This and That

Scarleteen needs your help

Apr 18th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

The sex education that my generation received in school, while a lot better than my parents’ generation, still left some pretty big gaps. Even now, it’s safe to assume a majority of teenagers aren’t given enough of the facts about sex and relationships in school; and that’s just thinking about Ireland, where fortunately abstinence-only education hasn’t been brought in the way that it has been elsewhere.

Against feminist orthodoxy: why sex positivity is sex critical

Apr 16th, 2014 | By | Category: Sex Talk, This and That

After the many fragmentations and horrid situations that happened due to the so-called sex wars of the 1980s, the internet has made it so many of us share spaces again. Nowadays, we are more likely to see it phrased as ‘sex positive’ feminism versus ‘sex negative/critical’ feminism.

Rainbow Crosswalks for WorldPride

Apr 11th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

WorldPride 2014 will no doubt be a wonderful occasion that host city Toronto will be proud of. It seems they are pulling out all the stops to make LGBTQ’s feel welcome.

Dingle: Home to friendly dolphins and lesbian penguins

Apr 10th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

Penguins are regularly cited as evidence of homosexuality or bisexuality present in the ‘natural world’ (which humans aren’t part of?) and you may even be familiar with some more famous couplings such as Silo and Roy, two chinstrap penguins in New York.

Review: The Yawhg or Co-Operative Gaming FTW

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Books, This and That

I found a review there for a new independent game that had just been released, The Yawhg. I’m hooked.

What not to ask

Apr 1st, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

Persons who are transgender seem to always be the recipient of unwarranted questions and conversations. It is my belief that the lack of training or discussion in workplaces, in communities and in churches has left many persons (cis) wondering about the transgender community and those who have transitioned.


Mar 31st, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

Dating isn’t easy and finding someone to date is no joke either – trust me. the UK lesbian/bi women dating site Dattch has launched in the US, lets hope we get a version in Ireland soon

“Bi the way, our health matters too!” – Bisexual Health Awareness Month

Mar 21st, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

The oldest bi-focused, national organisation in the United States is the Bisexual Resource Centre in Boston, and they have declared March to be Bisexual Health Awareness Month.

A Place to Call Our Own

Mar 10th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

Two weeks ago, I came across something that sparked my attention whilst travelling through the interwebsz, posted by Tumblr blogger straightallies.

You can walk, jog, or run … but will you Stand Up!?

Mar 8th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

Join Team BeLonG To for the 2014 FWMM this June Bank Holiday.

Breastity Belt

Mar 7th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

I want to talk about a subject that is, very literally, close to my heart. My name is Esmé and I’ve been wearing bras for about 7 or 8 years now. This means that I’ve put on and taken off my own bra upwards of 2000 times, plus other people’s a good few more.


Mar 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

Man and men are at the centre of the English language. Can we change it? Of course we can! Toodlepip is leading the way.

Fall in Love with Love

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

With the recent flurry of romance on Valentine’s Day I couldn’t help but wonder why every day can’t be just as full of love. Suddenly I had “I wish it could be Valentine’s every day” running through my mind with an idea that even Cupid would be proud of!

RTÉ’s Cosmo joins forces with Gay Star News

Feb 26th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

RTÉ have been in the LGBT spotlight for all of the wrong reasons recently but now they are catching our attention in a totally different way with the launch of a new podcast for audiences in Ireland, the UK and much further afield.The Cosmo on RTÉ Pulse has teamed up with LGBTI news site Gay Star News to present a show which will feature LGBT news, interviews and discussions.

Wedding dross

Feb 24th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

“Congratulations! I’m So happy for you! Which one of you will wear the dress?” those cringe-worthy words many butches will be met with upon announcing their engagement.

Mattel defend Barbie

Feb 20th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

The debate about Barbie’s influence on children’s body image is one that goes back years, but the most recent argument in favour of the doll seems like one of the weakest ones yet; Kim Culmone, vice president of design for Barbie at Mattel, has stated that the proportions of the doll’s body are the way they are to make her easier to dress.

New options available to women ‘alone with salad’

Feb 19th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

If the title of this post puzzled you, it’s possible you haven’t been treated to The Hairpin’s famous Women Laughing Alone With Salad post from 2011. Others in the genre include Women Struggling To Drink Water (also The Hairpin) and Ladies Lounging (Uncomfortably) With Laptops.

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