Re-evaluating January Preoccupations with Health and Fitness – Comments from BodyWhys

By Maeve O’Keeffe Trigger Warning: This article contains mentions of eating disorders and may be triggering for some readers. If you feel that you will be triggered, please refrain from reading this article.  A list of supports is mentioned at the end of this article.  Though I relish cracking open a new diary, its blankness…

Bystander Intervention – A Campus Wide New Year’s Resolution

By Maeve O’Keeffe As the new semester begins, you might feel motivated to ‘hit the ground running’ with college work. One new year’s resolution definitely worth your time before your academic timetable gets too hectic is the participation in the Bystander Intervention programme. The time and effort needed to complete bystander intervention training is minimal,…

Addressing Toxic Attitudes towards Successful Young Women 

By Maeve O’Keeffe  On Friday the 15th of November, Britney Spears fans and advocates of the #FreeBritney  movement rejoiced, as her 13-year long conservatorship was terminated. Spears was placed  under conservatorship after what can only be described as an incessant paparazzi pursuit that  contributed to her mental health difficulties and erratic behaviour. The New York…

A Bystander Intervention Perspective on Image-Based Sexual Abuse 

By Maeve O’Keeffe This article contains mentions of Image-Based Sexual Abuse. If you feel that at any point you may be triggered please refrain from reading this article. We have also listed supports at the end of this article.  Image based sexual abuse (IBSA) is defined as the non-consensual creation and/or distribution  of private sexual…

The Ethics of True Crime: Invasive Voyeurism, or Natural Fascination?

 By Maeve O’Keeffe  I recently subscribed to the email lists of some prominent Irish newspapers, and usually there is nothing too ground-breaking about the headlines that ping into my inbox every  morning. There are stories about COVID-19, the state of the economy, the environment, match  reports, and the controversies and scandals of both political and…

Movember Conversations on Toxic Masculinity, Lad Culture, and Men’s Mental Health

By Maeve O’Keeffe  As a woman and a feminist, tackling gender stereotypes from a female perspective is a  consistent priority of mine. In this column, I have discussed how toxic masculinity and sexist  rape myths can affect women. However, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that men are  also frequent casualties of…

Going All Out 

By Maeve O’Keeffe  “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” – Joni  Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi  “I am so sick of forking over a tenner just to get into that kip of a club,” my friend moaned  during our customary Friday morning debrief in the kitchen…

Victim-Blaming in Sexual Assault 

By Maeve O’Keeffe  This article contains topics of sexual harassment, sexual violence and assault. Please skip this article if you feel you may be triggered. We have listed supports at the end of this article.  Durham University in England has recently faced backlash after a social media campaign  warning students that “Drink Spiking is dangerous…

Girlboss: Motivational Motto, or Demeaning Drivel?  

By Maeve O’Keeffe  The term “girlboss” was coined by Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal, a fashion retailer that she grew from an eBay store aged 22. When Amoruso published her 2014 memoir,  #Girlboss, which was adapted into a Netflix series, the term suddenly became part of the  modern workplace vernacular, emblazoned on coffee…