RAGE: Being a woman

You feel it too, don’t you? Is it the same for you as it is for me? A hot, acrid flame flickering raggedly somewhere beneath your solar plexus. Uncomfortable and constant. Rage borne of being raped, beaten, sold, forced to bear children, underpaid, unrepresented and unacknowledged for centuries. The rage of being a woman.

It feels like it’s coming to a head this week. Today, in fact. This morning, Dr Christine Blasey Ford will testify against Brett Kavanaugh in a bid to keep him off the US Supreme Court. And, as always, women wait with uncertainty to see just how much value white men put on our lives.

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Be Informed, but make it Efficient

Growing up, we had the 6.01pm news (because I was in Ireland and the Angelus was televised at 6pm, donchaknow). Newspapers were still common and ‘reading the news’ was a prolonged affair.

Things have changed in the last two decades. Now the hunting down and consumption of news is a minefield to say the least. Google ‘news’ and through the magic of geo-tagging, you’ll see the main story in your area … as well as 4.5bn other results.

Then there’s corporate agendas and blinkered reporting. What’s ‘hot in news’ is local and dramatised. Basically, you’re not going to hear about what’s up in Syria unless you go looking … and now you’re exhausted before you’ve even gotten out of bed.

But yet, we prevail. I’ve written a whole post on why I believe keeping up with current affairs is the responsibility of all of us. So here’s my five favourite sources for news on the daily, because being informed is sexy lads!

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