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The Budget contraception scheme still holds women in Ireland responsible for safe sex


by Kate Demolder
19th Oct 2021

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Excluding girls under 17 and women over 25, the new government contraception proposal perpetuates the age-old female stereotypes of chastity or motherhood.

Ireland doesn’t talk a lot. But when it does, it’s almost always about women. There’s an art to it – it would be admirable if it weren’t horrifying – which is to say that for being a highly developed country, the vantage point which women are viewed oftentimes skews Middle Ages. The State’s history when it comes to women and sex is arduous and thorny, typically intrinsically linking the two with sordid behaviour and seediness...

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