LOUISE O'NEILL: 'Periods are still seen as something that should be kept secret for fear we scare the men-folk'

When I first began writing, I had my own blog. The most popular piece I ever posted was when I shared embarrassing period stories and asked other women to comment underneath with their own, writes Louise O'Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I was supposed to live in a city, that was my destiny

While working at ELLE in New York, I had to challenge quite a few of my colleagues’ misconceptions about Ireland. 

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LOUISE O'NEILL: It’s interesting that some people still believe that a fulfilling career is worthless unless you have a romantic partner to share it with

I had an interesting conversation at the farmers’ market recently, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: A behaved woman never made history

Since reading Hillary Clinton’s memoir I’ve been giving a lot of thought to ‘difficult women’, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: March. March, I beg of you

I know that most of you are horrified by the stories detailing the atrocities that women have been subjected to over the last 100 years, writes Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Is cosmetic surgery a feminist issue?

It seems doubly cruel how we laugh at plastic surgery that has gone wrong, writes Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I made myself get up at 5am even though I had nowhere to go (Varadkar would be so proud)

There were warning signs back in April, signs I should have paid attention to. I was in hospital, about to go under general anaesthetic and I was playing a bargaining game with the surgeon. 

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LOUISE O'NEILL: If you're not failing, then you're not learning

I was recently approached by Always to be part of the Irish team for their #LikeAGirl campaign, writes Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: And I lie awake, praying for sleep....

Most of my childhood photos are of me lying unconscious in the most unlikely of places, mouth agape, drooling unattractively, writes Louise O’Neill.

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Are unsolicited photos the price women are expected to pay on social media?

It was a Wednesday when I saw it. Wednesday afternoon, to be precise, broad daylight, so I really wasn’t expecting it. 

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LOUISE O'NEILL: Why don’t we trust women?

A couple of years ago, my father called me into the living room because he wanted to show me something on the television, writes Louise O’Neill

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LOUISE O'NEILL: I find it insufferable when I hear adult women described as girls

This obsession with the word ‘girls’ is a by-product of a preoccupation with youth in women, writes Louise O’Neill

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