In The Media

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Sex Education Needs a Revolution, Not Updates to Outdated Guidelines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

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 …