Jess Berentson-Shaw

Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw is a researcher and public communicator. She consults on effective evidence-based policy, and helps people and organisations engage the power of good storytelling to change minds.

Parents
Jul 7, 2018

An HPV-free world is possible – but we won't get it through threats and insults

Threatening people who don't vaccinate for HPV does more harm than good, writes Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw.d

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Parents
Mar 8, 2017

A message for the mothers, the aunties and the grannies - and all the women: We value your work

Because it doesn't get said enough, Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw has a message of thanks for all the overworked and underappreciated women of the world.

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Society
Mar 2, 2017

Pennies from Heaven: Why we need to give all parents cash

The amazing truth about reducing child poverty is that we already know what works: regular, no strings attached cash payments. Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw explains the research backing up her call for the government to reinstate the Family Benefit.

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Parents
Feb 9, 2017

Treat Her Right: How failing to fix the gender pay gap is hurting us all

New Zealand has had legally-mandated equal pay for women since 1972 but, as the new Treat Her Right campaign makes clear, we still have far to go to reach true pay equality. Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw explains why the economic imbalance between genders is about a lot more than just equal pay for equal work.

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Science
Feb 1, 2017

Don’t put Gwyneth’s balls in your vagina: How to avoid celebrity quackery and pseudoscience

Looking to 'cleanse' your body, balance your hormones and improve your sex life? Gwyneth Paltrow has just the thing for you: jade 'eggs' for your hoo-ha, available for the low, low price of NZ$90 through her website Goop. The eggs are just the latest in a long tradition of celebrity quackery, says scientist Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw, who shares some tips for avoiding being taken for a ride.

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Science
Dec 8, 2016

How to take the fight to bad science? By singing good science’s praises

In the face of everything from anecdote posing as evidence to bias peddlers to outright quackery, the best riposte is to champion good science. But how? Dr Jessica Berentson-Shaw offers seven tips

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Parents
Nov 26, 2016

‘The ultimate policy tool’: The case for a basic income for New Zealand families

The best way to improve the lives of thousands of our most deprived and at-risk kids? Give their parents a regular, guaranteed cash payment, says Jess Berentson-Shaw – no strings attached.

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Parents
Oct 26, 2016

Amber beads are bullshit, and other parenting quackery debunked

'Have you tried...?' It’s the call of unsolicited advice-givers everywhere. Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw tackles the science (or the lack of) behind the latest fad treatments for babies – including those damn amber beads.

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Parents
Oct 8, 2016

Are we OK, Mum? A deep dive into the state of maternity care in New Zealand

A major University of Otago study suggests poorer outcomes for babies born under midwife-led care. Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw looks at the truth behind the headlines.

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Parents
Oct 2, 2016

‘Science should empower us as parents’: Introducing Spinoff Parents contributor Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw

This weekend we're launching The Spinoff Parents, our new parenting blog edited by the brilliant Emily Writes and made possible by Flick Electric Co. All this week we'll be introducing you to some Spinoff Parents contributors – like writer, scientist and mother of two, Dr Jessica Berentson-Shaw.

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