Amanda: I don’t think allowing someone to pay for you makes you any less of a feminist, the same way paying for someone doesn’t make you more of one. The question is problematic in itself because it only takes into account heterosexual interactions. The problem is not one partner paying for the other but the… Continue reading If Your Partner Pays for a Date, Can You Still be a Feminist?
Back when I was doing my undergraduate, one of the societies in our university was having a debate on the hijab. It promised to be the same old rhetoric that we’ve been hearing over and over again for years: is the hijab oppressive? Can Muslims be feminist? There was nothing new, innovative, or revolutionary about… Continue reading Mirror on the Veil: Addressing the Diverse Perspectives of Muslim Women
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be pretty. What ‘pretty’ meant was a mystery to me. In some ways, it still remains one. In the eyes of many African and Asian girls, ‘pretty’ entails Eurocentric features. Lighter pigmentation, lighter eye colour, a narrow nose; everything that is connected… Continue reading Trapped by Eurocentric Beauty: the Ubiquity of Skin Bleaching
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
I first started reading LGBTQIA+ webcomics around the age of 14, when I accidentally stumbled upon a Japanese genre called Yaoi and Shounen ai. Translated as ‘boy love’, these are genres that depict a love story between two males, and are quite popular in both Japanese manga (comics) and anime (animation). At the time it was hard… Continue reading Unrestrained Voices: 10 Diverse LGBTQIA+ Webcomics To Read
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?
From the rubble of WWII destruction, The Dark Circle tells the story of a pair of Jewish twins, Lenny and Miriam, whose lives are put on hold by a tuberculosis diagnosis. We are introduced to the microcosm of the sanatorium, where patients from all backgrounds and walks of life are thrown together, in some cases… Continue reading The Dark Circle: Love and Rebellion in the time of TB