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The ethics of fashion: How fast fashion brands perpetuate performative feminism

By Rachel McLoughlin / March 14, 2021

This past Monday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day, an event aimed at uplifting and empowering women and bringing attention to women’s rights issues. International Women’s Day has been honoured since the early 1900s, originating from the trade union movement in America, mainly centred among women’s activists working in the clothing industry in what became […]

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6 of the best foreign-language TV series to check out right now

By Rachel McLoughlin / March 11, 2021

The pandemic and the incessant lockdowns that have come along with it have meant that streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have become absolute infallible saviours of boredom for those of us cooped up in the house most of the week. One of the amazing elements of streaming services is the ability they […]

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Seachtain na Gaeilge: 4 ways to celebrate the Irish language

By Rachel McLoughlin / March 7, 2021

Seachtain na Gaeilge, the annual international festival celebrating the Irish language, is in full swing this year. Although the name translates to “Irish language week”, the festival generally runs a bit longer than its namesake, from the 1st March right up to St Patrick’s Day on the 17th March. This is often a cause for […]

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The feminine hygiene industry and what it says about society’s treatment of women

By Rachel McLoughlin / February 28, 2021

In recent years, the multi-billion-dollar feminine hygiene industry has come under much – long-overdue – scrutiny at the hands of a growing conversation surrounding women’s health. In the process, sweeping misinformation in the form of marketing tactics for unnecessary and harmful vaginal and vulvar products have been brought to light. The damaging rhetoric that comes […]

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Swapping dairy milk for plant-based alternatives: what are the benefits?

By Rachel McLoughlin / February 25, 2021

Nowadays, in a world of ever-increasing plant-based alternatives and a variety of options that vegans ten years ago could only have dreamed of, more and more consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of what they buy. Mainly owing to an increased awareness of climate issues, as well as nutritional or medical reasons, the popularity of plant-based […]

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A look back at Beyoncé’s 2016 Super Bowl performance: Why was it so important?

By Rachel McLoughlin / February 13, 2021

Last weekend marked 5 years since Beyoncé’s captivating appearance as a special guest at the 2016 NFL Super Bowl halftime show, with the performance of her latest single, “Formation,” grabbing headlines and provoking both controversy and praise in the U.S. and beyond. The controversy widely came due to her “politically charged” message, which drew attention […]

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