ireland as woman

To have a movie like this, which is a really lovely film, entirely about this incredible woman and directed by Susan [Johnson], who is just an amazing director — it’s a fantastic thing. But the fact that it’s even a conversation blows my mind. That it’s not just a given that it’s just a movie about a character directed by a director, which is the way it should be. The fact that we have to qualify that is where the problem is. Women are brilliant, if not more brilliant, than men. It’s about the quality of work that’s produced as opposed to the sex of the person who produces it.
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Colin o'donoghue- Popsugar

I stan the right man

Today we resist. We stand in solidarity with the women who have lost their lives on hospital beds because doctors have refused to remove a septic foetus because it still has a heartbeat. We stand with the thousands of women who have to travel to the UK every year to have an abortion because they face a 14 year prison sentence if they have one at home. We stand together, tall, against those who do not allow us the rights to our own bodies.

With all the new information released about Tuam, we must resist now more than ever against the Catholic Church. They have the audacity to control our bodies, to forbid us our right of abortion when they have murdered over 796 infants and dumped their bodies in a septic tank.

We stand for our foremothers who were forced into the Laundries and Mother and Baby homes, who never had even the choice of travel, whose babies were ripped from their arms and never seen again.

Today we stand for women all over the country who deserve better.

Repeal.

Highlights from Ophelia.

- some man yelling “viva la Ireland” followed me a woman yelling “Richard get back inside you haven’t any clothes on.”

-lots of leaves, sticks and fences blowing around.

-a 10 year old flying her kite

-I have gained 6 (six) wheelie bins.

-me neighbours washing stayed on the line.

-no one has a shed anymore, they just fecked off.

-I ran out of tea-bags and took a walk of shame to the offy.

-someone’s roof is now in my garden.

-a car was being dragged down the road by the wind.

-me grandpa and I stood in the garden and watched his shed fly away.

-me neighbours little kid screamed bible verses out his window

Feel free to reblog and add anything you’ve done/seen

Chloe, 20, Cork, Ireland. Transgender woman. 

1. I think I was about 6 or 7 when I first understood that my gender mattered. I remember going shopping with my mom and my sister in our local toy store for babies and trying to make it as obvious as possible that we weren’t buying the dolls for ourselves, we would say loudly ‘I wonder if Chloe would like this one.’ We were afraid we would meet a child in one of our classes or meet a family friend and have to explain that we played with a toy that was by default gendered a “girls” toy. It wasn’t until my teenage years that I fully felt uncomfortable with my gender and it took me until I was 19 to fully realize that something had to change for me to feel comfortable in myself.

2-After coming out I had huge diaspora and struggled hugely leaving the house and speaking when I was out in public. There were moments where I would feel like I was doing the right thing and moments I thought I was going crazy. Gradually, over time, I started to feel the benefits of being true to myself. Everything felt natural to me, the clothes fitted my body better, my hair getting longer suited me more. I have started growing more as a person.  

5. My mother is my biggest support, she has been there through the good and the bad days. Some family members have struggled, but most are trying which is all I ask. My friends were the least phased when I came out and quickly adjusted to the new name and pronouns.

6. The biggest challenge I have faced has probably been the public scrutiny, hateful comments, misgendering, hateful videos being made of myself and my sister (she has a transgender older sister).  Living in a body that you feel doesn’t fully belong to you yet, is extremely painful, but dealing with people who think you are disgusting and sick is mentally draining.

7. I am perfectly imperfect and proud.

8. I hope someday I can have a family and be an unconditionally loving mother, just like mine has been to me.

9. We are equal members of society and deserve the same respect as anyone else.

11. What has been the hardest?

Losing family. The depression. Daily anxiety. misgendering in the workplace. The abuse.

12. I understand that my gender does not define me or who I am. I refuse to let gender roles and female/male privilege control me. We have used gender for centuries to overpower each other and use our gender as an excuse to get out of doing things that we would prefer not to do. Your gender should not be affected in the workplace, in society, in bathrooms, in relationships. Your gender is your own personal identity.

Regardless of bus strikes and the rain pouring down, an estimated 20,000 made it into Dublin for the march for choice. It is absolutely absurd that if a woman is going to die from pregnancy in this country she can not have an abortion to save her life. The government can not ignore us anymore post about this as much as you can, share this and anything related as much as you can. Together we will repeal the 8th.