This is the political/personal-is-political blog of Matthew Whitehead, sometimes writer, sometimes programmer, current datamonkey by employment.
I currently live in Wellington, New Zealand, and my posts will reflect that, even though I am ordinarily quite literate in things U.S.A and U.K, the two most likely audiences for English-language content.
As I write this, I’m 26, which is considered too old to still be part of the youth, but not old enough by any means to be taken seriously by idiots who think someone’s age is more important than their ideas. I tend to collect labels: Liberal, leftist, Green, feminist, queer, anti-racist, atheist, anti-ableist, pro-science, independent, all the rest. Probably the most relevant label you can put on me is that I’ve recovered from mental illness: I used to suffer from severe social anxiety, and with the help of my family and lots of therapy, I’m fully-functional and everyone I tell my story to is surprised to learn about it.
I initially blogged anonymously, (and focused on feminism) partly because it could have been embarassing to certain family members in the civil service if I was too loud politically, and partly because I wanted a chance to put my opinions out there without them being judged by my name. Because I believe that owning who you are can make arguments more persuasive, I’ve decided to “come out” on the internet now that I feel I actually have the opportunity. Because of this, there are certain subjects I can’t talk about, (for instance, my job) but in general it should hopefully be a good thing for anyone reading my posts.