First published as ‘Happy Galentines Day Ladies’ in issue two of Cinders Magazine.
Cinders editor, Méabh McDonnell, explains her take on ‘Galentine’s day’ and the importance of celebrating female friendships and being seen as a woman in today’s society.
“February 14th, Valentines day is about romance, but February 13th, Galentine’s Day, is about celebrating lady friends.” Those were the words of the great Leslie Knope, America’s most optimistic government worker and protagonist of the late, great, Parks and Recreation. I think that Galentine’s Day is a day to take note of the positive female relationships in your life and let those women know just how much they mean to you.
I truly believe that Galentine’s Day is something that we need.
We need a day to celebrate the other women in our lives, whether they are our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, our best friends, our cousins or our nieces; because we all have some positive female relationships in our lives and it feels so good to celebrate those.
How many of us have said, or thought, the words ‘I don’t really get along with other girls.’ or ‘I’m not really a girls-girl’ or the queen-bee of them all: ‘I’m not like other girls’. I’m willing to bet most of us have. I know I have. And it begs only one response: ‘What’s wrong with “other girls”?’
Feminism is still a tricky word for some people – that’s a fact that we at Cinders would love to change. Here, editor Méabh McDonnell talks about her journey to becoming a feminist.
The more people who realise that Feminism merely means believing that women deserve equal treatment, respect and rights to men, the better. We need to de-mystify the word. We also need to acknowledge the importance of intersectionality, the idea that some women have more to deal with than others. While you may feel that feminism has done its job for you, it may not for your LGBTQIA+ friend, your POC colleague, or your non-cisgendered idol. Continue reading Finding my Way to Feminism
Welcome To Cinders Issue Three! We hope you enjoy our issue inspired by that addiction of all Ravenclaws at heart – learning and reading. We also delve into Beauty and the Beast, the best studying tips, the psychological explanation of schizophrenia and much, much more!
You’ll be queuing up for new books all month long!
Click here to download the third issue of Cinders Magazine: Bookworms for free!
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers and grandmothers out there – especially those who work too hard, work extra jobs and to those who are sometimes over looked!
Some of us are lucky enough to have very positive relationships with our mothers and we wouldn’t be who we are without them. Cinders editor Meabh McDonnell talks about that in her Galentines Day article in issue 2 of Cinders!
Happy International Women’s Day to one and all! Over here at Cinders we’re hard at work for issue three but we decided to create a special image to honour a very small section of the women who inspire us and our magazine! Read issue two on our front page now!
Or download your free copy here: cinders-issue-two-final
We have some fantastic articles in this issue including the benefits of Galentines day, the brilliant friendships of Crazy Ex Girlfriend, an interview with author Erika McGann, and (CW) the answers to every question you’ve ever had about your period.
Contributors to issue two are: Méabh McDonnell, Grainne Coyne, Teresa Mulhern, Caitriona Fahy, Rose Joyce, Sheil Say Words and Jenna Reimer!
The content is smart, insightful and at times very, very funny. We’re sure it will brighten up your Galentine’s day, it certainly made ours!
Here in Cinders towers we’re knee deep in issue 2 of Cinders magazine – out on February 13th! But as a treat for those of you who were unable to attend the launch we have a video to make it seem as though you were there!
We also have co-editor Grainne Coyne’s speech which she was unable to deliver on the night but are very happy to be able to share it here!
To say I was delighted when Meabh asked last September if I would like to embark on the amazing magazine that is Cinders is an understatement. The first issue is full of everything a fangirl can dream of as well as poetry, art, mental health and feminism….the list is endless, I am only jealous I didn’t have a copy of Cinders when I was a teenager, but I am glad that young women get to experience Cinders today. I am sorry I can’t be there this evening, but I am so honoured that I get to be a part of the amazing project that is Cinders. I am so happy that I get to help spread a positive message out there for so many young women. – Grainne Coyne
Cinders magazine is happy to announce that we will be launching our first issue in Loughrea Library on December 15th at 6.3o pm. From then you will also be able to download the first issue here from the website and on issue.com!
We are delighted to be moving forward with this new venture and can’t wait for you to see all of the wonderful articles we have received as submissions.
We’ll keep you posted on where we’re going from here!