Everyone Needs to Stop Saying “Fuckboy”

Recently the term “fuckboy” has been thrown around a lot on the internet, especially by young girls. To them, the word basically means a man who is disrespectful to women, who aren’t interested in a real relationship and who only want sex. It is basically a negative word for a “lad”. According to this Tumblr post that’s been circling around online lately, a fuckboy is;

  • …a guy who tried to text a you even when he already has a girl…
  • …a guy who continues to hit on you even when you’ve said no…
  • …a guy who will disrespect you and try and get with you in the same breath…

It has become a very common phrase that everyone seems to use now, which is really sad to see. While it is important to call people out if they are being disrespectful to women, or being disrespectful to anyone, if you use the term “fuckboy” then you are being much more disrespectful than they are and I will tell you why.

If you say “fuckboy” you probably don’t know what it really means, or at least I hope you don’t. “Fuckboy” is a common term that is used in prisons. It sometimes refers to an inmate who is “gay for pay“, meaning that they trade “sex for food or other favours“.

However, more often than not it refers to a younger, weaker inmate who his passed around and raped by other inmates. Doesn’t seem like such a big joke now, does it? On top of this, these men are also often beaten, strangled and have their throats crushed so that they can’t alert any guards. In the case of Randy Payne, who was considered a “fuckboy”, he was attacked and raped by over twenty men just a week after entering a Texas prison and died a few days later due to his injuries at the age of twenty-three.

I have heard so many so-called ‘feminists’ say this word on a daily basis. Yet if you regularly call men “fuckboys” then you obviously are not someone who supports equal rights for all genders. I understand that most people who use this term don’t know what it actually means. That’s fair enough. However, if you continue to use it after finding out what it actually means then you’ll just come across as a rape-sympathiser.

This is not an uncommon term in prisons. This is not a new term in prisons. It has been around longer than most of these third wave ‘Tumblr feminists’ have been. So there is no excuse for using it.

If you use the term “fuckboy”, you are not an egalitarian. You are not a feminist. You are not standing up for women’s rights. You are simply appropriating rape culture.

Artists to Look Out For at Indiependence 2015

Recently I mentioned in an article in Fusion magazine about how Indiependence is known for showcasing Ireland’s new and upcoming artists before anyone else. Hozier, Kodaline, Hudson Taylor, Walking on Cars and Fight Like Apes have all played at the festival in Cork long before they became as famous and successful as they are today.

Indiependence will take place in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork in just a few weeks during the August bank holiday weekend and this year will be no different from before. There are so many new and upcoming artists playing at the festival this year that anyone going will be spoiled for choice. I’ve decided to just pick five of them and tell you why I think that they will be worth checking out if you’re heading to Cork for the festival.

1. Wyvern Lingo 

Recently it seems that many Irish bands are becoming very successful and well knows before they even release their debut album. Wyvern Lingo are definitely one of these bands. Their debut EP, ‘The Widow Knows‘, was released only last summer and since then they have been going from strength to strength. The EP has been described as, “a veritable cocktail of R’n’B hooks, bluegrass licks, gospel harmonies and insightful-beyond-their-years lyrics“.

The band consists of Karen Cowley who provides the lead vocals and also plays the piano, Saoirse Duane on guitar and Caoimhe Barry on percussion and also provides vocals. The trio from Bray, Co. Wicklow are known for their unique style in regards to both music and style.

Possible one of their biggest achievements to date has been touring the UK and Ireland alongside Hozier last year. Lead singer Karen also appears on Hozier’s debut album as she duets with him on the song ‘In a Week‘. If you didn’t get to see them on tour with Hozier you can see them when they play Indiependence on Saturday, August 1st.

2. Little Hours

Little Hours are yet another one of those Irish bands who have gained considerable success before their debut album. The Donegal duo who formed in March 2014 consists of 20 year old John Doherty and 24 year old Ryan McClosky. They released their self-titled EP last year after playing their first ever gig at Electric Picnic of all places – if your first ever gig is at the biggest music festival in the country, then you know that you’re destined for success.

Since signing with Sony Music in April of this year they have been playing live left, right and centre. Most recently they supported Kodaline at their gig in Kilmainham just a couple of weeks ago. They have also supported the likes of Gavin James, Tom Baxter, Amber Run and James Bay. However, judging by their recent and sudden success, something tells me that they won’t just be supporting artists for much longer.

If you want to see Little Hours live, they will also be playing the Saturday of Indiependence.

3. All Tvvins

You’re really going to be spoiled for choice on Saturday at Indiependence as All Tvvins are also playing the second day of the festival.

This is yet another band that has been met with considerable success since their formation just last year. However, there is a reason for this, both members have previously been front men for other bands. Lar Kay was in the band Adebisi Shank. They formed in 2004 and released three studio albums before breaking up in 2014. Similarly, Conor Adams is the frontman for The Cast of Cheers. They have released two studio albums since forming in 2009 but they never officially broke up, they’re just on hiatus.

While both of their original bands produced indie music, All Tvvins play more 1980’s synthpop inspired music. So far, the band have released two singles – ‘Thank You‘ and ‘Too Young To Live‘. Their new song ‘Know Go‘ is also available for free download from their website.

4. The Young Folk

The Young Folk formed back in 2012 among members Anthony Furey, Paul Butler, Tony McLoughin, Alex Borwick and Patrick Hopkins. The alternative folk band released their first album ‘The Little Battle‘ last year and it was met with rave reviews. With their second album currently being recorded, it will be interesting to see what hey produce next.

These guys are no strangers to festivals as they have previously played at Electric Picnic, Cambridge Folk Festival, MIDEM and SXSW. On top of this, they have also toured the UK, USA and Canada. If you want to see them at this festival, they will be playing on Sunday, August 2nd.

5. Orla Gartland

It’s always disheartening when you see people your own age be so successful. At only 19 years old, this singer songwriter from Dublin has already released two EP’s and has almost 12 million views on Youtube.

Orla first gained popularity after she started posting cover songs on Youtube six years ago when she was only 13 years old.

After that, she released her first EP in 2013 called ‘Roots‘. Straight away it reached the number one spot on the Irish albums chart and it also went to number two in the US singer/songwriter chart. A year later she released her second EP, ‘Lonely People‘, and already she is touring North America with it.

If you want to see Orla Gartland live after her North American tour, she will be playing Indiependence on Sunday, August 2nd.

The Who Hits 50 in Dublin | Review

The Who brought their 50th anniversary tour to the 3Arena in Dublin for the second and possibly last time on June 23rd. They were supported by the New York band, The Last Internationale (whose lead singer is very nice, I might add). The concert was originally scheduled for November 26th, 2014, but it was postponed last minute with no explanation. After the long wait, to say that I was excited when the day finally came would be an understatement.

While watching The Last Internationale, I realised that although it was still only the support act, it seemed to be one of the best crowds I have been a part of in a long time. Then minutes before The Who came on stage, a very tall John Lydon look-a-like stood right in front of me. Despite this, I still saw The Who’s entrance perfectly. Normally musicians like to make a big entrance to their concerts. Lights, intense music, fireworks – the works. That’s what I was expecting from The Who until I saw Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend stroll on to the stage with a cup of tea and a wave. It was probably the most down to earth thing I have ever witnessed. Along with them came Pete’s brother, Simon Townshend, and Ringo Starr’s son, Zak Starkey, on drums.

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Opening with their first ever single ‘I Can’t Explain‘ from 1964, it was clear from the beginning that they sound the exact same live which is always something that I love to hear from a band. Some songs even sounded better live – like ‘Emminence Front‘. Half-way through the concert, they performed their song ‘Water‘, which they haven’t played live since 1971 and Roger sang the first verse and chorus solo.

Of course they played all of their greatest hits such as ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again‘, ‘Who Are You‘, ‘Pinball Wizard‘ and ‘Baba O’Riley‘ but they played then with more energy than I have ever seen from any other musician. Pete Townshend is 70 and Roger Daltrey is 71 but you would never think it judging by the performance they gave. They played 21 songs and performed probably the longest set I have ever seen, putting most young pop artists to shame. I was exhausted just looking at them.

While I knew that they were still very energetic and sounded amazing live, I still didn’t expect Roger to be able to pull of the vocals of ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again‘ as well as he once could. I was so eager to see how it would turn out and the pause before the big “YEAH” heard on CSI Miami around the world seemed longer than ever. When it finally happened, I saw it in slow motion and it felt like the entire arena shook. It’s safe to say that he proved me wrong.

When The Who first started this tour, Roger described it as “the beginning of a long goodbye” but I always thought that the two of them would still stay together as long as they could. With the news coming a few days later that the band would definitely stop touring after this year, I was glad to see them live while I could.