Ireland’s ‘worrying’ sex ed deficit, ‘A Scary Time’, Taylor Swift

News, views and opinions from Student Hub contributors and Irish Times writers

 

In the aftermath of the Brett Kavanaugh controversy, and on the eve of International Day of the Girl, a parody song about what a frightening moment this is for men feels timely, writes Róisín Ingle.

The fact that there has never been a female university president in 426 years is a sign of how far the sector needs to go achieve gender equality, a Government Minister has said. Carl O’Brien reports.

Following the recent HSE statistics that HIV is on the rise among young people in Ireland, the deficits in sexual education being offered in our schools is truly worrying, writes Harry King.

Taylor Swift, straight off a controversial dive into US politics, was the big winner at the American Music Awards in Los Angles on Tuesday where she used her platform to again urge her fans to get out and vote. Read more here.

Women in Irish universities make up 51 per cent of those at lecturer level (the entry level for academic posts) but only 24 per cent of those at full professorial level (the highest academic level), writes Pat O’Connor.

The lure of a job in Brussels for Ireland’s younger graduate generation would seem to be waning. A generation gap has opened up in the ranks of Irish EU officials, which will see serious national under-representation in the top ranks of the Berlaymont apparatus within years and, officials fear, a consequent significant loss of influence. Patrick Smyth reports.

Amy Huberman indulges her satisfyingly filthy sense of humour. Peter Crawley reviews the new comedy series Finding Joy.

We take a lot of selfies in our house. I know selfie-culture is frowned on in some quarters – bad for the self-esteem, apparently – but most of our family portraits are taken by our own fair, sometimes shaky, hands, writes Róisín Ingle.

The fact that there has never been a female university president in 426 years is a sign of how far the sector needs to go achieve gender equality, a Government Minister has said, writes Carl O’Brien.