Since the 2016 election, there has been this narrative constructed that Black women “save” elections and therefore “save” our country from tyranny and ruin. Even though the Democratic nominee did not win in the 2016 presidential election, we saw Black women turn-out in record numbers with over 90% of us voting for the Democratic candidate. […]Read More Why Black Women Can’t Always Save You: The Dangers of Georgia’s Voter Suppression Laws
After last week’s discussion in class about white conservative feminists and how they use their power in politics to protect the patriarchy, I wanted to talk more about how this has affected the civic engagement of women of color and other marginalized groups. To further explain the point I am trying to make; I want […]Read More The Current fight for equal Voting rights
During Trumps time in office, there were some rules put in place that banned transgender people from serving in the Military. As of recent, the Pentagon announced a new policy to undo the rules under the Trump administration. The new policies will now provide service members a process in which they may transition gender while […]Read More New Policies Granting the Transgender community to serve in the Military
If you find yourself at James Madison University, and happen by some chance to come across the Sociology Department, you may have the chance to meet Professor Matthew Ezzell. The Professor started his education at UNC-Chapel Hill and acquired his BA in Women’s Studies, continued as UNC-Chapel Hill and attained his Master’s and PhD in […]Read More Finding an ally: Dr. Matthew Ezzell
Being someone who has always identified as a woman I was raised to be hyper-aware of my surroundings when going out, especially at night and once I got my driver’s license. Constantly looking behind my back as I am walking to and from my car, looking under my car as I walk up to it […]Read More Women’s Safety in Public, Why it’s an Issue.
Menstruation is a biological process that has been stigmatized for centuries. A taboo in most cultures, periods are something people prefer not to talk about, and are encouraged to keep quiet about. My mother had her period, hell, I’m on mine now, and I’m sure my grandmother’s grandmother’s grandmother had her period too. Almost all […]Read More TALKIN BOUT TAMPONS
It really grinds my gears when people say “why is everything made so political” or “I don’t care about politics” when it comes to laws being passed that affect groups of marginalized people. Maybe people will “be less political” once there aren’t laws that affect others based on their bodies and identities. Back in 2019, […]Read More When Will Republicans Stop Targeting Trans People?
Taking on a new viewpoint when exploring the topic of pro-life and anti-abortion.Read More A different perspective on the pro-life movement
Ever since I was little, the “perfect” body type was everywhere. Whether you are walking around the mall or watching TV at home, Victoria Secret ads were unavoidable, flaunting these beautiful (size double 0, I might add) models in our faces. To add insult to injury, once a year we were subjected to the over-the-top […]Read More Body Shaming is so Last Season
Although National Women’s history month has come to an end, we must not forget or neglect the present’s strong women. In today’s blog post, I would like to call to attention the pandemic’s lasting effects and how it has disproportionately affected women. This March marks an entire year since the start of the full-fledged quarantine, […]Read More Covid-19 and Women’s Mental Health
It’s strange to think about how things can affect other things. Something you’ve probably never thought of- climate affecting feminism. Strange concept, but it’s actually a thing. Loosely referred to as climate feminism. What is climate feminism? Easiest way to explain it is through an example. So back in the fall of 2020, between October […]Read More What is Climate Feminism and How to Tackle It
The first and second waves of feminism both wave reached their ends before the beginning of the 21st century. And there has actually been much argument in feminist circles about whether or not there is a third, or even a fourth, wave. So, lets delve into what each of the waves represented and achieved. The […]Read More Waves of Feminism
Let’s discuss what it means to be a feminist today, and yes, it means you can still wear make-up and be girly. Today, I will be introducing a feminist named Deborah Frances-White. Not only is she a well-known feminist, she is also a well-known comdedian, owning her own podcast, The Guilty Feminist. This is one […]Read More Why it’s Time for Women to be Noisy and Annoying
In Our Backyard (Local): The Rockingham County Board (RCB) started and expanded the “Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow” program. The Rockingham County Board is continuing this semester-long program for the high schoolers, but with a twist . This will now offer mentorships in addition to learning about how to be an effective teacher. This means that […]Read More Newsroom Roundup!
Today, March 31, 2021 is international Transgender Day of Visibility. All around the world, transgender and nonbinary people will be recognized today and it is our job as allies and advocates to show up and show them support. Today is an extremely important day, so let’s talk about it! With such an important day, it […]Read More Transgender Day of Visibility
A peek into the life of local business owner Grace Mayer, and how she started her own business.Read More Interview with local business owner Grace Mayer of The Hidden GEM company
One show that has all the fixings for a great but silly story…BUT, there’s a big elephant in the room we need to talk about.Read More Bridgerton, Great Show…But Problematic
When the United States Women’s Soccer team won the world cup in 2019, well-known soccer player Megan Rapinoe proclaimed, “I’m not going to the f*cking White House” when asked if excited about going. This occurred during the Trump administration and Rapinoe has made it very clear that she is no fan of him. However, how […]Read More Is Joe doing his part for the feminist community?
Her face flushed with a look of concern in her eyes, my roommate walked into my apartment a few days ago after seeing the local OB-GYN. “How did it go?” I asked her hesitantly. “It wasn’t my normal woman.” She replied with defeat. “She had a male student check me out instead. He had no […]Read More Yeast Infections, The Least of Our Worries
Local: Digna Barhona, along with local Harrisonburg residents and immigrants Kamilo Rivera and Crimson Solano, will be taking their turn on the D.C hunger strike between April 15th and 17th. They will be joining fellow immigrants on the lawns of D.C to work towards immigration reform to bring attention to the shortcomings of the TPS […]Read More Newsroom Roundup!
I usually never watch the Bachelor, and to be honest, I don’t entertain reality TV shows at all. But once I heard that this season of the Bachelor would be a black man, (bi-racial; but would mainly identify as black) along with Ryan Claytor a JMU alumna being one of his perspective love interest, I […]Read More The Bachelor is Harmful to Women’s Mental Health
Recently, in the United States, there have been many acts of violence, and especially violence against those in the Asian community. These actions and events are not new to those within the Asian community or those who are POC (people of color), but ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the term “Asian […]Read More Atlanta: Gunned down
When you think of nurses, you probably think of intelligent, brave, and selfless people who are on the frontline risking their lives to save others. Even though more men are entering the nursing profession, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 89% of nurses are female. But what if I told you that these […]Read More Our Heroes are Victims
I walk into work and clock in at 4:00pm, and although It hadn’t been the first time a man has argued with me over whether “women have it easier than men” or not, I wasn’t expecting it to come from my coworker. Why is it up to women to explain to men that we live […]Read More How To Explain Patriarchy To A Man, *cough* Boy 101
A brief look at the history of mental health institutions and what sort of treatments were provided.Read More Mental Health. How far we have come, and how far we still have to go.
Pardon me while I fangirl a bit. But the “pulchritude” spelling, “I’m sorry to this man” saying, Millennial Queen Keke Palmer descended upon James Madison University via zoom. The Center for Multicultural Student services hosted Women’s History Month Speaker Keke Palmer on Mar. 17, 2021. And the gag is, Ms. Lauren Keyana Palmer dropped numerous […]Read More Keke Palmer Event Recap
So, I had to do an analysis of an advertisement for one of my classes this week and I picked this ad: The Ad I like the colors, the representation and the message – that you don’t NEED to shave these parts of your body. I was also interested in analyzing how structures of power […]Read More Hairy Expectations
This past week in news: Local: On Thursday, Mary Baldwin University (MBU) responded to claims that one of their women’s basketball players used racial slurs during a January 30th game against William Peace University. In the MBU statement, ““During the investigation we carried out in conjunction with colleagues at WPU, our administrators carefully reviewed video […]Read More Newsroom Roundup
We’ve all pretty much grown up with the idea of the gender binary. You know, the idea that there are simply two genders and whatever gender you are lies within your chromosomes or whatevers in your pants. Then, once you’ve been assigned that gender, you have roles and expectations that you must fulfil. Honestly, this […]Read More America and the history of gender binaries
James Madison has been honoring the celebratory month with a series of virtual events throughout March. The first event on March 2nd, titled “Latina Leadership Experience” consisted of a women’s panel conversing on silencing gender, age, ethnicity, and cultural biases in leadership positions. “D.E.E.P. Dialogue: Human Trafficking” followed the next day, where Impact Diversity Educators […]Read More Happy Women’s History Month from yours truly, JMU
Say her name: Sarah Everard. Sarah was a 33-year old woman who worked as a marketing executive that lived in South London. On March 3rd, she left a friend’s house around 9 p.m. to head back home for the night. Unfortunately, she never made it home. After an exhaustive search, her remains were found in […]Read More The Deplorable Story of Sarah Everard
The issue regarding abortions has been a huge controvery within recents years. Those who agree with the pro-life stance which opposes abortion and those who agree with the pro-choice stance which advocates for abortion rights and legalizing abortions have had an intense fued going on for years. Recently, more and more states have been banning […]Read More Arkansas’ new abortion law
For those who don’t know, Soledad O’Brien is a widely known journalist and documentarian, and she now is the host of her own talk show! Her new talk show called, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, aires live on matteroffact.tv. The show uncovers and explores the ongoing problems America is facing today, such as: racial […]Read More Soledad O’Brien’s “Matter of Fact Listening Tour”
I am someone who, since a young age, LOVED being very feminine, and a “girly-girl”, if you will. I love make-up, I love clothes, and I LOVE style. Home videos of a four-year-old me show me trying on lipstick and high-heels! Unfortunately, make-up and certain clothes can cause stares, rolling eyes, and snickers, from both […]Read More DRESS HOW YOU WANT, LIVE HOW YOU WANT, AND MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS
The beautiful, carefree Vanessa Hudgens is captured meditating on her yoga mat on top of a mountain in the warmth of the glowing sunset beaming off her clear, soft skin. As she stretches into her yoga poses while joyfully looking out into the horizon, a narrative lists “Nexplanon may cause mood swings, nervousness, depressed mood, […]Read More Women: the beasts of burden for birth control
The 2021 Grammys rewarded the three biggest awards of the year to women. Two women in particular, for the first time in Grammys history, were the first women to receive these awards.Read More 2021 Grammys- The Women Win Big
Identifying as a feminist is still seen as a polarizing distinction to make these days. Or at least from where I’m standing. People who have never had to personally confront the reality of our country’s violent history seem to be eager to move on from accepting responsibility for the racist and male dominated fabric of […]Read More Women’s Access to Health; Why So Tricky?
The tragic and violent ending that Sarah Everard endured on March 3rd while walking home in South London was a sickening reminder of the violence that many women face and that many of us fear. Despite the abundance of precautions, she took in order to keep herself safe, her life was unfairly taken from her […]Read More Violence Against Women
In the wealthiest nation in the world, Black women are dying in childbirth at rates of those in poorer colonized nations. At alarming numbers, Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy related causes in comparison to white women, which has caused the overall rate of pregnancy related deaths to […]Read More The Health Care System is Failing Black Women
We’ve all heard time and time again “one size fits all,” and we all know very well that this is a fallacy. Especially during Covid with online shopping, it has become increasingly challenging for plus size women or any women above a size two to find a comfortable fit accurately. My friend came into my […]Read More Still waiting for the Fashion Industry to be Inclusive
“You have straight A’s…it doesn’t seem like you really need any help.” I felt the pressure of the superintendents’ gazes locked in on me, scanning for any potential flaws I might have. I thought to myself: hell yeah, and started playing Beyoncé in my head: “post up, flawless.” The problem was not apparent to the […]Read More No one’s paying attention to women with ADHD
Ok I try to keep it lighthearted in my blogs but today it might get heavy and since no one is talking about it enough, I will…Violence against Asian Amerians. This isn’t a new issue but it has gotten out of control recently since the pandemic and it needs to end now. I am not […]Read More Stop Asian Hate
In honor of Women’s History Month, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight the most influential feminist movements leading to modern-day feminism in America. As a feminist myself, I think it is important to learn about the foundations of feminism and redefine what it means to be a feminist in the 21st century. The […]Read More Recap on the History of Feminism
Let us talk about the wide spectrum of opinions about the topic of birth control pills. On one side, you have people viewing the pill as a way to choose what one woman chooses to do with their body. It could be looked at as a contraceptive, a way to regulate one’s period, a way […]Read More Not All Gynos are Feminists
Braids are in now- you’ll see them on anyone; white people, black people, hispanic people, etc. Wearing braids, especially in America, has because a topic of controversy. Braids seemed to come into mainstream fashion as white women began wearing them for magazine shoots and movies, but what about their cultural significance? It seems that people […]Read More BRAID APPROPRIATION
On February 28th of 2021, Dinwiddie County Board of Supervisors declared the honorees of the Hometown Heroes. The honorees of 2021 were Carolyn Smith and John Bonner. Smith and Bonner both lived in Dinwiddie County and they were applauded for their dedication to the community. The establishment of Hometown Heroes began in 2015 as a […]Read More News round-up
Happy Women’s History Month!! in honor of this magnificent month, I wanted to highlight some amazing women of color that have impacted the world for the better.Read More Important Women in History
I write this post whilst listening to a song that she showed me, stealing glances at my phone to see the sweet messages she sends me, and attempting to ignore the butterflies in my stomach that she gives me. Ella Fitzgerald’s voice ever so beautifully twirls around my head as I think of her, This ideology, otherwise known as “binegativity,” (Klesse, 2011) is a cultural concept […]Read More FALLING IN LOVE, BUT AT WHAT COST?
The “standards” of beauty and our self-perceptions are heavily influenced by pop-culture itself. On screen, for many celebrities they have to meet high expectations but off screen is a different story for many celebrities. This blog will uncover the various ways the media has a direct and indirect influence on femininity and exploitation of women […]Read More Time to Rethink Postfeminist Pop Culture