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10 struggles of being a feminist in Ireland

*deep sigh*

1. Having to put up with men who ask you if you’re one of those feminists in a suspicious tone

Yes, I am one of “those” feminists. Everyone’s a feminist. Even bloody Taylor Swift says she’s a feminist. Get with the times here.

2. And having to listen to jokes about burning bras and hating men

Ha, ha, ha. Never heard that one before.

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3. Answering questions from lads in pubs who say things like, “I’m not a feminist because I don’t believe women are better than men. What do you say to that, huh?”

I just want to enjoy my gin and tonic! Stop asking me to do your homework for you.


4. Regularly seeing headlines like this and being like, “Ah hun, no”

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5. Enduring mansplaining about why that wildly offensive thing actually isn’t that offensive and you’re just being sensitive.

“God, you can’t say anything anymore.”

Correction: you can’t say wildly sexist, misogynistic, racist, xenophobic, homophobic or transphobic things anymore.

6. Having to cope with the knowledge that only 22% of elected TDs are women

That’s a whole lot of men making decisions for women, huh?

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7. *Still* having to fight for free, safe and legal abortion in 2017.

So many marches, so many badges, so many sweatshirts… and yet nothing.


8. When people bring up that one Diet Coke ad to prove that men are also objectified

“Objectification is a two-way street – ever hear of a film called Magic Mike?”

Ever hear of every other movie ever made?

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When male models are required to stuff potato peels into their jocks in honour of National Potato Day, then you can talk to us about objectification going both ways.

9. The knowledge that there are loads of lads who think like this


10. The fact that the constitution literally says we better not neglect our “duties in the home”

*screams into pillow*


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