How about a reality check? By Ash

Everyone has bad days sometimes. You can’t blame people for being stressed or not skipping around the place as if they have just won the lotto. Today there are so many pressures in our daily lives. I mean for teenagers alone we have the stress of exams and education, making our parents proud and trying

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Guest Post: Megan on the stigma around anorexia

18 year old Megan has just joined our youth council, and hopes to use it as a platform to raise awareness and start conversations about eating disorders in Ireland. Here is her first post. She will be writing more about her experiences in the future. Welcome aboard Megan x When I heard of anorexia as

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Why I love to read: by Clodagh

When I was growing up, I was a huge reader. I devoured books. I spent years waiting until I could start on my sister’s collection of Babysitter Club books, and distracted myself with Jacqueline Wilson’s heartbreaking tales. I went to my local library, my school library, my brother’s bookshelves, anywhere I might find a new

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How to talk to someone who’s depressed: by Ash

Very few people know how to respond when people when they say they struggle with mental illness. Here’s some things that have been said to me that made me irritated/belittled. There’s also a few responses at the end. “Oh that’s shit I get pretty depressed too. Especially when everyone goes out and I don’t and

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On coming out: By Caitlin

Caitlin came out to her closest friends 4 years ago. Now fully out and very happy, she has written this piece in the hopes that sharing her experience might help  someone else going through the same thing…. Learning to be Proud: A Reflection on the Awkwardness of Self-Discovery I accepted at some stage in my

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Guest Post: Its okay to NOT be different, by Clodagh

With so much talk and advertisement – mainly aimed at us young folk –  to “be ourselves”, to not be afraid to “be different” and “stand out from the crowd”, it’s a wonder that there’s any social clubs or societies left, because god forbid we have the same interest as someone else! We are encouraged

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Reader Post: All that is gold doesn’t glitter.

Whitney Larkins, one of our American readers, submitted this lovely post. Thanks girl x You see, I’m an American black woman whose skin color is about the same as a brown cardboard box. But for me, my “number one” metal wasn’t gold, it was bronze. Well, to be clear, when it comes to my choice

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Reader Letter: A Pretentious ‘Summary’ of My Life So Far

Last night, we received this letter from a girl who took part in a workshop before Christmas. If you have ever struggled you need to read it…. Dear Tammy, or any other beautiful soul that is reading this; Hi! I’m ***, and I’m fourteen, and back in about October or November of 2016 you came

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Why you need to use your voice; By Sophie Kane

Sophie Kane is back to tell us about how important it is for us to use our voices and stand up for what we believe in. Don’t for one minute feel that because you are young, or because you are a girl, that no-one will listen. It doesn’t matter whether its animal welfare, environmental issues, women’s

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Guest Post: My Not So Fairy Castle

Last week we shared Aisling’s first post. Here she writes about how some days, all she wants to do is stay in bed. Most days, she gets up anyway, one day at a time. My bed is my castle. Nothing can come near me and nothing can harm me when I’m in my bed. Whenever I’m

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Guest Blog: ‘My Black Dog’ by Aisling

Last year I gave up playing soccer, as I couldn’t seem to stay off crutches, and my age was catching up with me. Playing right back, Aisling was usually on my left, cleaning up all my mistakes, running faster than any other player on the pitch and astounding us all with her talent. She is beautiful,

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Guest Post: Sophie Kane on how writing helps her deal.

Writing has always been important to me throughout my life. I’ve kept journals for as far back as I can remember. Using what comes natural to us, or something we are good at to spread our message and our feminism, is the best way to express ourselves. My journey with writing hasn’t been smooth, but

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I was the school bully, and had no idea.

We came across this story on www.viralwomen.com and thought we would share it because so many of us can identify with it. There’s a bit of a bully in all of us, although its a label nobody wants. I hated school, I never felt like I belonged, and I had no idea where I fit

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A letter to the first guy to break my heart: My Dad

Family stuff happens, and sometimes it hurts. This young lady wrote this letter that she will never send to her Dad, but wanted to get how she felt off her chest. Writing stuff down is a great way to get your head around how you feel, and sometimes helps a little. Dad, I have so

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Guest Post: Be yourself, everyone else is Taken! by Sophie Kane

Sophie Kane is a very promising young writer who has written for the National Women’s Council and the Journal amongst others. Here, she writes about how when you be yourself, yourself can be anything! Thanks Sophie. x In Ireland today we face so many obstacles, a homeless crisis, a woman’s right to her reproductive health ,

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10 Questions with Zoe Ashe Browne, Ballerina

So many of us girls dreamed of growing up to be a ballerina when we were tiny. For many of us, it wasn’t even about the dancing, it was purely the tutu. Little did we know that ballerina’s at the top of their game live the lives of athletes, making huge sacrifices, often far from their

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