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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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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