Feminsim and Sex Work: questions of choice, labour rights, and legislative models.

‘Red light districts’ are dotted across every major city of the Netherlands, only the most famous being Amsterdam’s De Wallen, the city’s oldest and most central area.  About this time last year, I wandered through it for the first time. The candescent 16th century architecture remains intact – Golden Age structures of red brick, tall windows and pointed roofs line a shallow, murky canal.  Beautiful … Continue reading Feminsim and Sex Work: questions of choice, labour rights, and legislative models.

Begotten Not Made: Interview With Conal Creedon

Conal Creedon’s latest novel unfolds a tale of a cleric’s unrequited love for a nun – although they only met once, in 1970, on the night that Dana won the Eurovision. Earlier this month, I sat down with someone who I feel lucky to regard as a truly inspiring literary presence in our humble city, and more than just that – he’s a good friend, … Continue reading Begotten Not Made: Interview With Conal Creedon

Let’s Talk About Sex: A Critique of Sex-Positive Feminism

Laura Fleming offers a timely critique of the sex-positive movement. Anyone who knows me well (or at least well enough to have gotten drunk with me on more than one occasion) will know that I love talking about sex. Give me a few glasses of wine and a brief mentioning of the mediocre sex you had last week, and it’s almost guaranteed that within thirty … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Sex: A Critique of Sex-Positive Feminism

Eur-joking, right?

Cillian Lyne details what he sees as the lunacy of the Irexit Freedom Party I’ve always been fascinated with the tormented genius archetype: a detective with powers of perception so grand that even the largest of mysteries seem… elementary. Or, a doctor who treats patients as puzzles, while perhaps his biggest puzzle is the workings of his own mind. A scientist who traded his humanity … Continue reading Eur-joking, right?

Beyond the Watchtower: An insight into East Germany’s secret police

Columnist Lara McMahon recalls a trip to one of East Germany’s most brutal fromer- prisons and details the dark history of its oppressive regimes. I got lost on my way to Höhenschönhausen; the East German secret police’s main prison complex. In the unbearable heat of a July afternoon, I found myself walking aimlessly in circles around this barren part of old East Berlin. I looked … Continue reading Beyond the Watchtower: An insight into East Germany’s secret police