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Cork Evening Echo Opinion Column: Why I spoke up for marriage equality

Originally posted on 140 characters is usually enough:

My feet were sore and my back was at me.

It was two days to the Marriage Equality referendum and I’d taken some time off work to help with Yes Equality Cork. I had never canvassed for anything in my life and my experience of going door-to-door in rural towns and villages had been almost universally positive. I was finding standing on the street in Cork a lot more daunting.

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Outside the city library at lunchtime, I decided a friendly, indirect approach was best.  Holding my Yes Equality leaflets in my hand, I greeted people “Hello! Are you voting on Friday?” The most common answer I got was along the lines of “I am voting. And I’m voting Yes.” Some people said they hadn’t made their minds up yet. I asked if they had any worries or doubts and almost all said they didn’t, which led me…

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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Don’t go anywhere: Risk management for women

Originally posted on Feminist Ire:

You leave your house very early in the morning. It could be anywhere between 6am and 8am, but it’s mostly around 6.30am. You take the bus to work. The streets are deserted. Most mornings, your boyfriend walks your dog down the road beside you to the bus stop. Some days, you are on your own. On your days off work, you would like to walk your dog across town at 6am, the route you would take in the daytime when there is hustle and bustle, but maybe it isn’t safe enough when it is early. There aren’t enough people about.

There are shady looking characters that lurk around the streets in the morning. You get nervous when you see them. You wonder should you alter your route to the bus stop but each route you would take would require you to walk down a street that might be a little…

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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Louise O’Neill: A word after a word after a word is power

Louise O’Neill: A word after a word after a word is power

Originally posted on The Coven:

Margaret Atwood wrote “A word after a word after a word is power.”

I am blind in this world. I do not know what direction in which I face. I do not know what I believe. I do not know who I am. Then I begin to write.

A word after a word after a word, each one slides off my pen and drips onto the page, drip, drip, drip. A word after a word after a word. And it, whatever it may be, begins to make sense to me. There it is. A story. My story.

They say that artists have themes, issues, motifs that they keep returning to. There is one story buried so deep within our bones that we are compelled to tell it in an effort to draw it to the surface. We must tell it and re-tell it again and again, until finally, it will…

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Posted by on April 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Guest Post: On Being a Trans Woman and Crossing the Bathroom Line

Sharrow:

Please take the time to read this.

Originally posted on The Belle Jar:

By Xeph Kalma

I don’t work for a big company. It’s tech, and it’s a small office, and everyone knows each other. The people are generally kind, I guess, and frankly, I mostly feel like I should just be so gosh darn happy to even have a job me that I shouldn’t have any problems with the situation there.

I tell myself that I should just deal with the constant microaggressions, the misgendering, the fact that no one speaks to me unless they have to; I should get used to the fact that I basically get treated like garbage there, because HEY, LET’S BE REAL. As a trans woman of colour, I am literally super, duper, lucky I have a job. Not kidding. Look at the stats. Probably the only reason I’m employed right now is because I started transitioning while at this company.

So I guess what I really mean is…

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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Posted by on December 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Alliance For Choice and BFN response to abortion consultation

Originally posted on Belfast Feminist Network:

Alliance For Choice and Belfast Feminist Network Joint Press Release:

We welcome today’s consultation paper from the Department of Justice – The Criminal Law On Abortion, Lethal Foetal Abnormality And Sexual Crime: A Consultation On Amending The Law By The Department Of Justice.

First of all we would like to draw attention to the fact that there are now no women on the Justice Committee. This is the Committee dealing with issues such as abortion law, sexual crime legislation, law governing domestic violence and law affecting sex workers, all of which overwhelmingly affect women. It is completely unacceptable and reflects the deep chasm between the experiences of more than half the electorate and the understanding of those with the power to make change.

We would also like to highlight the limits of a consultation paper on abortion that refuses to acknowledge, issues often labelled as ‘pro-choice’ and ‘pro-life’. There…

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Posted by on October 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Some News

So things have a been a bit quiet here, that is due to me having moved my blogs to my new site.

From now on you will find me here http://janet.ie/

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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