‘Little Big Lies’, My Thoughts: By Libby

I don’t know about you guys but I’ve recently gotten hooked on the show Big Little Lies, which follows the lives of seemingly perfect mothers and their families. I really wanted to write about this show for The Shona Project because I think there’s so many messages that we, as girls, can take from it.

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Therapy…what you need to know: By Niamh

Having recently attended my first personal therapy session, I wanted to share with all you lovely ladies and let anyone know who is struggling that it’s ok not to be ok (cliché) and that reaching out for help is really brave! This post isn’t going to be about me and my first therapy session. It’s

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PRIDE WEEK 🌈🌈🌈 Are You What You Wear? By Katie

Clothes. We use clothes to express ourselves. There is also reason to believe that what we wear and, whether or not we feel comfortable in what we wear contributes to our overall mood, expression and mental health. Scientists call this phenomenon ‘enclothed cognition’. On average, it takes someone about 7 seconds to form an impression

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PRIDE WEEK 🌈: 8 Shows with kickass Queer Lady Representation

Admittedly, I’m not much of a TV lover, it’s a lot of commitment, I’m impatient and would much prefer to watch ten films rather than a TV series. But alas, TV in the last few years has had some quality representation of the WLW variety. Here are some of my top picks: Supergirl (CW/DC Comics:

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PRIDE WEEK 🌈: A chat through transition with Alexandra Day

A large part of the LGBTQ* community but one that is often silenced is the ever-growing transgender community, or trans for short. Trans people often face more oppression that other members of the community with threats of sexual assault and physical violence looming over the very existence of these people. The often unaccepting social atmosphere

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PRIDE WEEK 🌈: What does being non-binary feel like?

Sometimes it’s like being invisible. Watching as eyes pass over you, or even stare through you, without ever focusing properly. Brushing your fingers over the spines of books that have magic and dragons but no one who feels like you. Scrolling through Netflix with much the same result. Filling out forms with two options: MALE

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PRIDE WEEK 🌈: Top 10 Films for Queer Ladies

Pride is this weekend, and we have been taken over by Alana for this week, who will providing us with education and inspiration from the LGBT+ community. As we know, representation is important, so today she shares her top 10 movies for LGBT ladies x Closets are lonely places with lots of dark corners that

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Hey, Its okay to be fragile: By Megan

  I’m not gonna lie, I’m kinda glad May is over. Not because it is now officially summer, exams are over and the weather’s getting better. But because May was Mental Health Awareness Month. Me saying this sounds quite hypocritical; I like to spread awareness on mental health issues and have done so for the

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I Survived The Leaving Cert! By Katie

Since 12:30 on Thursday 13th June, the birds started singing and the sun began to shine once again for me. My very last leaving cert exam had finished (I hope!). As I walked out of the school doors one last time, I felt an immense weight being lifted from my shoulders. I consider myself quite

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Lesbian Is My Label, Not My Box: By Isobel

Burst down these closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight – Harvey Milk  Ladies, gents and non-binary friends, welcome to the gayest article you may ever read. It is pride month, and as such I am currently basking in the rainbow-hued light that June seems to emit. My name is Isobel Tiernan, I am sixteen

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What’s a ‘Normal’ Family Anyway?

If you follow us on Instagram (and why wouldn’t you?) you’ll know that we’ve been having serious chats over there lately about what “Normal” families look like, and hearing stories from readers whose family dynamic has changed over the years, or who don’t have the traditional “Mom and Dad” set up. Human science describes a

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YouTuber Keelin Moncreiff On Family Breakups

It was around Christmas time, my siblings and I were sitting at my kitchen table having your average Irish fry-up provided by Mum, who was 3 feet away in the kitchen cleaning up. My 11 or 12 year old little sister had naively asked if dad would be joining us on our summer holidays the next

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When Music Send The Wrong Message: By Daisy

The music industry is a complex, diverse place. Women in the music industry are often seen as strong, as powerful, and as just plain badass. But recently, I’ve seen a new wave of music and songs by female artists that glorify and glamorise abusive relationships. These songs paint these women as submissive, and as powerless.

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Ramadan: An Insiders POV: By Eiman

From the 6th of May to the 3rd of June this year, Muslims around the globe are supposedly starving themselves for 30 days straight in the name of Allah (God). I can without a shadow of a doubt, debunk this rumour. We don’t starve ourselves; we fast from sunrise to sunset for 30 days straight.

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Look How Far I’ve Come: By Libby

Dear Reader, I don’t care who you are. For all I know, you’re a 44 year old man trying to figure out what’s going on in his daughter’s head. Or perhaps you’ve finished your exams and you’re anxious about your results. As I said before, I don’t care. Because that’s not what’s important. What’s important,

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Working Girls! Joanne Devaney, Sheep Shearer 🐑

21 Year Old Joanne Devaney from beautiful Sligo  spends most of her time with her furry friends, turning them into less-furry friends. Joanne is a sheep shearer, and has been known to provide up to 200 haircuts on a given day. Growing up in the shadow of Benbulben mountain, Joanne has spent her entire life

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Diet Culture can go and Suck It: By Megan

Skinny teas, appetite suppressant lollipops, protein shakes, zero calorie noodles… aka money making strategies of corporations who benefit off our insecurities. It needs to stop. It saddens me to hear people talk about diets. I’m not shaming people who do, but I think they should be made aware about what it is they’re actually talking

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Nailing No Makeup May: By Naoishe

You alone are enough:  Maya Angelou Last week I began the No make-up in May challenge in support of a campaign started by Sze Sze Yuan from the ‘Who Is Olivia Foundation’ https://whoisolivia.org/ to fight back against the unrealistic standards set by the beauty industry for women.  Most of us girls like to wear make up

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