About the time I got glasses.

I got glasses last week, and then I cried. Don’t worry: there were no tears on the brightly-lit shop floor populated by sparkly frames and chatty salespeople. Can we just pause for a minute to marvel at the art of telling a customer, in the same breath, that the pair of glasses they have triedContinue reading “About the time I got glasses.”

Welcome

Welcome to those who were treated as invisible, or problematic, or too much, or not enough. Welcome to those who were told they couldn’t, and to those who were asked to leave. Welcome to those who were told not to show weakness, and to the boys who dared to cry. Welcome to those who hadContinue reading “Welcome”

Imago Dei

A theological reflection on Anti-Slavery Day. This Tuesday was EU Anti-Slavery Day. Modern-day slavery, often referred to as human trafficking, is the fastest growing crime in the world, affecting millions (the last official estimate was 45 million) of people. It is driven by greed for power and money and takes advantage of so many forms of humanContinue reading “Imago Dei”

The courage to plant roots

My grandpa could always be found in his garden, which was an exotic oasis full of colours and species waiting to be smelt, seen, touched. It’s no surprise, looking back, that he called each of his grandkids ‘spud’. He would spend his holidays fixing our gardens, often hopping on the plane with the thoughtful giftContinue reading “The courage to plant roots”

“Not here! Far from here.” CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION IN BRAZIL

BBC Panorama highlighted the contrast they found when researching the World Cup preparations in Brazil in this documentary two nights ago. It’s really tough watching, but it’s important. I saw the same contrast when in Rio last year: excitement and promise, financial investment, change and progress…right next to poverty, despair, exploitation, addiction and hopelessness. We stayedContinue reading ““Not here! Far from here.” CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION IN BRAZIL”

Elliot Rodger & Gender Violence

This weekend, news broke of the deaths of 7 people in Isla Vista, California. One of these was thought to have killed the other 6 with 3 weapons.  It has emerged that the person who killed 4 men on his way to and 2 women in a sorority house associated with UCSB, was Elliot Rodger. AsContinue reading “Elliot Rodger & Gender Violence”

NUTS CLOSES DOWN

Lads’ mag Nuts is set to close after seeing its sales plunge by a third since being pulled from Co-operative supermarket stores. Last year thousands of us called on shops to ‘lose the lads’ mags’ – and the Co-operative’s subsequent action is testament to what’s possible when we speak out together. This is really good news.Continue reading “NUTS CLOSES DOWN”

#internationalwomensday inspiring change

Today I get to celebrate women at 3 International Women’s Day events with work. I’m just back from the first, and I’m still processing it – it was hugely inspiring. Belfast is known for its construction of the Titanic, and in recent years has opened the Titanic Centre, which tells the story of the shipContinue reading “#internationalwomensday inspiring change”

5 minutes of violent objectification

“Turning a human being into a thing is almost always the first step toward justifying violence against that person. That step is already and constantly taken with women.” Jean Kilbourne

Irish Sun Drops Page 3

More BIG news just in: The Irish Sun has dropped Page 3. Paul Clarkson has courageously dropped the “hugely popular pillar of the Sun” and said that the publications must “strive to cater for our readers’ needs” Editor Paul Clarkson cited ‘cultural differences’ (?!) as the reason for the now significant difference between the BritishContinue reading “Irish Sun Drops Page 3”