In the first of a series exploring lesser known forms of gender-based violence, Sibeal Devilly looks at incel culture origins and impacts across society
STAND News Editor Ellen McVeigh looks at the facts behind the 10,000 Students #FreetheFlow Campaign, and talks to menstrual justice advocates about the importance of raising awareness about period poverty
We interview Candice Chirwa, a South African speaker, academic and menstruation activist about the ‘taboo topic’ of periods and what steps people can take to demand menstruation justice now.
Gymnast Suni Lee amazed the world when she won the all-around gold medal with lash extensions and a set of acrylic nails applied. The fact that she completed a gold-medal routine without even so much as breaking a nail is insanely impressive in itself, but we must think critically about the society we live in, in which a world class athlete felt it necessary to compete with these additional obstacles in the name of appealing to the unattainable beauty standard expected of women.
So why does one-dimensional coverage of women in media matter? Newspapers and magazines inform people’s views and opinions. It affects how we as society see women unconsciously. When the media furthers the perception of women as sex objects, that has knock-on consequences throughout society.
The recent increase in the popularity of female rap through platforms such as Tiktok has led listeners to view the music as both empowering and progressive. However, many still argue that the sexual and arguably aggressive lyrics of women in the industry further perpetuate the misogynistic connotations of hip-hop. Regardless of the stance that one may take on the topic, it seems as though there is an undeniable depth to our beloved hot girl summer anthems.
“I became a Zumba instructor. I travelled half of Europe with my kids. My daughters are free to live without a verbally and physically abusive father. All I can say is that I am grateful to Ireland and the people who supported me through that difficult time.”
It is undeniable that sexual assault and rape are seriously pressing and important global issues. However, in the search for solutions, we tend to jump to the biggest problem solver – how can the law be reformed to better protect victims? Sometimes though, smaller actions can have a very worthwhile and instrumental effect.
The real conversation lies in asking ourselves why altering our appearance has become so normalised and readily-available as a cosmetic service. When and why did our natural faces with textured skin and varied features become undesirable and “ugly”?
Even when abortion appears accessible on a surface level, unnecessary obstacles can force people into a situation in which abortion is no longer an option. This includes mandatory counselling and waiting periods, lack of access to information and to telemedicine.