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    Feminist News Roundup!

    Politics New Hampshire Primary -Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary this past Tuesday with 60.4% of the vote while Clinton secured only 38%…

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    Pt. 1: A Shimmy into Self-Care

    Self-care.  It seems to have transformed into quite the buzzword these days.  We scream it at each other, at every one we know.  Well, at least, I find myself doing just that.…

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    Why Beyoncé is Still the Queen

    Over the weekend, Beyoncé released a surprise video for her new song, Formation. This epic release came just one day before her Super Bowl 50 Halftime performance and is…

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    Football and Activism: Why the Halftime Show Matters

    If you don’t live under a rock, you probably are aware that Super Bowl 50 happened last night. And if you aren’t into football, hopefully, you at least watched the…

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    Three cheers for All-American Sexism

    This is a post for all you NFL fans out there. I have never been into following sports, knowing every player’s name, date of birth and cup size but I can definitely appreciate…

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    Why “She’s a Cool Girl” isn’t the compliment you’re looking for

    I used to have a friend back in high school who was always surrounded by more guy friends than girl friends. She was into ALL sports, ate whatever she wanted, and rarely got angry…

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    Let’s Raise One Up for Lady Parts Justice

    Calling all ladies/people- the ones who give a shit about politics, believe that yes, the personal IS political, the gals and pals who want to embrace their…

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    News Roundup!

    Our world is always changing! There are countless stories of interest for all of you dedicated feminists out there. For this week’s “News Roundup” there are a couple…

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    Six Benefits of Being Single: College Edition

    With Valentine’s day right around the corner, there is a considerable amount of focus on romantic relationships and their advantages. On a college campus, the pressure to…

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    Every Rose has its Thorn

    “I had a good conversation with Ben so now I feel good about myself again,” said Jubilee Sharpe, a contestant on this year’s season of The Bachelor. The terrifying…

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    Mandatory Ultrasounds: Anti-Choice Harassment, Plain and Simple

    WARNING: It’s about to get personal. When I was nineteen, I got pregnant. It was the summer before my sophomore year at JMU. Now I could tell you an elaborate story of how…

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    “Bro, what happened last night”

    I had an interesting experience last night. Instead of binge-watching the rest of “Breaking Bad”, my friend and I decided to immerse ourselves in one of JMU’s finest…

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    This Week With Your Friendly Feminists…

    In the multifaceted world of feminism, there is always new stories, new perspectives on old stories, people doing absurd things, and issues affecting the lives and well-being of…

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    Flint Disaster: Another Symptom of Deeply Entrenched Racism?

    Let’s take a quick mental field trip. Imagine, after a long, sweaty trek home from work or school, you trod into your kitchen for a glass of water. Over to the sink. Faucet…

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    From Grocery Stores to Bars: Street Harassment in Our Daily Lives

    After listening to one of my favorite podcasts, the Friend Zone, which encounters everything from pop culture, mental health to natural remedies, I am often sparked with new…

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    Meet the New “Barbie”

    Growing up, I played with Barbie dolls and idolized them for their “perfection.” However, there is a new Barbie on the scene and it’s time to take note! Barbara…

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    Be Kind

    Be kind: a familiar phrase that was spoken over me daily as a child. The words carried significance. They seemed to be the solution to whatever problems or struggles I may…

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    #1in3Speaks: De-stigmatizing Abortion One Story at a Time

    Last week something pretty amazing happened. For six hours, the 1 in 3 Campaign hosted an abortion speak-out which was broadcast on their website. For those who don’t know,…

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    One Small Step for Humanity, One Giant Leap for Axe

    Has Axe finally moved on from the sex-crazed, “get hot girls,” misogyny?  In their new ad entitled, “Find Your Magic”, Axe is making it clear that you…

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    Welcome Back!

    Hello Everyone, I hope you are all ready to engage in more feminist topics this semester! We have new bloggers with fresh new ideas and opinions. Also, we are incorporating a new…

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    See you all next semester!

    This has been a great semester. We hope you all have enjoyed all the conversations had and continue to read/ discuss with us! Thank you all for reading and engaging in…

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    What I Learned In Feminism Class Is…

    When I first started writing for ShoutOut, I was scared. I felt that because I barely knew anything about feminism, I was betraying my gender in a sense. I was surrounded by all…

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    The Journey

    Hey friends today we are going to do a little bit of a #TBT which is excellent because it is actually Thursday (I have a problem with saying #TBT when it isn’t Thursday). We…

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    Intersectionality, Classism, and Kanye West

    Hello, Shoutout! readers!  If you’re reading as a JMU student, you know the semester is coming to a close, and you’re probably reading this telling yourself that this…

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    High School Graduation: Inclusive?

    High School Graduation. If you are lucky enough, you have been able to experience this monumental moment in your young adult life. When you have a diploma, when you know what it…

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    Is PC Culture Really “Destroying America”?

    In the past couple of months it seems that PC Culture has been under attack by various media outlets and Presidential candidates. Politically correct  or “PC,”…

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    One Final Post

    Hello Friends, The day has unfortunately come where I sadly have to formulate my thoughts into one last post. Read close to see my word vomit of feminist thoughts that I…

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    Stacey’s Got It Goin’ On: House Bill No. 1397

    State representative Stacey Newman of Missouri has introduced House Bill No. 1397. This bill is aimed to amend the way people in Missouri can obtain firearms. Finally, someone is…

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    An Opinion on the Fight for Rights in India

    This week I was in my Intercultural Communication class where two exec members from the JMU Feminist Collective came to speak.  They talked about their club, the definition of…

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    Are You Kidding? White Student Unions?

    Okay. I’m about to brief you on some real bullshit. Recently White Student Unions have been appearing all over the nation. One of the first seemed to have originated in…

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    Stand With Women | Reproductive Freedom

    Disclaimer = My base understanding on Women’s Health Issues – I’m not sure Yesterday Evening, Festival was the place to be. ‘Cause it was packed. Stand…

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    “Enough is Enough”: The Planned Parenthood Shooting

    I would just like to say how sad, and heartbroken, and terrified all at the same time I am about the most recent tragedy dealing with Planned Parenthood.  For those of you who…

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    Some People Need Time. Some People Need A LOT of Time.

    I am so pissed off. Okay. So hopefully you all read my post from last week, Building Community. Because today we are going to talk about the uneducated assholes of the world. One…

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    Good News.. It Exists!

    This week has taken a toll on me, and it’s probably taken a toll on you too.  With everything going on in the world it’s hard to have an uplifted spirit.  I had a…

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    Yeah, I got it . . .

    Why is there this idea that in 2015 women are physically weak? Why do people just assume that women need the help of a man to carry something, or to do something physical? That…

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    What a Vlogger: Tyrannosauruslexx

    Lexi, aka Tyrannosauruslexx, is a twenty-three year old video blogger who lives in London. She’s been doing this for a while, so she’s around 119,000 subscribers for her…

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    (Not) In the Name of God

    We need to talk. Talk about what’s happening in the world. Talk about why it’s happening. Talk about our role in what is happening and what we need to do to make it stop.…

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    The Duality of a First Generation Immigrant

    These are my own specific, one perspective experiences and thoughts. So, don’t hate. <- That’s a disclaimer that I don’t speak for anyone except myself in…

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    Furthered levels of oppression in the Queer community

    As is common knowledge, in today’s heteronormative society, individuals in the queer community face all sorts of different levels of oppression. Some less common knowledge…

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    Building Community

    Community is very important. It’s very important to me, and to any individual that identifies within a marginalized group. This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend…

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    Appropriating Culture

    I’m going to be honest with you: I’ve heard the term “cultural appropriation” just short of a million times and I’m still not exactly sure what it means. I have a good…

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    One Nation, of Unfair Nipple

    Once upon a time in a far far away society, there was a ruling that allowed men the right to be topless in public; but not women. That was in 1936. This ruling came about because…

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    Are You a Game Changer?

    Essena O’Neill was a social media star. The young Australian model had down to a science what most girls try to convey in their photos: the perfect body, life, clothing, hair,…

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    Body Hair: a Taboo

    It’s that time of year again!  That’s right- NoShavember.  The month where men are glorified for their facial hair and women are shunned from participating in the…

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    Ouch, Charlie: A Response

    This past week, I came across an article written by Charles J Orlando entitled “Ladies please stop doing this on Instagram” on the Thought Catalog. These are my…

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    The B-Word

    In American television, we have begun to see an increase in the representation of the LGBT community. However, bisexuals are still very rarely included in this…

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    Let’s gain some perspective

    The United States isn’t all bad when it comes to gender issues. Yeah. That’s a brave statement. I know. And up until like two days ago I would have been beyond angry…

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    Menstruation: Not Just a Women’s Issue

    Menstruation is a common part of most women’s lives. It is not gross, nor what defines someone’s womanhood. It is in fact, a monthly biological process that is common…

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    Leaving the Right Impact on Today’s Youth

    Fun fact: I’ve been a camp counselor for six years.  Crazy, right?  I love being able to be completely silly all the time, lose my voice everyday, and wear face paint on a…

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    The Scariest of Hunting Ground

    In a world where talk of rape and sexual assault practically has a numbing effect on others, I was recently surprised by the rush of emotions I was able to feel when hearing about…

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    The Ironic Accuracies of The Daily Show on Caitlyn Jenner

    Caitlyn Jenner. A trans* woman paving her path into visibility, and making it known that it is never too late to embrace yourself and feel comfortable in your own skin. The news…

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    Finding ShoutOut: Interview with a founder

    As this is the final post of the semester, I figured it would be fun to take it back to the inception of ShoutOut! JMU. I am lucky enough to know and work under one of the…

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    Vulnerability: Will Your Marriage End Because of It?

    Vulnerability is an interesting concept all about being able to be transparent and allowing others to see your true self, and not this face that we all put on that life is going…

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    So, you want to be an online activist?

    As a blogger for ShoutOut!, I am constantly using the internet to engage with other feminists from around the world, and I love it. Online activism is al amazing too; for…

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    Bazaar’s “Why I Wear the Exact Same Thing to Work Every Day”

    This post was written by former ShoutOut blogger SpongebobBloggerpants ! Enjoy: Matilda Kahl of Harper’s Bazaar magazine recently wrote an enlightening piece about why she…

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    4 Reasons You Should Apply to be an Alternative Spring Break Trip Leader

    This past year, I participated in JMU’s Alternative Break Program as a trip leader. From September until March, I attended training each week that helped me prepare to be…

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    Money Talks

    Andrew Jackson has been the face of the 20 dollar bill for 87 years, and many people including the WomenOn20s campaign believe that it is time a woman took his spot. The…

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    Dear Disney, Please stop. From, Everyone.

    As many of JMU’s students traveled this past week for Spring Break, I took myself out to California to visit an old friend from high school who moved out there after we…

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    The Pretty Muddy: A Woman’s Race

    When I first heard of there being a race for women, I had mixed signals in my head. At first, I thought “Hell yeah! Some kind of athletic activity for women that men…

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    #BlackOutDay

    Today, March 6th is #BlackOutDay. The campaign aims to celebrate black beauty and fight against negative and damaging stereotypes that are often perpetrated by the media.…

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    Get Hip to Art and Feminism

    My love of art has grown over the years because it can be political, moving and simply stunning. But, I fell love when I saw underlying feminist messages. I want to share my…

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    Skin Lightening in Magazines: Reoccurring Accident or Endless White Washing?

    Recently, accusations of white washing of women of color by magazines have flooded social media. Fashion and beauty publications like Vogue, Instyle, and Vanity Fair are some of…

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    4 Badass Female Hip-Hop Artists You Should Be Listening To

    I love listening to hip-hop because of how trendy and fast paced the genre is. Although I think that hip-hop is the most musically progressive genre today, its definitely not the…

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    Invisible Violence: The Effects of Sexist Language

    How many times have you heard someone say, “It’s just a word, it doesn’t matter.”? Typically, this is said in defense of saying something that might be considered…

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    Feminist News Roundup!

    Politics New Hampshire Primary -Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary this past Tuesday with 60.4% of the vote while Clinton secured only 38%…

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    News Roundup!

    Our world is always changing! There are countless stories of interest for all of you dedicated feminists out there. For this week’s “News Roundup” there are…

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    Be Kind

    Be kind: a familiar phrase that was spoken over me daily as a child. The words carried significance. They seemed to be the solution to whatever…

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    Welcome Back!

    Hello Everyone, I hope you are all ready to engage in more feminist topics this semester! We have new bloggers with fresh new ideas and opinions.…

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    The Journey

    Hey friends today we are going to do a little bit of a #TBT which is excellent because it is actually Thursday (I have a problem…

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    One Final Post

    Hello Friends, The day has unfortunately come where I sadly have to formulate my thoughts into one last post. Read close to see my word vomit…

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    Building Community

    Community is very important. It’s very important to me, and to any individual that identifies within a marginalized group. This past weekend I had the opportunity…

    flickr.com

    Body Hair: a Taboo

    It’s that time of year again!  That’s right- NoShavember.  The month where men are glorified for their facial hair and women are shunned from participating in…

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    The B-Word

    In American television, we have begun to see an increase in the representation of the LGBT community. However, bisexuals are still very rarely included in this representation.Bi-erasure, which…

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