In the late ’90s/early ’00s, Mecina Stanbury was a leading light in the Waikato University socialist set. Involved in the neo-Maoist Radical Society, Mecina Stanbury helped overturn voluntary student unionism at the university.
As Women’s Rights officer in 1999 and WSU co-president in 2001, Mecina Stanbury was your archetypal socialist feminist.
When she wasn’t battling campus freedom fighters, Matthew and Madeleine Flannagan, she was opening a new “Women’s Room” or bollocking the varsity volleyball team for being sponsored by an escort agency.
What’s she doing now then-is she a “policy analyst” in the Women’s Affairs Department? What about executive assistant to a Green MP? Maybe an organiser for the Service Workers Union? An aid worker in East Timor?
No Mecina Stanbury is a real estate agent in Hamilton!
Mecina Stanbury has taken on the most capitalist industry in the country. Working on commission, sell, sell, selling for a living.
Has Mecina embraced the ethos of the job, or just the money?
Will Mecina confront reality through realty? Will realty make Mecina into a new capitalist woman, or simply a much richer socialist?
I’ve got my fingers crossed. I’m hoping Mecina Stanbury has abandoned the “dark side of the Force” for good.