In The Media

Why Coco Chanel Shouldn’t Be On Your ‘Inspiring Women’ List

Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of Nazism, concentration camps, murder, and antisemitism. — Today is International Women’s Day, which means that my inbox and my Instagram feed have been full of the requisite hashtags and photos of slogan tees that cost hundreds of times more than the workers who made them …

Barbie Takes Another Move Towards Diversity with Disabled Dolls

Barbie takes a lot of criticism. Her body proportions are unrealistic, and it’s been said that if she were an actual woman, she wouldn’t have the body mass to menstruate (kinda puts the breaks on the pregnancy Barbies, doesn’t it? Did anyone else have one of those? They were WEIRD). …

Gillette Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth is in New Ad

Last week, shaving brand Gillette released what may already end up being one of the most controversial adverts of 2019. The message that’s caused so much uproar? ‘We know that men can do better.’ Scandalous. Bringing a new and more powerful meaning to their thirty-year-old tagline “The Best a Man …

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Sex Education Needs a Revolution, Not Updates to Outdated Guidelines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 …