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Miley Cyrus & Sinead O’Connor – Sexism in the Music Industry in the Spotlight

The question of the objectification of women and the profiteering from their sexuality by the media and entertainment industry has garnered quite a lot of attention in response to the publishing of an open letter from Sinead O’Connor to the young American singer Miley Cyrus. In the letter she expresses her concern at the exploitation and the manipulation of Miley by the puppeteers pulling the strings behind the scenes, and the negative effect that it will have on her as well as on young women in general. Correctly O’Connor points out the ruthlessness of the …

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Repeal the Eighth Amendment

Savita Protest Picture

This Saturday will see the second annual March for Choice. Mass mobilisation is crucial to ensure the government’s attempt to wash its hands of the abortion issue, following the passing of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, will not be tolerated and, in particular, that the betrayal of the Labour Party in its support of a bill that criminalises women and ignored the issues of foetal abnormalities, rape, incest and inevitable miscarriages will not be overlooked. Their cowardly attempt to draw a line under the issue was made clear by Minister Pat Rabbite when he …

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No more “slut-shaming” & sexism

The only way the horrific so-called “slut-shaming” that the young woman at the centre of the #Slanegirl incident can be understood, is as a product of the proliferation of sexist objectification of women and the commodification of women’s bodies pushed by corporations and the mass media in the recent period. In the light of the warped and sometimes hateful portrayal of women and women’s sexuality that capitalism has promoted in various guises throughout its history. This young person was the victim of nothing less than vile sexist abuse and bullying on social media sites, and …

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A socialist perspective on the sex industry & prostitution

With governments North and South considering changing the laws relating to prostitution, Laura Fitzgerald makes a contribution to the debate surrounding the sex industry and gives her views on what approach socialists should take to it The sex industry represents one of the biggest growing legal and illegal industries in the world. Prostitution, as well as the sex industry as a whole, must be considered in the light of the reality of gender and class oppression and inequality under capitalism as it exists. The majority of those who sell sex are female, and the vast …

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Wexford Women’s Refuge must remain open

Wexford Women's Refuge Protest

The refuge offers vital services to one of the most vulnerable sections in our society, women and children who have been victims of abuse and violence in the home. Yet, the residents were told they will have to leave as the refuge will be closing from the 1st September and for 3 months, with vague and uncertain plans to re-open in the winter. ROSA activist Eleni Vetsika said “Women who have had to run away from home under horrific circumstances, who have had to hide to protect themselves and their children are becoming victims once …

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