DeirdreODonnell

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Deirdre is a gender studies major at Rhode Island College. She considers herself a sex-positive feminist, writer, and activist. Deirdre is an advocate for talking openly about sexuality, and revolutionizing the way sex education is taught to young people today. She also believes in normalizing many of the hush-hush components of sexuality with her open and assertive nature, as this perspective allows people to be open minded and free to be themselves. One of these causes she is working to normalize is menstruation, something she thinks is either disregarded and not discussed at all or is talked about in a degrading way, and she wants it to be normalized and eroticized rather than stigmatized. Deirdre speaks out on many issues, and hopes to one day teach young people all over the nation, traveling to college campuses and writing books about her passions. She is currently an intern at The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Pawtucket, RI. Read Full Profile...

How Bleeding Has Been Stained

 Posted by on January 8, 2014
Jan 082014
 
How Bleeding Has Been Stained

by Deirdre O’Donnell

Between Lil’ Wayne’s rap about being “a venereal disease, like a menstrual bleed,” Jonah Hill’s about-to-vomit freak out (in the scene from Superbad) when a girl gets menstrual blood on his pant leg while dancing with him, and the fact that boys and girls are still separated for “the talks” in health class around fourth grade

Critically Thinking About Sex Toys

 Posted by on February 25, 2011
Feb 252011
 

By Deirdre O’Donnell

Who Has Access to Safer Sex Toys and Why They Should Appeal to Leftists and Rightists Alike

When we think of sex toys, a word we don’t often associate with them is privilege. However, it is important to recognize that there is a very particular demographic to whom the sex toy industry is accessible.

Have a Happy Period – Really

 Posted by on September 29, 2010
Sep 292010
 

by Deirdre O’Donnell

As a young woman in her college years in the middle of an economic struggle, I feel that information regarding healthy and cost-efficient alternatives for menstrual care are rather hard to come by. I spend a lot of time seeking out magazine articles, advertisements, zines, books, and websites that have an abundance of information on this topic, and I have put together a little bundle of tips and new ideas for those out there on the rag!