I’ve got to say growing up in the suburbs of Virginia Beach hits a little different when you’re considered “White washed” black woman. What does that word even mean? Urban dictionary describes whitewashed as a derogatory term used to describe a minority who has assimilated with western society. It can be used as a compliment […]Read More “White washed” Black Woman
Because teen pregnancy and STD rates are so high in the United States, parents, policymakers, and educators all share a common interest in finding sex education programs that will lower these rates. Everyone has an opinion about sex education, myself included, but the state governors are the ones who must decide whether to apply for […]Read More Comprehensive Sex Education vs. Abstinence-only-until-marriage Programs
This past week has been quite eventful for the local community and the world as well. It seems steps to ensure public health are underway, ranging from human rights to disease control. First up in local news, the Biden administration petitioned to bring healthcare for pregnant women and their children under the Build Back Better […]Read More newsroom round-up
Germany’s gender pay gap was under 20% for the first time in 2019. This was an exciting accomplishment for Germany. However, it is still not adequate. Right now Germany’s pay gap is at 19.2%. This is higher than the EU average gap, which is 14.1%. Germany has one of the highest gaps in all of […]Read More Germany’s attack on the gender pay gap
I’m from a rural county in Virginia. There are a lot of things that are difficult to access in my hometown…affordable housing, internet access, cell signal and decent water, to name a few. One thing there will never be a shortage of is country music stations. With the exception of one “positive hits” station every […]Read More I Love Coutry Music, But it Needs to Change
I recently had a conversation with a family member of mine about the “controversial” medical procedure that is abortion. As we all know Texas has recently passed a bill limiting the access women have to abortions. The bill insinuates that six weeks is a long enough time for a woman to decide whether she wants […]Read More Abortion, viagra, what’s the difference, right?
Hello everyone! Today I wanted to talk about sex… Sexuality that is. Sexuality has become a more mainstream topic after the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized same-sex marriage. I wanted to talk about my experience with sexuality, both in my personal and romantic life. This is just my personal experience with sexuality, […]Read More Let’s Talk About Sex(uality)!
On November 25th, 2021, Australia proposed a new bill that will essentially protect religious people from “cancel culture”, while discriminating against members of the LGBTQ+ community. Prime Minister, Scott Morrison says that if the bill is passed then it will ensure that religious organizations and people will be protected to express their beliefs. This also […]Read More proposed discriminatory bill in australia… what is it about?
Cyberfeminism was coined in the 1990s by feminists who were interested in theorizing and critiquing the internet and new media technologies through a feminist lens. Cyberfeminism is an approach that explores the relationships within cyberspace. The term came out of ‘third-wave‘ feminism, which followed the movements of the ‘second-wave’ feminism of the 1970s that focused […]Read More What does cyberfeminism mean?
Many countries in the West have this image of Russia and its government as corrupt and dangerous and that is completely true. The funny thing is, the Russian people are completely fine with that. Throughout his entire time in office (President and Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin has retained over a 60% approval rate and when […]Read More Why the Russians Keep Putin In power
On November 16th, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation that aims to expand protections for the LGBTQ+ community. Bill S.5325/A.6193 requires utility companies to allow customers to use their preferred names and pronouns. This bill was crafted in response to an uptick in attacks on LGBTQ+ rights and protections around the country. Governor […]Read More Push and pull on legislation for lgbtq+ protections
I have always been told that I am outgoing and sociable; as a young lady “should” be. While I may be easy to talk to and outgoing, I am a strong introvert; for every hour of social activity, I need two hours by myself. I guess you could say I am an “extroverted introvert”, but […]Read More The Social Butterfly Standard
Time has always fascinated me. It started with me, an elementary school kid, watching videos online about time theories, eventually coming across the idea that the future has already occurred, that everything that has ever and will ever happen exists somewhere in space and time. This theory in particular stood out to me, and it […]Read More The Gender Credibility Gap Represented Through The Treatment of Psychic Mediums
It saves my friends from an uncomfortable interaction down the road, makes me feel more comfortable, and allows them to engage in a safe space for dialogue. So, it does start with us and just a simple conversation.Read More ADDRESSING GENDER STEREOTYPES WITH YOUR CLOSE FRIENDS IS HARD…BUT I DID IT!
When going to see their OBGYN, most females don’t think about having to advocate for themselves for pain management. When I was a freshman in college, I decided to get an IUD or an intrauterine device, a form of birth control implanted in the uterus. Before my appointment I was given no pain medication and […]Read More Pussy = Pain
Picture this. It is November 2019 and Boston Pride, an LGBTQ+ hockey team, takes to New York City to play in a game against the New York City Gay Hockey Association. Now the story really begins when Greg Sargent, Boston Pride’s team president, began to chat with a member of the New York team, Aidan […]Read More A place in the game
The healthcare system in the United States has many flaws and affects so many people. One group of individuals that gets mistreated in the healthcare system is trans people. I don’t identify as transgender, so I can’t speak of personal experiences I have had or the feelings and personal struggles that they have to deal […]Read More The healthcare system has failed the trans community
My grandfather was, for the last sixteen years of my life, a pastor in my local church and it was amazing to have him be such an amazing role model for me in the early and more recent stages of my life. He is now recently retired and there is a new intern pastor that […]Read More My little rant about churches
In our newsroom on November 16th, 2021, we looked at local, national, and international news from a feminist perspective. The news articles we will be discussing include conversations surrounding controversy over the graphic novel, “Gender Queer: A Memoir”, recent changes to Louisiana cosmetology school LICENSING, and a population law being passed in Iran that violates […]Read More newsroom roundup 11/16
As a heterosexual cisgender female, I have always felt that birth control was my responsibility. Due to that I take birth control. Even though condoms exist and should always be used, they aren’t invincible, so I have always felt the need to use multiple forms of contraception. I don’t enjoy taking birth control or what […]Read More I scream, you scream, we all scream for male birth control
You can take off 12 weeks of work when you give birth to your child. But hey, here’s the catch, we just won’t pay you for that time off. Alright, cool, see you in a couple weeks. As someone who is about to enter the workforce in the spring with lofty career goals for myself, […]Read More unpaid maternity leave for 12 weeks: How gracious
Social media can either be on your side or negatively criticize you. Social media is a very large mass media that most people use everyday. You can find all sorts of genres on it like cooking, athletics, and social media influencers. With new generations, people of all ages are using social media. As a young […]Read More Social media influencing Body Image
The curse of being a feminist and having a deep understanding of misogyny is the recognition that it is everywhere and underlines within many aspects of life. You notice it in the way people speak, the words they chose, their reactions, their actions, the list goes on. One particular notion of misogyny that I’ve been […]Read More Double Standards: A Personal Experience
It’s my final semester here at JMU and as I approach the end of this very long and tiring journey, I am flooded with a mix of emotions. While I feel grateful for the opportunities and support that aided in my growth along the way, I also feel wildly disappointed… even a little mad. I know there are […]Read More Failures of the American Education System
It is no secret that female veterans deserve better healthcare after multiple years of fighting for it. In recent times, a bill has passed and these female veterans hope it will improve their healthcare services. When using these healthcare services, many of the female veterans said the veteran healthcare lacked privacy, and being a woman […]Read More Why female veterans want better healthcare
In our newsroom on November 9th, 2021, we examined prominent news stories at a local, national, and international level through a feminist lens. The news stories included a protest regarding sexual assault at Virginia Tech, a transphobic article shared by popular author Margaret Atwood, and a sexual assault allegation against a former top Communist Party […]Read More newsroom Round-up
Millions have awaited today over the past few months. November 12th, 2021. Red. Taylor Swift’s album, Red (Taylor’s Version), has been re-released today with ten added songs. The added songs include the hit country song, Better Man, previously sung by Little Big Town but written by the Queen herself. Songs also include Ed Sheeran, who was […]Read More today is red.
There is no one way to be a perfect feminist. How a person chooses to support and share feminism depends first how they define their feminism, the spectrum is wide. That being said, popular feminist, Sara Ahmed, outlines one way to live a feminist lifestyle. In her book Living a Feminist Life she outlines what […]Read More The Killjoys of Tik Tok
While participating in sports can be a great way to stay active and be a healthy outlet for competitiveness, it can have a detrimental effect on women athlete’s body image. I have been an athlete my entire life. Everyone in my family was an athlete. All of the women in my family were cheerleaders, dancers, […]Read More Body Image: An Athlete’s Perspective
In our newsroom discussion on November 2nd, 2021, we discussed the feminist issues within recent news including sexual assault controversies in public schools, updates on the Texas abortion ban, and girls’ education after the Taliban. The stories we shared allowed for conversation and thought through a feminist lens. Locals news: New Virginia laws are under […]Read More Newsroom roundup 11/02/21
I remember my first missions’ trip like it was yesterday. Early on a Monday morning we packed two 15 passenger vans stuffed to the brim and set off for a week-long trip to small town in North Carolina. It was my first trip without any family members present and I was filled with great joy […]Read More Mission Trip or Vacation?
As our site’s visitors have come to notice, birth control is a topic that is frequently discussed in blog posts. I don’t want to “beat a dead horse,” but I wanted to talk about my story with contraceptives. As a disclaimer, this is just my experience with birth control. Some have had great experiences, others […]Read More Got Birth Control Issues? Let’s Talk About It!
In the spirit of today marking the end of Daylight Saving Time for the year 2021, (meaning we get an extra hour of sleep tonight!) I am going to discuss how so many of us today don’t feel safe walking alone at night. Have you ever walked to your car late at night and found […]Read More ARE YOU ALSO SCARED OF WALKING ALONE AT NIGHT?
Let me tell you about two people living in Chicago. But first some important information. Both of our characters are 24 year old white males and both have lived in and around Chicago for all if not most of their lives. We’ll call one Sam and one Dave. Sam grew up and still lives in […]Read More Stories From Chicago: How Upbringing Affets mindset
The healthcare system is another area where women are overlooked. A large reason for the discrimination against women would be the lack of understanding of how illnesses differentiate between men and women. According to an article by Forbes, women were excluded from clinical trials due to concerns about possible long-term effects on their fertility and […]Read More women overlooked in healthcare
Transgender representation is severely lacking in the media. When transgender characters are included in TV shows and movies, they are often portrayed in stereotypical ways that can consequently be harmful to the trans community. Additionally, male actors are often hired to portray trans women, which pushes the narrative that trans women are no more than […]Read More Media representation of the transgender community
This interview was conducted with a student who chooses to remain anonymous but thought that sharing her side of the obstacles she faces throughout her education was important and should be heard. What is your Major / What interests you most about your studies? “I am a junior at James Madison University majoring in physics […]Read More An Interview With A Future Female EINSTEIN
“That never happened.” “Stop being so sensitive.” “If you really loved me, you would ____” Have you ever been in an argument or even everyday conversation with your partner and heard any of these phrases? If you have, you have likely experienced gaslighting in some way, shape or form. So you’ve been gaslighted. What does […]Read More gaslighting in romantic relationships
I am sure that almost everyone has at least heard about Texas’ abortion ban by now. And in light of the Supreme Court reviewing the law today (Nov. 1), let’s talk about it. For those of you that don’t know, on September 1st, Texas commenced a law that prohibits abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy, […]Read More Texas Abortion Ban: Let’s Talk About It
Happy Halloweekend JMU! I hope you all had an amazing and safe time these past few days in your stunning costumes! I’ve seen so many funny, creative, and, yes, “slutty” costumes…. some of which I saw in the mirror! The confidence I felt in my Halloween costumes this year was amazing, and this is a […]Read More Let’s Talk About “Slutty” Halloween Costumes
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, also known as the NAACP, has sent a letter to the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and WNBA players’ associations urging players to not sign with any Texas sports teams due to their recent laws on abortions, voting rights, and mask mandates. At first, I found it […]Read More Athletes and politics; let’s talk about it
In our newsroom discussion on October 26th, 2021, we delve into the feminist issues within stories revolving around the mishandling of Title IX reports, poor college living conditions, and the coup in Sudan. These stories allowed for a diversified exploration of feminism in three different situations. Local: On October 4th, former senior vice president of […]Read More Newsroom Round-up 10/26/21
Under the Biden-Harris Administration, a new policy regarding gender equality is being implemented. On International Women’s Day this year, an executive order was put in place to establish the White House Gender Policy Council. Under this council, many controversial topics that are impacted by gender bias will be tackled. Some of these include, but are not limited […]Read More Policies of the future
Gender prejudice is the action or treatment against a person based on their sex. We see gender bias present in society in many forms, but healthcare is a crucial one. Bias in the medical field is damaging to the healthcare systems we rely on. In healthcare, gender bias is when patients are diagnosed and treated […]Read More Gender bias in healthcare
For those who attended high school, especially for junior and senior year, or have experienced the pressure to continue to higher education you know the stress that is common during the application process. We are always told that it is worth it in the end, that after the anxiety of applying and getting in some […]Read More Trans Students’ experiences on College Campuses
As a cisgender woman, I am in no way speaking on others’ experiences with or regarding transgender identity positionally. Despite this, this is my experience and exploration when one of my friends started dating a transgender male and how I approached the conversation with her (cisgender woman). In my identity positionally, I had a lot […]Read More MY GROWTH ABOUT DIFFERING IDENTITIES THROUGH THE HELP OF MY FRIEND
I for one am someone who has always does things on the fly, been very laid back when it comes to planning, and have never had a set daily routine. However, lately these are some of the things that have hindered my ability to work effective and efficiently, be able to be there for the […]Read More Managing your Time
*Trigger Warning: Eating Disorder My eating disorder started in my junior year of high school when I was just 16 years old. At the time, I would have told you “No, you’re crazy I’m just dieting.” In hindsight, my diet and intense calorie counting turned into an obsession and before you knew it, I had dropped 35 pounds […]Read More how feminism has become a tool for my eating disorder recovery
When I was in my freshman year of college, I stumbled across a video put out by Bustle that helped me to see homelessness through a feminist perspective—although, 5 years ago I probably would not have worded it that way. The video featured humans talking about their experiences of having a period while also experiencing homelessness. Nineteen-year-old me watched this and felt a call to action. […]Read More Homelessness: positionalities overlooked.
This Post was edited on 10/29/21 By Damandamyth As we all know, COVID has impacted all of our lives in one way or another and even though we have the vaccine, there are still problems every single day that we have to face. People have lost loved ones, had to distance themselves from family, and […]Read More Covid-19 and the problems that americans still face
“I’m not eating all day, I have to look skinny when we go out tonight”. “I drank so many calories, I need to throw up”. “My summer diet starts tomorrow, I need to lose 10 pounds this month”. This is all language I have heard firsthand during my freshman year at JMU. The normalization of […]Read More The Eating Disorder Epidemic in college
I cannot count the number of times I have been sitting in public and overheard a conversation between men talking and picking apart women. They are comments about a woman’s body, her personality, her intelligence, and the worst, how she wouldn’t have sex with them. This happens far more often than you may think. I […]Read More Why Men Need to Become Feminists.
JoJo Siwa is an 18-year-old female who is a successful dancer, singer, and YouTuber. Her fame started at nine years old when she was on the hit reality show Dance Moms. She quickly made a name for herself when she became a social media influencer and signed a contract with Nickelodeon. For most of her […]Read More nickelodeon excludes jojo siwa
For decades, we have been warned that one day our actions toward the environment will catch up with us. The earth is not disposable. As humans, we have become greedy. The people in power, aka those in charge of large corporations, have become so selfish and money hungry that they don’t see the damage they […]Read More The Climate Crisis: We’re Running out of time
In the WomenRepresentation’s most recent release report on women’s representation in Latin America, they explained how many Latin American countries are nearing gender equality. Of the five countries in the world to achieve gender parity, 3 of them are in Latin America: Cuba, Nicaragua, Mexico. But why is that? The article states, “There is great […]Read More Women In Politics
Ever since I was a little girl I have always been overwhelmed easily. Even as a baby my mom would hate taking me to grocery stores and large public places because I would just cry. In high school I never struggled with feeling anxious and was in fact quite the opposite. The pandemic hit and […]Read More Coping with crippling anxiety
As we end Sexual Assault Awareness Month it is important to not only reflect on the progress we have made but to look at this as a time to see where we can progress and do better. One of the ways we have progressed is the Violence Against Women Act, passed in March 2021 this […]Read More Sexual Assault Awareness Month: STALKING
Everyone goes through stress. It is a part of people’s everyday lives, and can be caused by a variety of different things. Anything from daily responsibilities like work and family to something severe like a bad loss. Stress is unavoidable, but also a normal aspect of life. Letting the stress pile up, and not alleviating […]Read More Healthy coping mechanisms
With the weather getting warmer, and the notorious couples taking their beach pics, a single girl like me cannot help to compare. Compare to the other girls, their lives, and more specifically, what they are doing right. There are countless Rom Com’s and love songs that claim to depict what dating life is like. But, […]Read More Hot & Independent Girl Summer: Season 21, Episode 1
Will Smith and Chris Rock may have stolen the media’s attention from this year’s Oscars, but don’t let that distract you from the list of achievements from stars in marginalized communities. Award shows are known for their history of being white-washed and male dominant. Insider lists some scary statistics, including the fact that 89% of […]Read More Inclusion & The Oscars