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64 Drug Policy Myths

Have you been lying to us about drugs?

Drug law and policy has its roots in fear, ignorance, racism and vested interest and sadly, little has changed over the decades. Drug discourse continues to be shaped more by punitive populism, isolated tragic incidents and moral crusades, rather than scientific evidence, reason and rationality.

To encourage mainstream critical debate on these issues, I’ve tried to uncover and highlight the key myths, lies and misconceptions, which underpin, shape and inform dominant drug policy thinking. Unless we expose these flawed notions, fallacies and beliefs that infest our drugs discourse, drug reform risks reproducing further misguided drug policies and practices. Although the points are made in a punchy and accessible style, each one is carefully considered and can be academically supported – but that’s for another day – or a book!

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Representations of Drinking Women

Photo: Edwin Land. Republished under a Creative Commons licence.
Photo: Edwin Land. Republished under a Creative Commons licence.

The subject of women’s drinking is often high on the political and media agenda. The majority of mainstream discourse appears to be highly moralistic in tone. Press articles are accompanied by photographs of women, scantily dressed and either slumped with sickness or in aggressive poses. Their situation is often remarked upon as an indicator of the decline in New Zealand’s values and social norms.

Sarah Wright, a Lecturer at VUW’s Institute of Criminology, has regularly examined the relationship between the media and understandings of crime (or, rather, misunderstandings about crime) and the policy implications of these misunderstandings. In this article, recently published in the journal ‘Continuum’, she examines how the NZ media represents women’s drinking and considers the impact of these discursive trends. Continue reading Representations of Drinking Women