How about a little bit of sex ed?

You can learn how to do anything on Youtube; play guitar, change a tyre, create a spreadsheet. But did you know that if you follow the right people (Hard to find, lots of weirdos) you can get all the sex ed you need too? If you’re a girl, Hannah Witton is your friend. She will

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20 Questions with Blythe Baird

Recently, Megan wrote and article introducing us all to Blythe Baird,  a 20 year old actress, author and poet who speaks a lot about the reality of life for young women. This girl is totally relatable and her words tell all of our stories. Here she is reciting her poem “Pocket Sized Feminism” which was ranked the #1

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Welcome our new expert…

This is Anna. She is our new sexual health, sexuality and relationship expert. Holding a Masters from DCU in Sexuality Studies, Anna has delivered sex education programmes to young people all over Ireland, and for some reason always has a banana with her…. If you have any questions, please send them on, this woman is

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WHY DO I HATE PHOTOS OF MYSELF? (The Science)

Okay so you’re all dolled up to go out, you look pretty good. You take a few selfies, you’re happy with the 7th one. You post it, you get likes. The next morning you wake to see that you’ve been tagged in a few pics from the night before. You recoil in horror and get to

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Be Addicted: By Ash

Ash is currently sitting her leaving cert, poor love. She wrote this piece a few weeks ago. Enjoy. Recently I discovered I am an addict. Whether it’s being addicted to smoking or routine I am an addict. I enjoy repetitiveness. It really only occurred to me recently after I saw the new trainspotting. No everyone

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Celebrate your Thunder Thighs

Its getting hot out there, which means its around that time when those of us with an inch to pinch usually feel obliged to cover up our jiggly bits and sweat rather than offend anyone with our wobbles. Well no more. Miss Eaves has released a song called “Thunder Thighs” in which she says we need

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Why can’t we talk about periods???

Oh.. are we not supposed to go there? Would you prefer we hadn’t brought it up? Aunt Flo, shark week, red ribbon, things, yolks, crimson wave, time of the month, women’s trouble, flowers, the painters. Here is a helpful list of about 1,000 alternative words you can use. Because its a well known fact that if

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Why you should know Blythe Baird: By Megan

I recently bought a book entitled ‘Give Me a God I Can Relate To’, it is a poetry book by an amazing woman named Blythe Baird. I know most young people are turned off by the mere mention of the word “poetry”, but Blythe is a woman who would change most girls’ perception of the

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Helen Mirren’s “Top 5 Rules for a Happy Life”

Earlier this week we shared Ellen’s brilliant commencement speech from Tulane University, New Orleans. This week, Helen Mirren, another girl crush (we have many), shared her funny but wise wisdom with the grads. First up, Helen shared her”Helen’s Top 5 Rules for a Happy Life”…. Rule number one: Don’t need to rush to get married. I

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France Passes Model Health Law

A law has been passed in France which bans the use of unhealthily thin models. Fashion agencies that are discovered using models with a BMI under 18, which is approximately 121 pounds for a 5 ft., 7 in. model, could face up to six months of jail time and a fine of €75,000. Models will need

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Guest Post: A Reflection on Perfection

Earlier this week we shared our thoughts on the word ‘perfect’ and how harmful it can be. This post inspired Ellen to think about her journey with her own body, and she kindly shared them with us…. I was born on August 29th 2000, two weeks overdue. As the anticipation of me being the first

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Video: A letter to my Pre-transition Self

Jamie Raines realised at a very young age that he should not have been born into a female body, and at age 17 began transitioning socially from female to male, with the support of his family. Now aged 21, he says he has never been happier. Jamie started taking testosterone at 18, and had a

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Ask the Doc: Oh Heyyyyyyyyy Fever

As some of you know, we have the lovely Dr. Sharon on board here at The Shona Project. We keep her in the top drawer of our filing cabinet, and let her out when we have questions. This week, as we’re all sneezing, we asked her to tell us how to deal with HEEEYYYYY fever. Here’s

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Why you should be obsessed with Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez is the Golden Globe winning start of “Jane the Virgin”. Awesome show, bit bonkers but sure lookit, we love bonkers. But Gina is way more than that. Herself and her sister Ivelisse were the first in her family to get a college education, and because of that she is passionate about promoting others

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This Anorexia Survivor shares a letter to her body

Most of us girls have a negative opinion of our bodies. Many of us admit that we are fighting a constant battle to keep up with the unrealistic expectations that society puts on us to be perfect. Our culture views our bodies as ornaments and not amazing wonders of nature to be used as tools to run, dance,

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Does this girl look Irish enough for you?

Una Kavanagh has an Irish passport and an Irish Birth Cert, she grew up in Kerry, speaks Irish and probably likes Barrys tea, Tayto’s and Amy Huberman (We need to verify this, but what Irish person doesn’t?) However, Una is constantly being told that she isn’t Irish enough, and having to defend her right to call

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Guest Post: Why what I wear doesn’t mean I’m ‘Asking for it’.

Ellen Sheehan is a transition year student in Eureka Secondary School, in Kells County Meath, Ireland. She wrote this piece on her blog about how people react to the clothes we wear. Please follow Ella’s blog at https://unspokenbutdefinitelyfelt.wordpress.com/ I had and always will be the girl, who thrives off the idea of beauty. Who loves the

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