved women was huge. So why are so many having so few orgasms, and what can be done?

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Society
Aug 13, 2019

Coroner says breastfeeding mums should never drink alcohol. 400 doctors disagree

Over 400 doctors, most specialising in child health, have signed an open letter to the coroner expressing concerns about a judgement which blamed alcohol in breast milk for the death of an infant.

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Society
Aug 11, 2019

Interviewing the headmaster who won’t let the longhaired boy go to school

An exclusive interview with the principled principal who is leading the resistance to long-haired lads at high school.

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Society
Aug 1, 2019

The coroner was meant to explain a tragedy. Instead, he compounded it

For Carla's parents to let her walk to school and back with her older siblings was, he said, "unacceptable".

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Science
Jul 30, 2019

Emily Writes: What is 5G and how likely is it to fry my brain?

Forget 1080 – these days 5G is the conspiracy theory that everyone is freaking out about. But is there any basis for the scare stories? Emily Writes tries to unravel fact from fiction.

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Media
Jul 26, 2019

Boris Johnson pissed off the Queen, and other terrible things in the news

Emily Writes dives once more into the hideous gaping maw of online news, so you don’t have to.

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Gaming
Jul 22, 2019

Emily Writes: How I learned to love Minecraft

A personal journey from reasonable trepidation to sweet love for the video game Minecraft.

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Media
Jul 19, 2019
Society
Jul 17, 2019

Emily Writes: Where are the Millions of Dads for climate action?

For generations, women have done the heavy lifting in the fight for social change. What will it take to get more men to give a fuck about their children's future?

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Parents
Jul 15, 2019

Emily Writes: There’s no war on fun and cotton wool culture is bullshit

We keep hearing that Kids These Days are mollycoddled and risk-averse, but is that really true? And guess who gets blamed when kids do take risks and things go wrong?

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Media
Jul 12, 2019

Meghan’s first mum-shaming, and other terrifying things in the news

Emily Writes once more ventures into the treacherous depths of online news, so you don't have to.

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Society
Jul 11, 2019

The sex toy everyone is talking about

Sex toys aren't all dildos and vibrators. Emily Writes tries out the cutting edge in sex toy technology.

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Society
Jul 10, 2019

Joyful, heartbreaking, alive: Java Dance Theatre’s ‘Chocolate’, reviewed

It seems quite a claim to say Chocolate is choreographer Sacha Copland’s best work considering her immense talent but it’s true, says Emily Writes.

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Media
Jul 4, 2019

Emily Writes: The Diana Death Ride and other terrifying things in the news

Emily Writes bravely ventures into the treacherous cavities of online news so you don't have to.

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Society
Jul 2, 2019

Keep Poop Private: A Spinoff campaign to let the world shit in peace

A week later, that Queensland house with a glass-walled ensuite bathroom is still giving Emily Writes nightmares.

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Parents
Jun 29, 2019

Emily Writes: My top 5 parenting worry trends of 2019

It's a scary world out there, and there's a lot for you as a parent to be frightened of. But what are the things you should be most freaked out …

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Food
Jun 18, 2019

Emily Writes: At long last, introducing meal kits for kids!

Parent to a fussy toddler? The 'I'm Not Hungry For Fruit Mum Bag' is the only meal kit service you'll ever need!

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Society
Jun 14, 2019

Emily Writes: I came out three years ago and I’ve never been happier

Emily Writes reflects on being out and proud three years after accepting and embracing her sexuality.

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Society
Jun 13, 2019

Emily Writes: The joy of a septic grudge

How do you reconcile wanting a kinder, gentler world and also wishing for nothing but misfortune for your enemies? You accept the cleansing power of a deep and passionate grudge, says Emily Writes.

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Society
Jun 6, 2019

We need to talk about Noa

Over the weekend, horrific false news about a teenage girl being "euthanised" due to mental illness was reported all around the world. The truth was almost as uncomfortable.

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Science
Jun 6, 2019

A few upsides to us all dying in 2050

Cheer up, at least it'll all soon be over.

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