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Laura Larkin

Freelance Journalist

Location icon Ireland

Freelance journalist interested primarily in print and online journalism.
Sexual health columnist campus.ie.
Areas of interest include gender issues, pop culture and media criticism.
Reading journalism at Dublin Institute of Technology.
Twitter: @lauralarkin_

Portfolio
Thejournal
03/27/2014
Column: Abortion is too important an issue for disrespectful debate

CRASS VERBAL INSULTS, precision food missiles and mean-spirited Facebooking sound like the hallmarks of particularly belligerent school yard bullying. They are, however, the manifestation of a ubiquitous tension between campaigners on opposing sides of the abortion debate.

Thejournal
03/27/2014
Column: Cut the 'fat talk' in front of kids

JANUARY IS A month choked with chatter about dieting and detox. Weight loss resolutions dominate conversations as the new year comes into its own and it is worthwhile to consider where these words might, in fact, have the greatest impact. Last year, my pseudo-little-sister informed me that she would never be pretty because she was "fat".

Campus
RTÉ's guide to interviewing Pussy Riot

It's hard to bag a European-exclusive interview with two members of a punk protest collective - it is a big deal and the stakes are high. The following 10 cardinal rules will see you right though and ensure that you do Ireland proud. 1 .Don't bother your political correspondents with such a hassle.

Campus
Under lock and key: Anti-rape underwear

By Laura Larkin , Sexual health columnist - Tuesday 19th November, 15:08 An American company has rocked the internet recently with their fundraising efforts on the crowd-funding website Indiegogo. The company's ground-breaking product? Anti-rape underwear. Not for rapists mind, but for women. Feeling unsafe while you go clubbing, travelling, running or generally living your life?

Campus
Controversial DIT play banned from women's prison

By Laura Larkin , Sexual health columnist - Tuesday 8th April, 11:15 Final year DIT student Joleen O'Brien is courting both critical acclaim and controversy in equal measure with her final year production "Any Summers." The play, sponsored by Dublin City Council, is based on six women from diverse backgrounds who attend an Ann Summers party.

Campus
DIT student's photography project leads to local election bid

By Laura Larkin , Sexual health columnist - Monday 14th April, 08:01 DIT student Jenna Keane has launched a campaign for the Waterford local elections, not on the back of a deep seated affinity with politics, but because of a college project and a desire to put her city back on the map.

Campus
NWCI puts 6 important questions to local and EP election candidates

As the May 23 local and European elections draw nearer, the National Woman's Council of Ireland (NWCI) has formulated six key questions to tease out the ways in which potential candidates are committed to promoting gender equality in political arenas and across all aspects of Irish life.

Campus
Student shares her abortion story

"I will never understand why I had to pack my bags and leave Ireland so I could access the medical care I needed. It is truly demeaning and I will never forget it," says the second woman to challenge the Irish position on abortion at the UN.

Campus
We need to talk about the

By Laura Larkin , Sexual health columnist - Wednesday 12th March, 15:14 "He who enters the friend-zone....rarely gets blown." So says the LADbible - because the LADbible is obsessed with the friend-zone. The friend-zone is portrayed as a type of sexual limbo where no amount of good deeds will lead to sex.

Campus
How to stop your man cheating? Give me a break

By Laura Larkin , Sexual health columnist - Friday 14th March, 13:08 College Times puts out a lot of crazy stuff, some of it immensely amusing, some of it downright scary. This week they found some ridiculous advice on Wikihow describing the best way to stop a man cheating on you.

Campus
The 'First Kiss' video is not as cute as you might think

You may be able to see it on any given night in Coppers but stripping away the alcohol, disorienting lighting and the terrible music, watching strangers kiss becomes something quite different. Tatia Pilivea, a filmmaker based in LA, gathered 20 strangers and asked them to kiss on camera just minutes after meeting.

Campus
Gardaí called to NUIG over same-sex marriage row

By Laura Larkin , Sexual health columnist - Thursday 13th March, 10:05 Gardaí were called to the NUIG campus yesterday as disputes between gay marriage campaigners escalated. The students of NUIG are set to vote tomorrow to decide if they want their union to take an official stance on marriage equality.

Yfactor
Sluts!

The Y Factor is a National Women's Council of Ireland youth project aimed at building a sustainable movement for equality among young women and young men.

Yfactor
01/22/2014
Women's Mental Health with The Antiroom

Blog Last week as part of First Fortnight, an arts festival designed to challenge prejudice around mental health, Dubin based journalists The Antiroom led a discussion panel about the depiction of female mental illness in the media and popular culture.

Campus
5 tiresome questions about girl-on-girl sex

How forthright are you about your sex life? How many times a week do you go into the mechanical details about who puts what where when you take it between the sheets? Lets face it, as a country we are not known for our frankness about the sex.

Campus
New campaign seeks wider access to emergency contraception

By Laura Larkin , Sexual health columnist - Friday 18th October, 09:56 Re(al) Productive Health is a new campaign that aims to promote greater access to emergency contraception for women in Ireland. Co-founder of Real Productive Health Fiona Dunkin said that the broad aim of the campaign was to "create and consolidate" resources for women in Ireland.

Campus
Y=S: promoting healthy attitudes to consensual sex

By Laura Larkin , Sexual health columnist - Thursday 17th October, 14:36 The Yes Equals Sex (Y=S) campaign is a positive media campaign designed to promote healthy attitudes around consensual sex. The poster campaign aims to start a national conversation around positive consent and sex.

Campus
7 weird and wonderful condom apps

Make sure you protect yourself with these seven handy apps. iCondom This app allows you to locate the nearest place to your current location to find condoms. It also invites users to input information such as price and opening hours. Beware of people selling condoms from their house at 50c a pop.

Campus
6 steps to more female politicians

By Laura Larkin , Sexual health columnist - Thursday 6th March, 12:01 Women deserve and need to be at the political table according to a new report published by the National Women's Council of Ireland. Participation by women in national government is dismal and the numbers show no signs of an imminent improvement.

Campus
The morning after - play nice

One night stands can be one of the most fun parts of college should you choose to partake but morning after horror stories can be enough to propel you towards a vow of chastity. It's all very unnecessary because who wants their one-night-only partner to remember the experience and shudder?

Campus
Don't give the gift of STIs this XXXmas

By Laura Larkin , Sexual health columnist - Monday 25th November, 16:23 Topping the list of the worst Christmas present you can give someone, just ahead of socks, is a sexually transmitted infection. STIs are becoming increasingly common in Ireland but many people remain uninformed about them.

Campus
Laura Larkin

Sex scenes in movies are hardly the most accurate portrayal of what goes down in the bedroom. This is evident because the woman involved always manages to have perfectly coiffed hair before, during and after. In real life your hair pretty much ties itself in knots the minute you decide to have sex.

Campus
Lessons from a serial drop-out

"Walking on the crest is considered bad luck and you'll never graduate if you do," a fellow fresher muttered. "That's just so they don't have to clean it," I said, rolling my eyes. I wasn't even slightly superstitious. I had already walked across the crest numerous times in my first few weeks in UCC.

Campus
9 XXXmas gift ideas

By Laura Larkin , Sexual health columnist - Monday 18th November, 18:40 'Tis the season to be...sexy. In the spirit of giving, below is a list of stocking fillers that will help you, eh, get your jollies this holiday season. Fifty Shades of Grey made these the must have sex toy last year.

Campus
UCD SU supports pro-choice policy

A referendum took place in Bellfield last week to decide what position, if any, the union should take regarding abortion in Ireland. Student voters chose a pro-choice policy which supports a woman's right to elective abortion. UCD SU officials will decide later this week how it will proceed both on-campus and off at its first council.