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A Sunday Miscellany essay by Lisa McInerney: 'Setting the scene'
The essay is one of those featured in the new book, Miscellany 50.
Lisa McInerney: Pornification of teen sexuality - but we can't just blame porn
The UK plans to make online pornography an ‘opt-in’ choice to try and shield children from it – but will that really protect kids from early sexualisation?
Lisa McInerney: We tolerate cute hoors, we end up with Anglo tape types
Our capacity for putting up with ‘charismatic’ cowboys is no longer a bad national joke – it’s our national downfall.
Lisa McInerney: The loudest voices in pro-life camp discredit the civil ones
There is common ground to be found between pro-life and pro-choice people, writes Lisa McInerney, but plastic foetuses and death threats are eroding it.
Lisa McInerney: Neil Prendeville blamed the wrong people in his radio rant
The radio presenter could have attacked those responsible for mismanaging the country – but instead he kicked down, writes Lisa McInerney.
Lisa McInerney: All sexual harassment needs to thrive is for good men to do nothing
A new #shoutingback project on social media reveals lots of decent men are horrified by public harassment of women – none of us, men or women, should put up with it.
Lisa McInerney: New Year is where we resolve to be grown-ups
The true mark of maturity, however, is to stop beating ourselves up over not being the perfect adult – and to resolve to be a better kid.
Lisa McInerney: Don't feed the Grinch - Christmas is meant to be over the top
We overspend, not because we’re greedy or worried we’ll be ostracised if we don’t, but because we love how generosity feels.
Lisa McInerney: What's so terrible about abortion-on-demand?
It took this long for the State to really address medically-necessary termination – so how long is it going to take for it to address the wider complexity of
Lisa McInerney: Hey guys, you don't have to be arrogant to be attractive
Women do like nice men – and to say otherwise, as an anonymous column did last week, is a real disservice to the good guys.
Lisa McInerney: Should we forgive Chris Brown?
As the pop star heads to Dublin for a gig later this year, should we remain hostile to him over his brutality towards Rihanna or let him get on with it?
Column: This wasn’t the Middle Ages, Bishop Kirby, it was the 1990s
Lisa McInerney asks why, if a senior member of the Catholic Church thought paedophilia was ‘crossing the line in friendship’, does the same Church think it can guide people on how to love and who to marry?
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the funniest, most thought-provoking and interesting comments you lot made this week. Did you make it in?
Column: Why do people try so hard with someone who's not interested?
There’s no law against going on the pull, but drunken suitors who can’t take a hint can spoil a good night out, writes Lisa McInerney.
Column: Why are we so pass-remarkable on weight issues?
We are all aware that discrimination on the basis of race, creed or sexual preference is unacceptable, writes Lisa McInerney, so why is someone’s BMI fair game?
Column: Intervening in prostitution is not acting the nanny
Advocating the selling of sex is not just a bad idea, writes Lisa McInerney, but also a very blinkered one.
Column: Vodafone pair were idiots - but they don't need a kicking from us
Customer service is a tough job, writes Lisa McInerney, but what seemed to rile people most about the disrespectful Vodafone reps was they didn’t count their blessings for having a job. Is that fair?
Column: ‘Too beautiful’ Samantha Brick is playing us for fools
Either the Daily Mail columnist is a complete ass and believes every word she writes, or she’s being deliberately provocative – and perpetuating the old porky that women detest other women.
Column: If you're not religious, why observe a Lenten sacrifice?
As children, we used to try to get out of Lenten obligations – now we use them as if they are a second chance at New Year’s resolutions.
Column: Let the extremists speak - if only so we can fight back
This week, regular columnist Lisa McInerney argues that everyone is entitled to their opinion – because it gives us a chance to stand up against odious claptrap.
Column: Ban video games? Ban crap pre-teen books instead’s regular columnist Lisa McInerney takes apart TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor’s outburst over “violent video games”.
# Budget 2012
Budget 2012: What's contributors are saying brings you contributions from a huge range of people. We asked some of them to give their opinions on the Budget – and here’s what they said…
Column: Our culture glorifies domestic violence – from women, that is
Popular images tell us slapping a man is an appropriate response to romantic troubles, writes Lisa McInerney. So what does that say about our culture?
Column: Prisoners - pity about them?
This week,’s regular columnist Lisa McInerney says rehabilitation and dignity for prisoners isn’t an issue for bleeding heart lefties: it’s for our own protection when they get out.
Column: Social welfare should not spark social warfare’s new columnist Lisa McInerney argues that we need to continue giving a leg-up to those worst hit by the recession – even if it means carrying a few benefits scoundrels along the way.
Column: You, Me and the Holy See
Lisa McInerney on the “sickly, complicated” relationship Ireland has with Catholicism: “It’s completely wrong for Irish Catholics to demand the State be run to their spiritual stipulations.