In The Media

Abortion and the Narrative of Shame: Why We Won’t Stop Shouting

Trigger warning: Article contains discussion of abortion and the laws surrounding it. — The week of the Irish referendum, I barely achieved anything. Reports were left unwritten, emails left unanswered. My flat – which needed to be cleared and vacated right after the referendum looked like a bomb had hit it. …

Sex Education Needs a Revolution, Not Updates to Outdated Guidelines

It has been almost two decades since guidelines for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) were implemented. Now, the government has released draft guidelines which aims to revamp RSE – theoretically, at least – creating a more comprehensive and inclusive education for both primary and secondary school pupils. If you rely …

Toxic Masculinity and the Beautiful Game

Trigger Warning: Domestic violence and toxic masculinity. — As the Men’s Football World Cup final approaches, I urge you to cast your mind back to two years ago in the Men’s Football Euro Cup final: to one of the biggest names in football — Cristiano Ronaldo — who took a …

Vaccination is Not Up For Debate – Even for Kat Von D

Last week, a screenshot of an Instagram comment by tattooist, make-up purveyor, and celebrity vegan Kat Von D crossed my Twitter page. In response to another user’s comment to “do your research on vaccines, they aren’t vegan!”, she replies “there’s no way we are vaccinating our baby. High-five to you …

Lily Allen Takes Control of Her Own Story with No Shame

This week, Lily Allen had intimate photos of her that were taken without consent sent to her, with the caption  “this photo will be on the internet forever Lils”. And she was having none of it. These photos were shared to her as a way to demean, undermine and humiliate …

Why GDPR Matters to You (No, Really)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or refusing the check your emails for the past six months, you’ve probably heard about GDPR. It’s new piece of data privacy legislation that’s supposed to make life better for ordinary people, but in reality has just clogged up their inboxes with a …

The Darker Side of Social Media Influencers

As the world becomes more easily accessible with technological advances, we’re both able and expected to participate in this livestreaming of our most fashionable selves. We’re eternally scrolling, consuming data at a flying rate, and spending on average 135 minutes on social networks a day worldwide. In broadening our horizons …