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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LOUISE O'NEILL: Statistics suggest some boys are watching porn as young as eight years of age

If you’re not going to engage in those conversations with your son or daughter, are you really in a position to criticise them for turning to pornography for guidance?

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Just do the best you can today. You’re good enough just as you are.

I spent my life pretending I was fine when I wasn’t, pretending that I never needed help when I felt utterly hopeless.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: We think drugs make us interesting when in fact they make us boring

Addiction knows no class, no gender, no race nor religion. All it wants is to feast on us. 

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LOUISE O'NEILL: It’s always Caucasian people who say they don’t see race

A few years ago, I made the decision that I was going to primarily read fiction that was written by women.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: It is impossible for women to be sexist towards men

Louise O’Neill talks about the notion of 'reverse sexism' and how it is impossible for women to be sexist towards men.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Louise O'Neill: Maybe our outrage is the attention trolls so desperately crave

I was recently asked by The Economist to be part of their Generation Prophet and write about the future of feminism. 

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LOUISE O'NEILL: My writing process is sitting in front of my laptop and trying not to cry

Ever wanted to get inside a writer’s mind and take a look at their creative process? Well, this week Louise O’Neill shares hers.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: In a way, it feels ridiculous to be standing there in the dark, crying over a dog

It was August in New York when my mother rang. I was busy but I was always busy when I lived in New York.

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