LOUISE O'NEILL: No matter how much time recovery takes, no matter how much energy — it is still easier than living with an addiction

There are a few words that I use extensively in my daily life. Patriarchy. Misogyny. Feminism. Intersectionality. (I am great craic, please invite me to your parties.)

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LOUISE O'NEILL: There are countless different ways in which victims can and will react to sexual violence and all are valid

ONE of my favourite things to do around Oscar season is to read The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot’ in which anonymous members of the Academy admit who they voted for and explain their reasons why.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: When I am Queen of the World, the sun is going to be the first thing against the wall

I’m the person at barbecues dressed in what basically amounts to a bee-keeper’s uniform, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: The phrase ‘check your privilege’ is over-used and mocked in some quarters but its ubiquity should not diminish its importance

I became interested in the power of positive thinking when I was 17 and found a copy of You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay on our bookshelves at home.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: As a nation we are becoming more and more sleep deprived

As I have mentioned in this column before, I’ve commandeered one of the spare bedrooms in my parents’ house as my writing room.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Human rights that we take for granted can easily be taken away from us

How is it possible that this novel was written in 1985, and yet so little has changed in 15 years, asks Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you might miss it

There has always been a certainty with Áine that no matter what happened we would always be connected, says Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: If you marry for money then you will end up earning every penny of it

Being a trophy wife is not real power. Real power is never dependent on someone else’s mood and/or generosity, says Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Men are not the ones who will be left holding the baby

You might not like the idea of abortion. You might never like it. No one is ever going to force you to terminate your pregnancy.

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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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