I am going to start this post by including a trigger warning; this post involves many references to rape itself, rape culture and victim shaming. I will be talking about some statistics about rape in Ireland and USA. I will be outlining some of the problems of rape culture too. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive guide by any means. For instance, I deal mainly with victims of rape who are female and I don’t really go in to what is and isn’t consent, but you can find a great post about that here.
I am going to start this post by including a trigger warning; this post involves many references to rape and victim shaming. It includes quotes from people supporting the rapists in the Steubenville rape case and from those blaming the victim. For my general thoughts about rape culture and the friend zone, click here
The following is an article that appeared in issue 10 (5th March) of volume 19 of the University Observer. It was based on an interview I had with Jenna Guerin, a volunteer for UCD’s women’s football team, about the difficulties of running a successful sports club on a short budget; a problem facing many women’s sports teams at the moment.
This is the second of a two-part post about abortion. This part is about my opinion on Savita, Irish law and the public reaction. For part 1 (about why I am pro-choice), click here.
The recent death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway has brought the abortion debate back in to the public sphere. I even ended up debating about it with my parents yesterday morning. Unsurprisingly, my mum was outraged and my dad “wanted to wait until he had all the facts”, and therefore, in my opinion anyway, completely missed the point of the entire thing.
I wrote this on my old blog a while ago, in light of the tragedy of Savita Halappanavar, who died in an Irish hospital after being denied an abortion. I’m going to assume that you know what happened, and if you didn’t, then you can click on the link above and read about it. I was having a discussion on Twitter with two friends of mine about abortion and I quickly realised that (shockingly) 140 characters was nowhere near enough space in which to make a proper argument.