LOUISE O'NEILL: There’s still an idea in Irish culture that having a therapist is ‘very American’, and something that is best avoided here

I have heard people express bitterness towards those who have taken their own lives, I have heard others ask sufferers ‘why’ they’re depressed considering how privileged they have been in other aspects of their lives, writes Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I’m consistently open to the possibility that today could be the day that I meet a new person who will change my life forever

I don’t have any issues with my age. This shouldn’t seem like an extraordinary statement but sometimes it feels as if getting older, particularly for women, is a fate worse than death and must be warded off at all costs whether that’s through the ritualistic sacrifice of young virgins or a self-portrait putrefying in the attic. You do you, babe.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I am a writer, all my dreams have come true, but why do I not feel whole yet?

I spent this morning listing the reasons why I became a writer, says Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Stop telling me about what men like, need and want from me

It is usually a very specific type of woman that is sexualised in visual mediums like movies and TV — women who are very thin with large breasts, says Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I like to keep my gaze focused on my goal rather than agonise about my path

Winners never quit, I would tell myself, and quitters never win, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I keep returning home to my childhood bed. I keep returning home to be happy

On a recent Saturday night, I spent an hour lecturing some poor man about gender politics — it wasn’t my fault!

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I want to encourage teenage girls to take up more space in the world, not less

Sometimes I get messages from people who want my opinion on a particular topic or event because, they say, I am ‘always right’.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: We are all women and, more importantly, we are all human

I ??shouldn’t be writing this column. The last thing the world needs right now is yet another cisgender woman sermonising about her views on the trans community.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Thank you mum, for believing in me when I couldn’t even believe in myself

In a study released in 2013, scientists found that when they applied an electric shock to mice as they were exposed to the smell of cherry blossoms, the mice were, in time, trained to fear that scent. 

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Powerful men, accused of crimes against women, should fail at the box office

Supposedly sexually harassing women in the work place and going on to win an Academy Award for best actor are perfect examples of rape culture, says Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I enjoy my own company. It is only when I am alone that I know who I truly am.

I can be sociable and outgoing but I require a great deal of time by myself in order to recharge, says Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Mná na hÉireann, I am proud to be one of you

International Women’s Day is next Wednesday and I’m already wondering who will be the first person to ask me, ‘Well, when is International Men’s Day?’ 

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I believed that if only I was more beautiful, that somehow my life would be easier

It made me reaffirm, once again, that I am more than my body, and that I deserve to be loved regardless of how attractive society deems me to be.

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