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The Beauty Premium: how society rewards pretty, and why it’s a lose/lose game for women

The Beauty Premium shows that conventionally attractive people have been shown to be socially and economically rewarded —…

By Roe McDermott

katie hill and revenge porn

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Katie Hill case highlights how revenge porn continues to punish and control women

A political scandal in the United States illustrates how women are still shamed and punished for being the…

By Roe McDermott

NASA celebrated a long overdue milestone: its first ever all-women spacewalk.

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We live in a world designed for men – from smartwatches to spacesuits

Invisible bias and gendered design have resulted in a world designed to suit the average man. But by…

By Roe McDermott

Instagram and the rise of instatherapy

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The rise of Insta therapy: Can social media be good for your mental health?

Therapists, psychologists and mental health educators are increasingly using Instagram to share information about mental health and break…

By Roe McDermott

dealing with isolation of a mental health crisis

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I had a mental health crisis and people did not know how to respond

The blindspot in our discourse around mental health is that we cannot encourage vulnerable people to reach out…

By Roe McDermott

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We’re using older women’s naked bodies as a source of fear and repulsion

Horror cinema has become obsessed with portraying older women’s naked bodies as a source of fear and repulsion.…

By Roe McDermott

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We are perpetuating limited beauty standards in our own social media feeds

The beauty industry is finally, belatedly, embracing diverse forms of beauty. But we don’t need to wait for…

By Roe McDermott

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How actresses keep themselves safe filming sex scenes

A lack of clear on-set dialogue about how to film sex scenes can cause discomfort and vulnerability –…

By Roe McDermott

Sinead O'Connor

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How unruly women expose the rules that restrict us all

Sinead O’Connor ripping up a photo of the Pope was an example of a woman being harshly punished…

By Roe McDermott

How self-care has gone from radical to influencer marketing

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Posting your self-care routine on Instagram is not self-care

Self-care was supposed to be about rebelling against oppressive systems. Instead, we’re buying face masks from them and…

By Roe McDermott

Dave Chappelle and cancel culture

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Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special and the myth of cancel culture

Our culture hasn’t shifted towards silencing people, because marginalised people have always been silenced. The shift is that…

By Roe McDermott

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Miley Cyrus, her divorce and the kiss: how society is undermining a queer woman’s sexuality

Media coverage of Miley Cyrus continuously declares a queer woman’s sexuality is something entirely defined by the gender…

By Roe McDermott