Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I'm Back! But Like... Whatever...

Hello friends,

I'm back blogging and I couldn't be more excited! Right now I'm getting ready for a Clueless charity screening we are having tonight in The Loft Galway...

Can you guess what film it is?

Full blog post and update tomorrow


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Show of hands, who wants cake?

So you've written an article on marriage equality, it's been proofed, signed off by the editor, it's ready to go. Now all you need is an image to go with the article. Everyone likes a nice picture. So now you have your choice, what will it be today?

One hand with a ring? Two hands with wedding rings? Two hands holding hands? Maybe you're bored of hands and rings, maybe it close to lunch, so what about cake? Rainbow cake?

Not in the mood for cake? Okay then, what about a wedding cake topper? Two brides or two grooms?

Maybe you're feeling radical and want to think outside the box? How about a rainbow flag, or a rainbow umbrella?

Perfect. Now your article is ready to be published. 

Only it's not. You are a journalist and you have just written about real human people, that have real human problems, and they are being represented by inanimate objects. 

I take issue with this because representation is important. Is it important to put a face to the people that are being written about, their stories, their hopes for equality. Representation is important. 

Below is a brief round up of some of the accompanying images to articles in The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, and
The Journal. 

The Irish Times 

The Irish Independent

The Journal 

The majority of these LGBT articles featured images of inanimate objects, but it's not always the case. The Irish Times article by Fintan O'Toole featured a father and daughter. 

There was also an Irish Times article on Joey Kavanagh, and his Get The Boat 2 Vote campaign.

The Journal also had some real life gay humans accompanying an article too.

But what about the balance you ask?

Here is the picture The Irish Times used for Breda O'Brien's Love is not enough article. 

This picture was the inspiration behind this whole post, so thank you Breda. Here we have what the No Campaign would call their 'perfect family'. A nice clean cut Mother and Father and two perfect kids. And the gay community? We get cakes. We get hands. We get rings. We get decapitated couples. 

So this is a request, to the journalists behind these brilliant articles (not you Breda) and to the picture editors, that the next time you are looking for a stock image to accompany an article, please pick a gay family. Pick two men in suits. Pick two women in beautiful dresses. Please represent us. 

Representation is important. 



So I haven't done a blog post since May, 2014. Blogging, and writing in general, is
one of those weird things that while you enjoy it, it can also become a task, and sometimes even a punishment. 

So I took a little break, which became many many months. I've started writing again because I feel like we are at a turning point in Irish life. With the upcoming Marriage Equality referendum only months away, I feel like now more than ever I need to get my voice back. I need to add my voice to this discussing. Because I have a voice. 

I am not the only person to get my voice back it seems. Over the past months I feel the Irish public has regained its voice. Whether it's people protesting Irish Water, or Trans citizen looking to be recognised, or women looking for the rights of their own bodies. They have a voice. 

We have been dormant for too long. We have had a bad case of laryngitis. And now the honey and lemon has worked, and we have our voice back. 

So this is my return to the world of blogging, I'll still be posting about my interests (fashion, design, music) but also the every day, what I see around me, what I'd like to see change. What I myself what to help change. 

I have my voice back.