Entries by Mary McGill

New Year, New You? No Thanks

(1) Comments | Posted 7 January 2015 | (23:00)

So this is January and what have you done? I don't know about you but I feel as stuffed and lumpen as Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve. Listening closely I can actually hear my liver weeping, scratching around my abdomen like a depressive field mouse in the vain hope of...

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Objectifying Women: Why Cameron Diaz Is Wrong

(3) Comments | Posted 21 November 2012 | (23:00)

I'd like to begin this piece with something of a caveat: I have always liked Cameron Diaz. From her interviews and performances, she comes across as warm, smart and aware of her own worth, while also having the ability to laugh at herself, which is a perilous tightrope to walk...

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Baby Wars: Should You Apologise for Not Wanting Children?

(95) Comments | Posted 2 November 2012 | (23:00)

During a recent panel discussion on an Irish television show, I spoke about not wanting children. The views of my fellow talking heads were mixed - one had just revealed she was expecting her first child - but almost all of them shared similar views and those who didn't were...

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Alexa Chung and Body Snarking: Why Our Addiction to Critiquing Women's Bodies Must Stop

(12) Comments | Posted 3 May 2012 | (00:00)

It is hard to believe that a single photograph can cause such a commotion but when 'It Girl' Alexa Chung posted an innocent looking Instagram picture of herself and her mum, internet warriors suddenly rose up, foaming at the mouth with indignation, decrying what they saw as Chung's excessive thinness...

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Samantha Brick and the Comparison Trap: Why the Media Just Loves to Pit Women Against Each Other

(1) Comments | Posted 3 April 2012 | (14:46)

It is a tough time for Planet Media. Ever decreasing advertising revenue means dwindling budgets while the demand for content rapidly grows, thanks to the Internet and twenty four hour programming. The cult of celebrity goes someway to fill all that air time and those column inches but it isn't...

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Rihanna & Chris Brown: Why Make Music Together?

(12) Comments | Posted 22 February 2012 | (00:38)

In the recently leaked remix of Rihanna's Birthday Cake - a song lurid enough to make Prince blush - Chris Brown, her former boyfriend, the man who turned her face into a bloodied mess while threatening to kill her, sings lyrics so explicit they make for deeply uncomfortable listening.

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Valentine's Day: Why There's Nothing Romantic About It

(1) Comments | Posted 13 February 2012 | (23:00)

Have your overpriced roses and cheap bubbly at the ready everyone, for once again the Saint Valentine's Day onslaught is upon us; when couples across the world are called upon to demonstrate their affections by spending cash they don't on have on gifts that 24 hours later are as meaningful...

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Miley Cyrus and Cake Gate: Why We Can't Blame Child Stars for Growing Up

(8) Comments | Posted 29 January 2012 | (23:00)

I do hope you're sitting down for this one, ladies and gentlemen, for it has come to pass once again: another child star is daring to grow up. Miley Cyrus aka Hannah Montana - she of the chipmunk cheeks and chirpy one-liners - is now fast approaching her twenties and...

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Skinny Versus Curvy: Why Women Can Never Win

(18) Comments | Posted 19 January 2012 | (23:00)

Ladies: it's time to put down those sparkly shoes and pick up your shields, for the battle of the body types rages on and you've simply got to choose a size, sorry, side. No, no - no dithering. You're either one or the other and before you starting rambling on...

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Do You Suffer From Celebrity Fatigue Syndrome (C.F.S.)?

(5) Comments | Posted 9 January 2012 | (23:00)

Blame Celebrity Big Brother. Blame super babies with odd names and celebrity chefs getting caught in compromising positions. Blame the post-Christmas fug as more and more innocent people of normal intelligence fall victim to a very mysterious ailment. Some claim it is a direct result of the star saturated world...

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Ban Celebrity Marriages - Ridiculous Thinking or a Damn Good Idea?

(6) Comments | Posted 3 January 2012 | (23:00)

How does the idea of banning celebrity marriages strike you? Too harsh perhaps - or a necessary evil to protect an institution that is supposed to bind people together for life as opposed to oh, about 16 days?

Over Christmas, Sinead O'Connor of the beautiful voice and bizarre behaviour...

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