An online rally in protest of the government’s choice to seal the records of Mother and Baby homes was organised by Uplift.ie and Aitheantas.
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.
There is an extremely thin line between what is deemed as popular culture and what is seen as degrading, as is the line between creating a clever marketing idea and causing offense. The age old marketing 101 phrase “sex sells” may come to mind. This is a tool that has been widely used since the 1950’s. This was when the focus changed from featuring women as domestic goddesses and great mothers in an effort to sell products to presenting the public with a different, more independent kind of woman.
Christmas is a period of overindulgence. Santa delivers the entire Smyth’s catalogue to certain households as the adults purchase hover boards, the latest phone that makes your old one seem obsolete and the other gimmicks that you need to buy a significant other to fill the void you both feel in your everyday lives. We lament our bank balances, the household waste and the fact that most of these Christmas 2019 “must-haves” will never see the light of day again. Yet, queues upon queues of consumers flock to high street stores at ungodly hours to browse the sales.