The recent expulsion of the Tampax advertisement from Irish television has triggered a wave of national debate surrounding the stigmatised, euphemised natural occurrence that is periods.
The idea of female nudity instead became associated with sin and shame, a one-way, non-refundable ticket out of The Garden of Eden. It may be acceptable for Adam and Eve to be depicted as naked in the Story of Creation but the taboos of nudity and partial nudity are topics that still create controversy in the 21st century world of Instagram.
Scientology was invented by L. Ron Hubbard in 1952 and according to The Church of Scientology’s official Irish website, it is “ a religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature and one’s relationship to self, family, groups, Mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the supreme being.”
If you are new to the vlogging game, a simple smartphone would suffice for the more basic elements of vlogging. But if you are planning on taking things a little more serious, without the proper gear, it is difficult to provide the quality of video that people have come to expect from serious vlogging.
So when my mother said she wanted to book a trip to Transylvania in Romania for the Halloween break last Autumn I was intrigued to say the least. On some level I knew Transylvania was a real place but it’s not something I’d ever really thought much into. My knowledge of the place was synonymous with Transylvania stereotypes – spooky castles, graveyards, vampires and bats flying around, you know the ones.
Chronic disabilities and illnesses hold an emotional weight that only those who have come into direct contact with these conditions can understand. While many have made note of the effects which these conditions have on the lives of the people surrounding the affected individual, it can not be understated that the life of the sufferer is still the life most deeply affected.