Finding the Men in Feminism

On the 20th of September 2014, Emma Watson declared before the delegates of the United Nations, “Feminism by definition is: The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes”. This was said as part of her speech declaring the launch of ‘HeForShe’, a campaign to convince males to join the feminist movement because “men ought to stand up for the rights of the women of the world who are their mothers, sisters and daughters”. This fight for the rights of women has utterly changed the face of the world since it began, and these changes have been overwhelmingly positive. Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, credits this movement not only with the changes to the justice system that respect the rights of both sexes, but also with a huge decrease in violence in society. In his book, The Better Angels Of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, the feminization of society has had this effect because “Since violence is largely a male pastime, cultures that empower women tend to move away from the glorification of violence and are less likely to breed dangerous subcultures of rootless young men”. Continue reading

Legalise All Drugs: A Case For Ireland

In the 20th and 21th centuries, the governments of the world took part in a global experiment: recreational drug use was made a criminal offence in an attempt to discourage and ultimately eradicate drug use. The Drug War has failed to eradicate drug use, with global drug use rates still increasing over the past decade despite the efforts of law enforcement. The legalisation of all drugs in Ireland is proposed in this essay for the benefit of the Irish people, the Irish economy, and the addicts in our population. Three reasons given for this radical change to the criminal law system are: legalisation of drugs constitutes an economic war on drug cartels, rational drug legislation allows for health-driven policies towards individual drugs rather than a thoughtless blanket ban, and legalisation of drugs allows greater dedication of resources to scientifically-proven treatments of drug addicts. Continue reading