Roe McDermott

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2023 was the Year of Girl Culture: But was it radical or regressive?

The Barbie movie, The Eras tour, girl math and girl dinner all marked 2023 as the year of…

By Roe McDermott

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SELF

Forget about consensual sex, where’s the care-filled sex?

Recent films, books and podcasts are highlighting how women are left feeling vulnerable and even violated due to…

By Roe McDermott

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SELF

Men don’t ask questions on dates – And it’s hurting us all

There’s a depressing phenomenon of men going on dates with women and asking them no questions – but…

By Roe McDermott

Sexual assault
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‘I’ve been sexually assaulted four times. It’s not fine. It never was’

Roe McDermott writes about her experiences of sexual violence, and the way society is trained to seek out any…

By Roe McDermott

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

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…

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AGENDA

Stop talking about the definition of toxic masculinity – and start tackling the problem

Ahead of International Men’s Day on Sunday, Roe McDermott explains the oft-misunderstood idea of toxic masculinity, and how…

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SELF, STYLE

‘Rich Girl Face’: 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

Instagram and the rise of instatherapy

SELF

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

peach female sexual pleasure
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SELF

Refusing to represent women’s sexual pleasure onscreen renders us obscene

Female sexual pleasure in films and pop culture is often treated as obscene, though men receiving oral sex…

By Roe McDermott

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner
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Sophie Turner and the misogyny of the celebrity PR machine

Audiences are no longer accepting misogynistic attacks on women and are thinking critically about the legitimacy and integrity…

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The myth of the frivolous female spender

Women aren’t any more irresponsible or extravagant in their spending than men, but damaging stereotypes persist – and…

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SELF

Do you prioritise self-care over your friendships?

Words like ‘self-care’ and ‘boundaries’ were supposed to help us improve our relationships and emotional support systems –…

By Roe McDermott