Fortnightly Fiction | Wildflower

Wildflower by Mia Doring She marched through the park on her way home from the train station in the orange Nike runners she wore for commuting, her office shoes tucked side by side under her desk. The park was really just a gravel path…

We Need To Talk About Porn

We need to talk about porn. We need to have a huge, comprehensive, massive undertaking of a conversation on the complex, contentious, divisive thing that is porn. What is not needed is relegating porn to something between children and their…

Count The One Shade of Black in Rape

Dear Niamh, I am not one for writing open letters to journalists but here I am in reference to your piece “Count the shades of grey between seduction and violation.” 1. First, make sure you know the definitions of what you are talking…

A Gateway Mindfulness Exercise

When I was doing therapist training in the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, we looked at a number of thought intervention exercises to experiment with when an unhelpful thought is anchoring you in a place of self loathing, or self criticism or…

How Many Basic Needs Do We Have?

Do you ever think about what you really need to be fully the person you are, and to what extent you need those things? The things you need to be in place in order to be you, all of you, fully you. I need my dog and my friends and my work.…

A Brief History of being on The Other Side

I am 12 years old buying sweets in the local newsagent with my two friends. A man, older, maybe 50, in the queue behind us grazes his hand off my back and leaves it there with gentle pressure. Like it's an accident but too certain of itself…