Racism and sexism is alive and well and rearing it’s unquenchable head once again! Only yesterday, the US Treasury announced – in what will be a milestone for women and people of colour – that abolitionist WoC Harriet Tubman would grace the new $20 bill. While the new bills won’t be available until around 2030… Continue reading Beauty and the Bill? Harriet Tubman, The New $20 Bill, and Contemporary Beauty Standards
Laura Bates’ phenomenal and eye-opening Everyday Sexism Project first hit the web in 2012 as a new kind of digital-based consciousness raising project, where women were actively encouraged to discuss and analyze their own experiences with sexism and misogyny. Starting the website, Bates’ original hope was to acquire at least 100 stories but quickly… Continue reading #WhenIWas
A little over a month ago, we were all celebrating “Happy International Women’s Day” or some variation of that sentiment. Today, though, I doubt you’ll hear anyone exclaiming “Happy Equal Pay Day.”
Pretty obvious why, yeah?
So this coming June my very dedicated and generous Brother-in-law Michael Garry will be taking part in Challenge Galway, his first ever full Triathlon – that’s a full 226KM distance split between swim, cycle and run! – and to celebrate the momentous event he is raising donations for charity! The donations raised will be… Continue reading “Will Swim/Cycle/Run for Money” – Fund Raising for Charity
It’s safe to say at this stage that Kim Kardashian-West is another of those controversial celebrity figures. She’s made it a habit of hers to “break the internet” in various ways – but mostly due to a stunning lack of garments and a fantastic figure (at least by culturally acclaimed standards of femininity). For many… Continue reading Kim Kardashian-West’s Self(ie)-Love
A want to take a brief moment to wish everyone a Happy International Women’s Day! It’s important, today of all days, to give voices and lend ears to marginalized and invisible classes of women – be they lower on the economic scale, Latino, Black, biracial, transgendered, lesbian, bisexual or in any other position of struggle.… Continue reading International WORKING Women’s Day and Why that Extra Word is so Important
“The following contains graphic content that may be emotionally unsettling but reflects the reality of what is happening daily on college campuses “Til It Happens To You” Lady Gaga To say Lady Gaga is a controversial persona might be a moot point at this stage. Certainly, many revile her many ostentatious looks as “over… Continue reading Gaga Politics: Lady Gaga’s AntiRape Activism and”Til It Happens To You”
I’m more than a little proud of my educational resume – I know, it’s privileged of me to say so, I acknowledge that I have been lucky enough in my race/ethnicity/class that I have been able to achieve as I have, though I have worked hard as a motivated student and aspiring lecturer/researcher. So I’m… Continue reading My University’s Experience With Revenge Porn
It’s more than a little shocking – moreover it’s absolutely appalling and disgusting – that in our ever shrinking world (where we can contact the other side of the world via word, photograph or video within seconds) that the news of MASS SCALE SEXUAL ASSAULTS ON WOMEN only begins to gain attention after a week… Continue reading A New Year’s To Remember in Cologne, Germany
After more than 50 women testifying and many waving their rights to anonymity, Bill Cosby has FINALLY been charged with the sexual assault of a women almost a decade ago. In the last year the comedian has had numerous chargers of solicitation, drugging and subsequent assault and rape leveled against him, and though more than 50 women… Continue reading 50 Voices Verses 1: Cosby Finally Charged
Today marks a day of justice for Reeva Steenkamp. Murdered by her now infamous partner and former Olympian Oscar Pistorius in 2013, she and her family can finally attempt to find some sort of peace. Pistorius was infamously charged with manslaughter, despite having fired four rounds into a locked bathroom door; he claimed to believe… Continue reading Why #HerNameWasReeva is Important
A recent report from the ENAR (Eire Network Against Racism) has revealed the extent of racial prejudice in Irish culture. Released this very morning, the disconcerting report is already receiving mass attention from various media outlets. The report, headed by Dr Lucy Michael, explores the issue of “Afrophobia” in Ireland through the use of data… Continue reading Racism Rife in Ireland
A number of fantastically wonderful Parisians are opening their homes to those in Paris without a safe place for the night, use #PorteOuverte on Twitter to find those willing to share their homes. Stay safe and pass it on.
A series of hostile attacks have taken place today in Paris France and are apparently still under occurring in the city; emergency services are being enforced. Several bomb explosions have been heard and a number of people have been (were?) taken hostage during a concert in the Bataclan and their have been reports of shootings… Continue reading Hostile and Tragic Attacks in Paris France (In Development)
For those of you who’ve been living under a rock (or simply aren’t aware of what’s going on within the women’s movement…) Amber Rose’s SlutWalk – a long awaited march on the practices of body/woman shaming and rape culture – took place this week, on October 3rd in LA. A brief history (once again, for… Continue reading Postfeminist Protest: Amber Rose’s SlutWalk and Stylish Activism
The beautiful Viola Davis just made history, as the first black woman ever to win an Emmy for Outstanding Leading Actress in a series. Her role in How To Get Away With Murder as Professor Annalaise Keating has been praised countless times since the series’ debut in 2014 and her role is appraised alongside those of Kerry Washington’s… Continue reading Viola Davis Makes History and (Hopefully) Changes History with her Acceptance Speech
Irish author Louise O’Neill’s novel to be adapted for film and TV Very excited to hear that author Louise O’Neill is gaining the recognition she so rightly deserves. Her chilling yet engaging debut “Only Ever Yours” details the tentative pressures placed on women in contemporary society but with the obligatory dysotopian twist… and will soon… Continue reading Novelist Louise O’Neill’s “Only Ever Yours” To Appear on Screen
I write about the bad things a lot; they play on my mind as horrible distractions and abject imaginings. Writing about them is cathartic for me, allowing me to let them go somewhat, to not be so emotionally invested and over-whelmed. With all the strife, war, and poverty, it’s easy to fall into despair. Sometimes,… Continue reading Friends Furever: “Be Together, Not the Same.”
I’ve never read the book. I’ll own up to that much. “Fifty Shades of Grey” was never going to float my boat; I prefer my porn more consensual… But, when the badly written smut hit the fan, I was intrigued – decent representations of female sexuality are few and far between in popular fictions –… Continue reading 50 Shades of Gre-garious Domestic Violence
Fox News has never been especially diplomatic or liberal in their reports… but these statements reach a new level of horror: Fox News hosts Stacey Dash and Andrea Tantaros shared their thoughts on campus sexual assault last week — saying “good girls” avoid frat parties, and women who are raped are “bad girls” who “need… Continue reading Fox News: “Stop Victim Blaming”
Same man, same resume, same job; different name. The fact that we continue to discriminate in terms of ethnicity and race is evident in this short video, with José failing to receive any job replies until he changed his name for the benefit of his could-be/would-be employers. José, clearly, was a capable candidate for certain… Continue reading José vs Joe: Who Gets A Job?
Brenna Towhy speaks the truth…
Who says recycling doesn’t pay/is a scam/ doesn’t benefit anyone? Well, no one can doubt it now, with Turkish organisation Pugedon’s new vending machines in Istanbul feeding stray dogs in exchange for recycling plastic bottles. Huffpost states: The Pugedon Smart Recycling Boxes operate at no charge to the city, and the recycled bottles cover the… Continue reading Save the Planet While Feeding Strays
A recent advertisement for a plastic surgery company was defaced fixed by an unknown number of thoughtful individuals, who considered the declaration: Friends don’t let friends have muffin top. The correction removed the inflammatory statement, instead offering the reminder that ‘YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL’ to passers-by. Why the post? simply, I want to thanks these individuals for… Continue reading We Fixed This for You
Organisation “Natural Girls United!” completely blasts Barbie industries out of the water with their realistic African-American styled selection of dolls. The ethnically appropriate and incredibly beautiful dolls and their designs – from the natural Afro hairstyles to their clothing choices and facial appearance – acts as a catalyst in contemporary toy manufacturing, challenging the… Continue reading Barbie Can Go Suck It, There’s a New Doll in Town
Trigger warning: Rape and sexual assault.
One of the best poetry slam pieces I have ever seen; poignant and completely true.
Watch this minute one video in which President Obama, Vice President Biden, Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers and Steve Carell as they advocate an end to sexual assault. The video, in a change from many mainstream reviews of assault and rape, places the responsibility of stopping rape on men – on… Continue reading 1 is 2 Many
Trigger warnings: Rape, sexual assault, rape schedule. MIT graduate Stephan Boyer’s new online service, Kitestring, could prevent your rape. That might seem shocking. Taking action to prevent your own rape, but it’s something women are expected to do almost every day in little ways – don’t walk down that laneway, don’t go out alone… Continue reading Kitesting Could Prevent Rape
Patriarchal beauty standards have consistently and relentlessly been attempting to convince women that hairy legs, pits, etc are repellent and character destroying. Veet’s new hair removal adverts take these ideas to the extreme by declaring women ‘manly’ if they fail to maintain their body hair with the criticism “Don’t Risk Dudeness.” While many past advertisements have focused on how… Continue reading “Don’t Risk Dudeness”: A New Low For Beauty Standards
No daughter should be paid less than somebody else's son for the same work: http://t.co/PHMOXQU3Uh #FairFutureNow pic.twitter.com/SupdQcFScK — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 8, 2014 Who doesn’t enjoy one of President Obama’s enigmatic tweets? I, certainly, do; and especially when they involve the promise of equal pay for both men and women. Obama’s most recent (from… Continue reading Can We Have a #FairFutureNow Already?
I just love Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, her work is beautiful, and her argument here for TedTalks is way too important to be ignored. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a renowned Nigerian novelist was born in Nigeria in 1977. She grew up in the university town of Nsukka, Enugu State where she attended primary and secondary schools, and… Continue reading “We Should All be Feminists” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The first EU wide survey, by the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights, has revealed some startling statistics regarding violence against women. The research revealed that approximately eight per cent of Irish women experienced sexual violence since the age of 15; while the European average was 11 per cent. In terms of the Irish-based statistics,… Continue reading Violence Against Women: An EU Wide Survey
Everyone’s talking about the Oscars. The epic photobombs; the celebrity selfies; the best dressed. And, of course, the beautiful Lupita Nyong’o, who took home the coveted Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Everyone’s talking about her eloquence, her dress (seriously, though, that dress!), and her speech. And obviously, this is the Oscars and the hypes… Continue reading The Best of the Oscars (According to Me)
Trigger warning: rape, abuse, distress. An Irish man has been handed down two consecutive life sentences for the rape and abuse of two young girls (age 6 and 9) in county Athlone, Ireland. But this is not about him, or the political system. This isn’t even about justice being served. This is about two young… Continue reading “We Have All Been Touched By Evil”
“Once you take away your imperfections, there’s not much left of who you really are.” Four women participate in a professional model shoot – make-over and expertly photoshopped photos included. It’s their reaction which truly make the video.
Trigger warning: Sexual Assault Eleonore Pourriat’s short film presents a world reversed. The ten minute film literally reverses the sexist paradigm, presenting women as the one’s in control, placing them in the position of the sexist, misandrist, and cat-calling characters and a young, stay-at-home Dad who suffers through these injustices and one account of sexual assault… Continue reading “Opressed Majority”
Facebook has made another notable change to its interface – and this time for the better! – expanding its gender options. Since its inception, Facebook has offered the two heterosexist, phallocentric options well known to us all – male or female. Now, the social networking site will offer the fifty choices (see the list below)… Continue reading Facebook’s New Gender Options
Ingrid Michaelson’s new video “Girls Chase Boys” satires the hypersexualisation of the female form perfectly – by displacing it onto a male physique. Michaelson’s video first introduces us to a make-clad, hypersexualised male face swaying sensuously to the music; then slips to an image of Michaelson singing with a troupe of racially diverse,… Continue reading Ingrid Michaelson’s “Girls Chase Boys” and its Satire
The MissRepresentation Organisation’s #NotBuyingIt campaign continues to make strides against sexism and misogyny, influencing online store Nordstrom to remove this pillow from their website. It’s a win for the feminist organisation and women everywhere.
The video speaks for itself, really.
Beyoncé’s music has always had a feminist quality to it; and now we’re being treated to a magazine article written by Queen B herself. Writing as part of the Shriver Report, Beyoncé states: We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Beyoncé, moreover, calls for both men and… Continue reading Beyoncé: “Gender Equality is a Myth”
It’s not the first time a primetime sitcom has been called out for racist content, and it’s definitely not the first time How I Met Your Mother has been put under the spotlight for indecent and offensive content. This weeks episode featured three of the shows protagonists – as seen in the images below, Lily, Ted and… Continue reading #HowIMetYourRacism
Renowned comedic actress Mindy Kaling graced the cover of Elle magazine this February. She’s well known for her role on The Office as actress, writer, and director, as protagonist of her own show The Mindy Project, and for her position as a curvaceous, coloured woman in an incredibly public role. And yet, check out Mindy’s cover: While Mindy was certainly… Continue reading Should Mindy Kaling’s Elle Cover be Controversial?
After the tragedy that was Savita Halappanavar and child’s untimely deaths (the mother’s being more than preventable) in 2012, the Irish government is finally inducting new laws which aim at protecting the life of the mother. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013 will ensure that doctors can protect the life of the mother if the… Continue reading Ireland’s New Abortion Laws
Nelson Mandela, a great and inspiring world figure, a constant advocate of unity and peace, and a hero of our era, has passed away aged 95 after several years of . The former South African president passed on peacefully in hospital, following a summer of recurring health issues and hospital visits. This huge loss, undoubtedly,… Continue reading Nelson Mandela dies aged 95
Miss Representation is a body which, for the last several years, have concentrated on how women are largely perceived and displayed in the media. Beginning with their self titled documentary, the organisation detailed an avalanche of sexism, misogynistic, intolerant, and offensive media and the subsequent consequences. The documentary’s soaring popularity and the organisation’s ensuing success has led… Continue reading “How the Media Failed Women in 2013” by Miss Representation
Earlier this week, the talented and beloved writer, playwright, poet, and Nobel Prize winner, Doris Lessing, passed away, gently at age 94. Her impressive career – over 50 works – exceeded decades, boundaries and genres; she wrote almost-feminist-fiction (The Golden Notebook), political non-fiction (Prisons We Choose To Live Inside), depictions of the developing world and… Continue reading Doris Lessing
Well done to Walmart! Solving it’s own problem of underpaying and undervaluing its employees by organising a canned food drive; we can sleep safe in the knowledge that said employees, at least, will enjoy a Thanksgiving Day meal from a can. And just in case you missed the sarcasm and sardonic, thinly veiled contempt,… Continue reading Walmart Won’t Raise Wages, but hey, Here’s a Food Drive
Irish time: 15 July, 2016 10.04PM Turkish PM arguing it’s defintiely NOT a coup, but that parts of the military are taking action without a chain of command. Semantics?! Really?! An attempted coup is taking place, I’d say the emphasis needs to focus on why and how this is occurring and whether or not people… Continue reading Attempted Coup Currently Occurring in Turkey