Intro to Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) is often misunderstood. Because obviously, we all know that eating disorders are a thing – we don’t exactly need to be made aware of their existence and the fact that they’re pretty shit. But there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about eating disorders, and EDAW is maybe one…

On Underwear Photos and Loving My Body

I’ve taken underwear selfies for tumblr before, but they’ve always been very strategically shot – very little stomach and thighs, and lots of focus on the boobs. This morning I took some that are different – straight on, not stretching to hide the curves my body makes, not hiding my ‘problem areas’, wearing underwear that…

On Body Negativity

 (TW Eating Disorders) I was 15 when I first felt that there was something ‘wrong’ with my body. I was visiting my dad in Cork and he made fat jokes. Pretty much constantly. He then apparently had a go at my mum about my weight. I was 5’8 and a size 12 – perfectly healthy…

On Bloglovin’ and my Impromptu Haitus

As usual, instead of doing any actual important work for college (sure it’s not like I have two presentations next week and two big papers due in a few weeks…), I spent ages this morning trying to figure out how to join Bloglovin’. Bloglovin’ is basically a blog reader app/site where you can read blogs…

Not all Guys are like that

At 15 a boy told me that if I really liked him, I’d fool around with him. Afterwards, he said he only saw me as a friend, but we should still have sex sometime. But not all guys are like that. My first time going to a nightclub, I was pushed into dancing with a…

On the Limits of ‘Yes means Yes’ Campaigns

Talking about consent, as well as rape culture, is incredibly important. According to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. There have been many attempts to raise awareness and attempts to prevent sexual assault and rape. Sex positive feminism’s ‘Yes means…

On Asking for Help

Despite the fact that we talk more and more about mental health as a society these days, it’s nearly always in general terms. It’s rarely ‘I have dealt with x’, or ‘I need help with y’. As someone who’s dealt with mental health issues for far too many years, I was pretty used to keeping…

On New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Eve is probably one of the most hyped up nights of the year. Yeah, I’m that kind of person. I genuinely don’t understand its appeal, apart from when you’re like 10 and staying up ‘til midnight is a massive deal. But when you’re sleeping pattern is as fucked as mine, midnight is no…

On STI Check-Ups

Today, I had my first STI check-up. And yeah, I know how bad it is that I’m 21 and, after 4 years of being sexually active, am only having my first set of STI tests done now. But, like a lot of young people, I was terrified of the thought of them, and was under…