High praise for Louise

November 9th, 2016 5:40 PM

By Jackie Keogh

Louise O'Neill.

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A DOCUMENTARY on sexual consent, featuring Clonakilty author Louise O’Neill, has people calling for the programme to be shown in all secondary schools.

Men and women of all ages took to Twitter in a big way following the airing of the documentary Asking For It on RTÉ 2 on Tuesday night.

They applauded the author for her groundbreaking two books – Only Ever Yours and Asking For It – and a documentary that was named after Louise’s latest fictional work about an 18-year-old girl who is raped. They also acknowledged that the documentary takes a frank look at sexual violence and the issue of consent, or lack thereof.

And people have added their voice to the conversation on social media, praising Louise for getting the nation thinking and taking about an issue that is rarely discussed in such a forthright manner.

One woman, one of many, asked on Twitter: ‘Can we show this in all secondary schools, please?’ And a young man said he was glad Louise O’Neill had ‘pushed for the conversation around consent,’ saying ‘everybody should watch it.’

The documentary, which also addressed themes such as ‘slut shaming, victim blaming,’ has been credited with sparking a hugely-important debate on the issue. The programme can be viewed on RTE Player.

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