Advertising Abortions In The Irish Times

I couldn’t put this any better.

Waking up this morning, I flopped over in bed (almost exactly like how I imagine a sleepy walrus would) as usual, and picked up my phone for a bit of a browse of some news until I felt ready to face the world. I can’t be the only person who does this, can I? Somehow reading news articles in bed feels almost like I’m doing something productive. Almost.

This morning, I was treated to news of an ad in the Irish Times today. Doesn’t sound like news to you? Check this out:

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That, my friends, is one hell of an advertisement. It’s more than an advertisement. It’s a gauntlet thrown at the Irish government to get their act together, grow a pair (of ovaries), and start providing women with the healthcare and bodily autonomy that are our rights. And it manages to simultaneously give essential information to people with crisis…

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Something I wrote for Cork Feminista

Welcome to Cork Feminista

What does feminism mean to you?

It means equality and fairness between the sexes. Neither sex is superior to the other, and we are different (although I would question how much of that is biologically determined, as opposed to socialisation) and I think every baby girl born today deserves the same chances and opportunities as every baby boy.

 

When did you realise you were a feminist?

I don’t know if there was an exact moment. When I was younger I had the image of feminists being dour and humourless, but I was always very aware of gender issues from an early age. I remember having to write an essay on women’s rights in 5th year and I was surprised how strongly I felt about it. Then I worked in a very male environment for three years and I was constantly being patronised and harassed. That really clinched it…

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