In 1973, the United States Supreme Court declared, based on a 7-2 ruling, that prohibiting abortion was unconstitutional because it violated on a woman’s right to privacy…in other words: her body, her choice…not the government’s. So the question ponders, why are we still on a political issue that was declared non-political five decades ago? There’s […]Read More The mindlessness of banning abortion, 50 years after it was deemed unconstitutional
With so much recent talk about the #MeToo movement, I wanted to address some of the discourse I saw. There was a Ted Talk called Is Modern Feminism starting to undermine itself?, where Jessica Butcher talked about how the #MeToo movement was reinforcing a narrative of disadvantages that don’t help women in the fight towards […]Read More Unfortunately Always Current: Rape
Recently, my mom sent me an article that she thought would help benefit my overall happiness and productivity each day. I was skeptical, of course, because how could one article really change that much about your life. So, I read the article and it seemed like it would be easy enough to try and do […]Read More Let’s Get Happy
Who pays for the first date? What’s asserting dominance and what’s being a gentleman? Am I a BAD FEMINIST?!! Do you have dating advice?Read More Is Chivalry Dead?
Before Harrisonburg was blanketed with snow, I visited Tom Benevento at Vine & Fig, to talk to him about the environmental and ecological incubation projects that Vine & Fig works on throughout Harrisonburg. I thought it would be a great way to reintroduce ShoutOut! to EcoFeminism and ways to get involved with it in our […]Read More EcoFeminism with Vine & Fig
Read on to see what events you should be up-to-date on. News that’s free of commercials or pesky weather updates! IN HARRISONBURG: Refusal of COVID-19 Vaccine for Harrisonburg Minister In early February, Christina Rivera, a Latina senior lead at the Church of the Larger Fellowship was denied a vaccination for Covid-19 by Sentara Hospital after […]Read More NEWS ROUND UP!
If you haven’t listened to Jazmine Sullivan’s “Heaux Tales”, truly, what are you doing sis? After listening to this beautiful album about 3,000 times, I have gathered that Heaux Tales exemplifies everything that we should embrace as feminists. This 14 track album features 8 songs and 6 tales, “Heaux Tales”, from Jazmine’s close friends. There […]Read More Why Jazmine Sullivan’s “Heaux Tales” is a feminist masterpiece.
So, I am into politics. Like, really into politics. I classify myself as a moderate Democrat. Meaning, I politely disagree with most conservative stances but also don’t identify with radical liberal stances. With that being said, I have been heavily involved in the political workforce ever since I have had the opportunity to apply to […]Read More The Day a Man learned that Women can work in Politics
Picture this, it’s a Friday night and you just got dinner with your roommates at your favorite dining hall. You do not have to worry about wearing a mask, sanitizing the table before you sit down or sitting six feet from someone else. After dinner, you take the five-minute walk back to your dorm. On […]Read More Is Love Still in The Air? Or Just COVID?
Are you currently searching for a new film to watch on your spare time? Well, look no further, the new Netflix film, ‘Moxie’ will be coming to Netflix as of March 3, 2021. ‘Moxie’ is an enlightening, patriarchy smashing film encompassing the feminist underground movement, known as the riot grrrls, which occurred in the early […]Read More Grrrl-power in the new Netflix film: ‘Moxie’
February 14th, also known as Valentine’s Day, can be a difficult holiday. For one day, each year, we celebrate love. Sounds like a happy topic, right? Unfortunately, not for all of us. Romantic relationships, like everything else in our lives, can often be complicated. The origins of this holiday are sweet and heartfelt as is […]Read More Loving Yourself On Valentine’s Day
Every year February fourteenth marks Valentines day. The origins of Valentines day come from a Christian feast day to celebrate a Christian Martyr, Saint Valentine’s; this holiday signifies the religious and cultural celebration of romance. Of course, not everyone is enthusiastic about Valentine’s day; for some, this holiday is not a celebration but a reminder […]Read More Feb.14th is for Self Love
Lets talk about it… Being a black feminist who is aware of the misogynistic racist culture vultures of the music industry, I have to admit, the representation of black women in music videos are distasteful and displeasing. Artist from every genre fail to realize their obsession of black women in their videos, shows their hyper-sexualization […]Read More The Exploitation Of Black Women In Music Videos
Avoiding the news? No worries, here’s a recap of the Shoutout! Newsroom this week to keep you informed! Women underrepresented in local politics A local Harrisonburg newspaper published an article this week on the underrepresentation of women in elected positions. According to the article, despite women making up more than half of Rockingham County’s population, […]Read More News Round-Up!
If you’re into true crime, you have probably heard of the podcast crime junkie. One thing that these two women have ingrained in my brain is “Be Weird, Be Rude, Stay Alive”. As women we have been so programmed into being polite, likeable, meek, and demure out of fear of being seen as rude, or […]Read More Why It’s Okay To Be Rude
“No matter what women choose to be interested in they’re immediately demonized, weaponized, and made to seem vapid.”Read More Girls Just Want to Have Fun…
Gender bias in healthcare has been a hot topic for a while now. In case you don’t agree with that statement just take a look at the collage of images above. When I searched nurse the majority of the images were women, but when I searched doctor the majority of images were men. However, gender […]Read More Gender Bias: The Secret Killer
The art of “faking it” and how if you’re a women IT DOESN’T WORK. Why? Read and find outRead More Faking It
“Hey girl, you take quiz three yet? Your bed looks so cozy behind you. But it would look better with me in it.” Okay, so no one has ever said that to me. However, I have had my fair share of men slide into my Zoom direct messages in class. Yes, you read that right – slide into my Zoom dms. Let me paint the picture for you: Wednesday afternoon […]Read More Is Sliding into Zoom DMs the New Thing?
As the pandemic continues to drag on and most of us have continued to be relegated to our homes, feeling like a productive member of society has become a little difficult. Let alone feeling like you are keeping up with your activism. I know that I have had a hard time feeling like I am […]Read More Ways to Stay Active!
If you’ve been on the internet at all within the past week you would know that country superstar Morgan Wallen was caught using a racial slur. Country music’s favorite love song artist and chart-topping Morgan Wallen was in his front yard with his friends, who I must add are all white, drunk as a skunk […]Read More Tackling Performative Activism and Discussing Racism Within Pop Culture
Local For local news, JMU’s Women of Distinction award applications are now open, and anyone who identifies as a woman is eligible! A woman who embodies this award is someone who “inspires us through her dedication and innovation; her exemplary leadership and mentoring; her commitment to enhancing gender equity and inclusion. (QUOTE) The award is […]Read More Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
Three is fine, three for me
Three of three, one of me.
Be the change you wish for others
With everything happening in the world right now, have you ever thought about just getting rid of men? Let’s talk about the women behind the political, economic, and social structure of their man-less community of Umoja, Kenya.Read More Wo-Man’s Land
So, we all know and support the #MeToo movements that have happened throughout recent years. Women coming forward with stories of their sexual abuse and assault and finally getting the justice they deserve. However, some places have not been quiet as supportive. In China, where the Communist Party has very strict limitations when it comes […]Read More The #MeToo Movement in China
It’s Black History Month! Unapologetically, the greatest month of the year (even though it’s the shortest month but whateva). Black History Month is frequently spent praising the accomplishments of prominent black men such as MLK, Thurgood Marshall, and President Barack Obama. Although these men broke barriers for the black community, they were not the only […]Read More If ya don’t know, now ya know. Black Feminists that you need to know.
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for us and we are feeling good!! Welcome back to another exciting semester of ShoutOut! 2020 was a year of trials and tribulations but thankfully we made it through. Even though things are finally starting to look up and we have a whole […]Read More Back and Better Than Ever!!
I think I had to close with the words of these feminist giants because at the end of the day that’s what our blog itself is built on. Thanks for the memories, ShoutOut! JMU.Read More So Long, ShoutOut!
“The ability to take on and peel off the parts of Black culture that you like at will is exactly what is meant by the term “white privilege.” And while culture sharing is fine, white people have proven that they have a problem sharing. White people don’t share. They take over. They colonize. They claim […]Read More Thee Culture Vultures
Does anyone else continue to see the good in people even when all they ever show you is the bad? Just me, oh okay. Sometimes I wish I was able to see through the bullsh*t in the beginning because it would save me from a lot of heartache in the end. It took me so […]Read More Thee Good Hearted Woman
“Do you masturbate?” Three words simple, answer, but why is it that some women in 2020 still feel shameful answering the question? Self pleasure, flicking the bean, self love and whatever else you want to call it all come back to the “M” word, oh yes the “M” word. In our society today Masturbation isn’t […]Read More Girls Just want to have fun (with themselves)
Hello, my sweets ;). It’s been a looooong year. Hopefully, you have some sanity intact as it nears its close. I am barely gripping mine, so I hope I am as worse as it gets. But Imma cut to the chase; this is the last blog post that you’ll see from @metaphysicalmewtwo. For all of […]Read More Peace & Blessings: Because I Love You
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people”. (Ephesians 5:3) Hello, and welcome to Catholic School, teaching kids the importance safe sex one day at a time. I went to Catholic school for […]Read More “Amen” to no sex ed?
This semester is definitely one for the books. JMU’s first completely online semester. While some students had in person classes, the majority of us have been sitting in bed logging into zoom a couple of times a week. This is also my first semester taking communication classes for my major. While I have learned a […]Read More What ShoutOut! means to me as a straight white guy
Most of us learned internalized misogyny at home from our mothers and grandmothers, not men.Read More Internalized Misogyny has Maternal Roots
“Representative Yoho called me, and I quote, ‘A fucking bitch.’”Read More Amazing AOC
Roe V. Wade. The case that has shaped abortion law in america since January 22, 1973. Before this case, women had to have doctors approval to get abortions, and in some states, like Texas, where this case originated, abortion was illegal unless the doctor thought it would save the woman’s life. Sarah R. Weddington argued […]Read More Will Roe v. Wade Hold Up Against Newest Conservative Supreme Court Justice?
Contemplations on sensuality, sexuality, and the erotic.Read More Twerk to Heal
Ladies, why are we at war with each other? Lets talk about why we’re stronger together, and shouldn’t let men drive us apart.Read More The Boy Is Mine.
A story about a girl who realizes the importance for women and others to get their voices heard.Read More Give Voice to The Women
Well known actor Elliot Page came out as transgender on his social media as of December 1st. Elliot currently stars in the hit show “Umbrella Academy” and received major fame from the film “Juno.” This brave announcement was released on their instagram and received feedback from almost 3 million people on the account. The letter […]Read More Elliot Page Comes Out as Transgender: Sparks the Conversation on Proper Pronouns
President Biden came in to office with the right goal in mind. Diversify the people in power!! For far too long we have had too many old white men in power making decisions for a country of people that were much more diverse. With Biden as the new president-elect he is starting to try and […]Read More Meet Your Bank Account’s New Dream Team: Biden’s Picks for Economic Recovery
Believe it or not, they often *can* be productive!Read More Tips For Having Productive Political Conversations
Because caring for your mental health can be tricky enough without the presence of a global pandemic.Read More Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19
The Matriarch and Family Traditions With the holidays approaching, I think it’s time we give our matriarchs their flowers (that are long overdue). The planning and gathering for the holidays are most likely dominated by the women. The kitchen holds no place for the patriarchy. The matriarch (which I will refer to from now on […]Read More Just Like Ma’s Cooking
Have you ever been on your period and thought about what a luxury it is to have it? No? Me neither. So why is it that the products used to help us get through the monthly not-so-luxurious week are considered “luxury products”? It also goes far beyond just period products- body wash, razors, clothing. All […]Read More It’s Time to Pass By the Pink Tax
JMU prides themselves on diversity, inclusion, and community. But, are these claims that they pride themselves on really true?Read More Does JMU really accommodate to everyone?
We need to put an end to this…Read More Virgin-Shaming
11/16 NewsRoom, the last and the latest !Read More From the Living Room, To the Newsroom
Let’s talk about Witchcraft! This topic may be iffy for many people, but I think there needs to be more conversations about it. I think it is such an exciting concept. Unfortunately, I feel like different faiths and practices were never brought up in school. Therefore, many people like me are only exposed to the […]Read More Finding Myself Spiritually
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Before Harrisonburg was blanketed with snow, I visited Tom Benevento at Vine & Fig, to talk to him about the environmental and ecological incubation projects that Vine & Fig works on throughout Harrisonburg. I thought it would be a great way to reintroduce ShoutOut! to EcoFeminism and ways…