‘At the age of 33, I left my career and decided it was time to...

Caitlin McBride

This Victorian Rathmines home with sleek extension is on the market for €3.1 million

Megan Burns

6 brilliant books to put on your reading lists for 2021

Jennifer McShane

Helen James shares her favourite no knead bread recipe

IMAGE

Repeat after me: There is nothing wrong with not wanting a promotion

Colette Sexton

Are Buckingham Palace trying to smear Meghan Markle?

Jennifer McShane

WATCH: This powerful ad is going viral for its realistic depiction of breastfeeding

Jennifer McShane

Our pick of new-in homeware to bring that spring feeling into your home

Megan Burns

There were so many great small-space ideas in last night’s ‘Home of the Year’

Lauren Heskin

Image / Self

Cancel culture: ‘Where do we draw the line between opposing views and a dangerous mob mentality?’


by Amanda Cassidy
08th Aug 2020

In this all or nothing world, we are in danger of cancelling vital conversations in favour of zapping those we don’t agree with into the abyss, writes Amanda Cassidy


‘Go kill yourself’, the tweet read, its vitriol undulled by the bright screen in front of me. Aimed at Irish TV presenter Laura Whitmore, the starkly audacious online comment was as a result of her appearing on a podcast to show support for the British Army.

The 35-year-0ld was promoting a new podcast series for the British Army called The Locker in which the Love Island presenter interviews a female soldier about her life in a typically male-dominated landscape.

“Hear me talk about all things confidence, body positivity, being female in a male-dominated industry & overcoming insecurities with the inspiring Ella, a soldier in the @britisharmy,” she shared.

Later, Whitmore who hails from Bray, posted a tribute to John Hume, the man who worked tirelessly and successfully to promote peace in the North during the troubles.

Immediately she was attacked for being “two-faced” and a “traitor”.

“This is not about ignoring the history book. This is about progress and equality — something Hume promoted,” she wrote on Twitter, in response to the flurry of outrage.

A lack of due process doesn’t transform into a moral good just because you sometimes agree with those it sets in its sights

Also Read

premium HEALTH & WELLNESS, REAL-LIFE STORIES
Filomena Kaguako: Burlesque reminded me that I am sexy, and my own worst enemy

After being in a room full of strong women drawing upon the audacious confidence of burlesque, Filomena Kaguako found her confidence

By Filomena Kaguako

premium AGENDA, SELF
Does remote work put younger workers at a disadvantage?

Edaein O'Connell speaks to three young professionals about the impact working from home has had on their careers

By Edaein OConnell

overthinker
ADVICE
Hello, my name is Niamh and I am a classic overthinker

Do you replay mistakes in your head over and over, or dwell on outcomes so much that you emotionally feel like they’ve already happened? You might be an overthinker.

By Niamh Ennis

premium HEALTH & WELLNESS, REAL-LIFE STORIES
Life-changing stories: ‘I work in the Rotunda performing C-sections on Covid patients’

Dr. Niamh Daly speaks candidly to Amanda Cassidy about the challenges maternity hospitals face and the heartbreak that comes with the job.

By Amanda Cassidy

PARENTHOOD, BEAUTY
‘Female post-natal health is still simply an afterthought and it isn’t good enough’

Apart from the six-week check-up with our GP after birth...

By Amanda Cassidy

loneliness
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Why is the shared experience of a pandemic making me feel more alone?

Everyone is feeling fairly crap at the minute. But do...

By IMAGE

REAL-LIFE STORIES
The reality of a decade of IVF: ‘I felt like a little light had gone out in me’

Lisa spent her thirties undergoing relentless fertility treatments in an...

By Lia Hynes

BREAKING STORIES, REAL-LIFE STORIES
Tragic nine-year-old’s death will not be in vain says heartbroken mother after landmark ruling

Ella Kissi-Debrah is the first person in the world for...

By Amanda Cassidy