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16 Days of Rethinking Your Definition of Violence

December 02, 2014 at 9:43

Rebecca Smyth from our Steering Group writes on rethinking your definition of violence as part of your own peronsal action during the 16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women

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“Can we play boys against girls?”

October 17, 2014 at 10:30

The Y Factor Steering Group member Rebecca Smyth is currently living in Barcelona. From her continental vantage point, she’s going to blog about issues of gender equality across Europe – everything and anything from reproductive rights and education to the nature of language and street harassment.

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Read Rebecca’s blog on marching for choice in Ireland and Spain

October 01, 2014 at 8:47

The Y Factor Steering Group member Rebecca Smyth is currently living in Barcelona. From her continental vantage point, she’s going to blog about issues of gender equality across Europe – everything and anything from reproductive rights and education to the nature of language and street harassment.

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#yesallwomen, #notallmen

June 03, 2014 at 11:49

Cliobhna Bairead, currently studying for a Degree in Public and Social Policy in NUIG is volunteering with The Y Factor. Here she writes about casual and accepted sexism and sexual assault in our society and the discussion around this.

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How We Prevent Sexual Assault Simply Isn’t Working

November 19, 2013 at 2:07

Becca Ryan looks at how preventing sexual assault is seen as the individual's responsibility, and how harmful this message really is.

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Whose body is it anyway? Take note of my substance, not my style

July 08, 2013 at 9:37

Young girls are over sexualised; this is taken as an often repeated, scientific fact by broad swathes of the media. Teenage girls today are obsessed with looking like Rihanna and spend too much time on their appearance in a desperate effort to attract the appreciative glances of the opposite sex. Some articles regarding the apparent over sexualisation of young girls are downright patronising, somewhat derogatory and certainly sexist. Other commentary is well meaning; showing what is believed to be concern for apparently vulnerable young girls. Whatever the intentions of the commentary, it contributes to an extremely negative culture where we view the image of young girls and women as public property.

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Fighting the same Fight

January 22, 2013 at 1:13

My feminism is intersectional. Why is this you may ask? Well in my eyes I am a whole human being. My interests and passions vary wildly but they all come together to make up who I am. I am, by my own definition, a queer, fat feminist and all three of these are areas where I experience discrimination.

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Learning about Feminism

January 20, 2013 at 1:34

Feminism? What could it mean? We certainly didn’t know! On the 9th of November, we began to understand its exact meaning. Two speakers from the Y Factor arrived at our school to work with us on understanding and acknowledging the role of women in society.

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The Feminist “Tag” – still relevant?

January 19, 2013 at 1:15

Feminism is the belief in total equality between all sexes/genders and the need to organise and advocate in pursuit of this equality.

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