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…

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…

Therapy: The New Form of Self-Care. 

  By Roisin Noonan   By now we are all well accustomed with the term “self-care” and all that it encompasses. We millennials are even sometimes referred to as the “self-care generation”. In a world where we whizz around every day on an endless merry go round of work/study/exercise/eat/sleep/repeat, there is no doubt that self-care…

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…