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…

‘I was Forced into Sex Work’ 

By Imasha Costa  This article contains topics of sex work and sexual violence. If at any point you may feel like you might be triggered, please skip this article.  Earlier in the month of October, UCC Students Union had reopened their Food Bank after they saw the rise in students struggling financially. The food bank…

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…

Spirituality: Appropriation or appreciation. 

By Billy O’Connor  The line between cultural appropriation and appreciation has long been a blurred one. Oftentimes, it is talked about in terms of hairstyles and vernacular regarding black American culture, but a recent ‘trend’ has brought to the forefront an under-represented and under-appreciated practice that is sacred to Buddhists and Hinduists in particular. While…

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…