When is consent not consent? How are young women coping with objectification today? And is social media helping or hindering the problem?
We're hosting a full and frank panel discussion around the themes and ideas raised by Asking For It - the bestselling book by Irish author Louise O'Neill. The author will be joined on the panel by top blogger Rosie Connolly, journalist and blogger of Legless in Dublin Louise Bruton and Image.ie Senior Features Editor Jeanne Sutton who will delve into an important wider conversation about the trials of being a young woman in the social media age. The event will be hosted by 98fm's Aideen Finnegan.
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We've also teamed up with Dubray books to offer 25% off "Asking For It'' ahead of the event for ticket holders instore and online using the OPSH discount code at the checkout.
Praise for "Asking For It":
“An electrifying novel…An arresting, unflinching and deeply disturbing look at sexual consent and how society treats rape victims, it is an important book in both an Irish and international context.” Irish Independent.
”You’ll emerge, wide-eyed and blinking, back into the light with a determination, not only to take note of how our society fails us, as women, but to attempt to change it, in what small ways we can.” Stellar Magazine
“Heartbreakingly accurate…. Handled with both sensitivity and unflinching honesty. A compelling and brave story that deserves to be read by all.” Heat Magazine
About the panel:
The book's author Louise O'Neill hails from Clonakilty, west Cork. She studied English at Trinity College Dublin and worked at Elle
magazine in New York. She was voted 'Newcomer of the Year' for first novel Only Ever Yours
at the Irish Book Awards and 'Asking For It'
was voted the Bord Gais 2015 Irish Book of the Year.
Rosie Connolly is a Dublin-based model and blogger with a social following of over 125,000. Having built a successful career on social media, Rosie knows better than anyone both the positives and negatives of sharing your life online. You can follow Rosie on Instagram @rosieconxxx and read her blog at http://heartsheelsandhandbags.blogspot.ie/
Louise Bruton is a Dublin-based freelance journalist and disability activist. She has written articles for The Irish Times, Buzzfeed, Vice and Huffington Post about music, pop culture, life as a wheelchair user, disability and access. She participated in TEDxDCU 2015
and TEDMed 2014 and you can find her tweeting nonsense as @luberachi
is a law graduate and STELLAR Deputy Editor, where she writes daily about fashion, work, interesting Irish women, and celebrities.Jeanne
has contributed to thejournal.ie
, IMAGE magazine, Guts, The Coven and recently performed original fiction at LINGO, Dublin's spoken word festival. She tweets at @jeannedesutun.
The event's host Aideen Finnegan is an experienced broadcaster with the PPI three-time award-winning 98FM News. She has over ten years experience in Irish radio, having worked in 98FM, TodayFM, Newstalk, FM104 and SPIN1038. Career highlights include being nominated for News Broadcaster of the Year 2015. Aideen also has passion for fashion, particularly Irish designers like Emma Manley, Davina Lynch, Giovanna Borza and Merle O'Grady; as well as an unquenchable thirst for beauty journalism. She introduced the Fashion and Lifestyle section to 98FM.com in 2014. She's often described by her colleagues as a feminist - a label she is comfortable with, but which she finds completely superfluous. Follow her on Twitter @aideenfinnegan
*Please be aware that there may be some filming taking place at this event.
*Tickets are non-refundable