The sleep-deprived dusk till dawn experience of a new mother captured in a semi-autobiographical short by Neta Cohen. to wit:
The intense sensations, both physical and mental, of becoming a mother for the first time, coupled with extreme sleep deprivation, made me feel hazy yet overly susceptible, tired yet extremely tense. I was so tuned into the slightest, most subtle movements and sounds, that I could literally feel my home surroundings waking to life around me.
Euphemisms for menstruation were common when women’s reproductive business was considered unmentionable and slightly shameful. It’s good that we’ve matured to the point of recognising the significance and importance of openly and correctly naming things for what they are.
However, something else is happening which is quite sinister. The euphemisms have moved from the word “period” to the word “woman”.
The word “woman” does not appear once in either of the Bills. It is replaced by “anyone”, “everyone” and “people”. None of the female Fianna Fáil or Labour Senators contacted seem to know why or where the word went, although it must have been deliberately excluded.
Labour’s Ivana Bacik had no difficulty referring to women and girls in 2019 when she raised the issue of period poverty in the Seanad as she used both throughout her speech.
When contacted, neither she nor any of her female Seanad colleagues answered my question – why are you deliberately excluding the word “woman”?
Women need the word women. We are a distinct biological and political class who are oppressed on the basis of our sex. Language matters. Labour and Fianna Fáil must do better.
Mother, the club night that this year hosted the biggest Pride party in Ireland and the hugely successful LGBT+ festival, Love Sensation, is moving its weekly club night residency to Dublin’s most eclectic new venue, Lost Lane [Adams Court, Off Grafton Street, Dublin 2]…..
Launching on Saturday, November 16, Mother will kick off its weekly residency at Lost Lane with Mother DJs & special guests.
Following a one-off Halloween club night on the October Bank Holiday (MOTHER presents: Lost Souls @ Lost Lane), Lost Lane is delighted to welcome Mother to the venue, joining current club night curators Nialler9, Hidden Agenda and Sally Cinnamon.