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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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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