Elysia O'Neill

Law graduate who would debate with a brick wall if it asked her to. Loves a protest, a sucker for anything sustainable and makes a banging salad dressing. The girliest tom-boy you’ve ever met, who is decent at tennis and has the best eyebrows you’ve ever seen. Feeding tadpoles in her local pond is her favourite pastime and an elite tier sun bather who isn’t bringing bras into post lockdown.Spoke at the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2018, speech is online but she doesn’t like showing people. Interviewed by The Independent whilst advocating for the People’s Vote, politics enthusiast who would do anything to meet Jeremy Corbyn. Democratic Socialist, Socialist Feminist. Can always be persuaded for a pint if there’s a good rooftop terrace. Lives by the words of Caroline Criado Perez: “for the women who persist: keep on being bloody difficult”.

The Reason for the Gender Pay Gap? Motherhood, Housework and Capitalism

We can’t solve the gender pay gap until we offer accessible universal childcare, eradicate domestic gender roles (or pay women for their unpaid labour) and regulate capitalism. Disclaimer: the gender pay gap (GPG) can hardly be attributed to overt discrimination against women in favour of men at the hiring stage (although this does exist, as …

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She Isn’t “Hancock’s Aide”, She’s Called Gina Coladangelo

Whilst we all sit in a mixture of pure entertainment and complete shock at the scandalous revelation released by the press on Friday about Matt Hancock’s affair with Gina Coladangelo, I can’t help but feel like we’re all excusing and/or ignoring the horrendous misogyny that underpins the headlines. Aide: a person who acts as an …

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Why Getting Theresa May Mixed Up with Margaret Thatcher Might Not be as Funny as You Initially Thought

I came across the clip of BBC presenter Matthew Amroliwala getting Theresa May confused with Margaret Thatcher on BBC News back on 4 November 2020 when scrolling through Twitter, where it was met with total hilarity that only in 2020 would Margaret Thatcher return from the dead. And I laughed, what a royal f*ck up …

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The Orgasm Gap: Something for us all to Moan About

The Orgasm Gap: the unequal frequency of orgasm during sexual encounters between genders. A recent study explored how often men orgasm compared to women during heterosexual foreplay and sex. Surprise surprise, men orgasmed more. A lot more. Foreplay and sex are all about experimenting, that’s a given. And no one can be amazing at first …

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Clapham Common: Our Right to Protest is Under Attack

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the police’s use of force on Saturday 13 March was for the benefit of public health. The irony of a Government that has consistently failed to give a shit about controlling the virus, now using Covid-19 as an excuse for the excessive and unwarranted force used by the Metropolitan …

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Angela Rayner: “Did the Honourable Lady just Call me Scum?”

Angela Rayner’s outburst was refreshing and relatable. I’m sure no one missed Angela Rayner commenting “scum” in the House of Commons during Tory MP Chris Clarkson’ speech on 21 October 2020. Even if you don’t follow politics, it was plastered all over the media and socials. Rayner was called out by Chris Clarkson at the …

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Pregnancy Tests Should Be Free, I Repeat Pregnancy Tests Should Be Free

So I tweeted that a few months ago. I didn’t think it was overly controversial. Turns out it may be for some, as I got a bit of opposition in the replies. And from women, too. That’s what I was shocked about most. Anyway, I thought I’d write a piece explaining why I think we …

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The Decline of the Word ‘Feminism’ and What to do About It

It is not abnormal in general rhetoric for feminists to be perceived as a group of angry women, extremists, men-hating matriarchal beings. If you call yourself a feminist you are in the minority, and this is in terms of women (!). Only 34% of women in the UK said “yes” when asked whether they were a …

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Opinion: The Easing of Lockdown is Catered for Men

This article was originally written for Twentysomething News, a news/opinion website with contributions written by people in their 20s, published 21 July 2020.  On the evening of 6 July 2020, I wrote one of my typical tweets – reasonably noisy and unapologetically giving my opinion. I use Twitter to express my feelings and share that …

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