To celebrate Pride month, we’ve put together a list of eight feel-good queer movies. It can be quite a slog to uncover the gems in this relatively uncharted category. Those that are out there are not without problems, with sparse representation of people of colour, trans, and intersex characters across the board. Things are getting better,… Continue reading 8 Feel-Good Queer Movies To Brighten Up Your Day
Mosney was supposed to be a short-term solution. 18 years on, the campus houses over 600 people. Newcomers to Ireland who have already faced years of instability are forced to spend months, and often years, in direct provision centres such as Mosney. In a recent piece, I argued that Ireland’s long history with emigration… Continue reading Cabin Fever in Mosney: Can We End the Isolation of Direct Provision?
“Considering one’s life requires a horribly delicate determination, doesn’t it? To get to the truth, to the heart of the trouble.” First Love is an often cryptic snapshot into the everyday reality of an abusive relationship. The novel, which has been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, is Gwendoline Riley’s fifth book. Protagonist… Continue reading First Love: A Cryptic Snapshot Into an Abusive Relationship
When I think of the Repeal movement, a few images immediately spring to mind. I see the simple and stark caps-lock REPEAL lettering across Anna Cosgrave’s black jumpers. I see the eye-catching blue and red of Maser’s heart-shaped Repeal the 8th mural, which people have replicated on banners and t-shirts the world over. The latest… Continue reading Art and Activism in Ireland: Leanne Woodfull on Repeal Chain
Today, we have very exciting news. Spectra is launching its very first magazine! Spectra has always been a magazine/website hybrid. We want to pay homage to a more traditional magazine format by offering our content in the form of a 24-page online PDF and as a print copy. The online PDF is available here for anyone… Continue reading Magazine Launch – Spectra Volume 1: Q1 2017
It’s been a hard week for Irish women. Today – International Women’s Day – the country is on strike. The strike is organised by pro-choice lobbyists seeking to repeal the eighth amendment. Introduced in 1983, the eighth amendment to the Irish constitution effectively bans abortion. Women throughout Ireland have the opportunity to join the… Continue reading End the Shame: Strike 4 Repeal
In our fifth episode, we discuss issues surrounding the period. We speak about the stigmas around the period, specifically about where these stigmas arise and how they can be harmful. We also discuss contraceptive methods, various sanitation products, PMS, along with a whole host of other period-related topics! Read Aurelia’s full comment here. Thanks again… Continue reading Podcast: Periods