Director, UCD Gender Studies; Historian - gendered & sexual violence in war, sexualities, gender / queer histories /Kerrywoman / she-her /feminist /views my own

Dublin, via North Kerry
Joined March 2013
1/ As promised, I will showcase some of my research on the Irish female revolutionary same-sex couples. First, it's Elizabeth O’Farrell and Julia Grenan, who are often described as ‘lifelong friends’. below, left Elizabeth, right Julia #Pride2022 #pridemonth2022 #irishwmnhist
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The 1st woman to receive a doctorate in science & 1st woman elected to the senate of the University of London, Dubliner Sophie Bryant was one of the earliest women cyclists & climbed the Matterhorn twice. She died in a climbing accident #OTD 1922.dib.ie/biography/bryant-soph… #DIBLives
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As a non-binary historian of medieval women my real take on non-binary Joan of Arc is that literally any time we prescribe a gender label to someone in the past we are making an assumption that is muddied by modern conceptions of the gender binary.
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1/ Sigh, all the furore about the nb Joan of Arc at the @The_Globe - I’m a big JofA fan, have even been in Rouen to visit the site where she was burnt alive. Feminists, literary scholars, historians LGBT artists/writers have been questioning, creating, playing with her sexuality
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2/ & identity for a long time, but now that the terfs/GCs have discovered her and this it becomes yet another ridiculous hill they are prepared to take a silly, petty stand on! artists/activists inscribe all sorts or meanings and identities on historical figures @The_Globe’s Joan
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3/ is no different. Some have written her as queer (Milk Presents theatre company did a gender queer Joan in 2016),some as transgender (Leslie Feinberg for eg) Another eg, this article (2009) came out & was there a peep … no! glreview.org/article/article… I hope to see Joan @The_Globe
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4/ Markievicz performed as Joan and Maud Gonne was known as Ireland’s Joan of Arc. Neither woman was seen as a role model for proper Irish womanhood - like all militant women Markievicz was seen as an unwomanly extremist/killer & Maud was called Maud Gone Mad by her detractors!
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A divisive article which punches down on a vulnerable minority. Seeing women’s rights & trans rights as separate echoes past demands to separate out women’s rights & lesbian rights - to the detriment of queer women. #TransRightsAreHumanRights #TransWomenAreWomen
Column: "We know that trans people are particularly vulnerable. We must do all we can to protect them — but not at the expense of women," writes Alison O'Connor irishexaminer.com/opinion/co…
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Road trip along Lake Superior (Gitchi-gami - great sea in Ojibwa) #molaethantasaoire
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I've seen this before but it really is SO FUNNY
This is what I call professionalism. I’d have collapsed ten seconds into this.
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RTE are a major problem for anyone interested in 20th/21st century life in Ireland. They control one of the countries largest archives and the vast majority of people cant afford to access it. A thread
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#ThroughHerEyes As people commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Arthur Griffith today, I just want to add a reminder that his wife, mentioned below as Mrs Arthur Griffith, was called Maud, an accomplished soprano who worked tirelessly to preserve her husband's legacy
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‘From the Lavender menace to the Trans menace’ would be a great title for a book on how (some)feminists have always ‘othered’ & denied rights and equality to marginalised groups of women. Creating in/out binaries continues to divide & disrupt feminist activism #TransWomenAreWomen
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Our new play I, Joan shows Joan as a legendary leader who uses the pronouns ‘they/them’. We are not the first to present Joan in this way, and we will not be the last. We can't wait to share this production with everyone and discover this cultural icon. bit.ly/GlobeIdentityInIJoan
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To the woman yelling at me that I was invading the female toilets… I’m just so sorry for your ignorance. I’m a cis lesbian woman, why do I have to endure this every time I cut my hair? Why do any of us who are outside the “gender norms” have to deal with this over & over?
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12th August 1922 Arthur Griffith, President of Dáil Éireann and Minister for Foreign Affairs, and founder of Sinn Féin, dies at the Private Hospital in Leeson Street, Dublin. He was fifty-one years of age. He suffered a stroke as he bent down to tie a shoe lace.
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PARTICIPANTS WANTED - I am looking to speak to women affected by shipyard closure in Belfast and Glasgow in the period 1970-1990s. All shares and RTs would be amazing!
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So any previous @IrishRugby support of LGBT+ communities was just, it seems, a cynical exercise in pink-washing. This is a retrograde decision which will further marginalise an already marginalised and vulnerable group of people. #transrightsarehumanrights
IRFU updates Transgender guidelines. ‘This is a particularly sensitive area, and it is important that respect is shown to all members of our rugby family and the wider community.’ irishrugby.ie/2022/08/10/irf…
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