We all know or at least should be aware that women often struggle in the workplace. This struggle includes a lack of respect, harassment and unequal pay. These issues occur in large business firms, universities, law firms, and even in sports. https://www.barewalls.com/posters-art-prints/unequal-opportunity.html Today I want to bring to light how unfairly women have been treated […]Read More Slow Grind Better Than No Grind!
Often, people believe that wearing a t-shirt or a hat with a feminist slogan makes them a feminist, but this is false. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe that wearing feminist clothing is a great way to express oneself and support feminist efforts. I too, have a collection of feminist t-shirts. However, feminism is […]Read More Commercial Feminism
Dear Professors of this P.W.I. (@JMU) “Well, I can see that you’re female, and I can also see that you’re black.” “Did you know your last name was a slave last name?” “I loved pointing out to my racist father we too had a black person’s last name.” “Do you know what PWI means? You […]Read More Dear Professors of This P.W.I. (@JMU)
Live… Work… POSE! When I first started watching ‘Pose’ I did not know what to expect. All I knew was that it was created by Ryan Murphy. I figured since I was such a fan of his other shows, such as ‘Glee’ and ‘American Horror Story,’ I would check out his latest project. So, I […]Read More Why ‘Pose’ Is More Than Just A Show
Not everyone wants to have children, and that is perfectly fine. But those who do, especially for men who do, why are you so mad about having daughters? In pop culture today, we are swamped with “gender reveals.” For those who live under a rock, a “gender reveal” is a party thrown by the parents-to-be […]Read More Your Gender Reveal Parties Are Weird
The stares, eyes rolling and snickered whispering. We keep walking as if nothing’s wrong. As if we’re not being completely victimized from head to toe. Crop tops, short skirts, booty shorts…any women who dares to wear this type of clothing is considered a slut, a whore, she’s a HOE. I LOVE clothes. Styling different things […]Read More IF YOU’VE GOT IT, DON’T BE AFRAID TO FLAUNT IT
I have looked up to Miley Cyrus since I was a preteen. Not only as an iconic performer but as a role model. I know how that might seem, but hear me out. She has made some mistakes along the way, but that is the whole point about growing up and learning. She has had […]Read More “It’s our party we can love who we want”
Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office responded to a gun-related incident in Fulk’s Run this past Saturday. Two people suffered gunshot injuries but nothing life threatening, one was transported to UVA Medical and the other to Sentara RMH. The incident is thought to be a domestic dispute, but the investigation is ongoing. You can read the article […]Read More NEWSROOM
I joined a kickboxing/self defense class at the beginning of the school year. YEP! This was my year to become stronger mentally and physically. Eager to soak up all the new kick moves and punching combinations, I arrived to a kickboxing gym that reminded me of the one in the Napoleon Dynamite movie. (Does anyone […]Read More The Ultimate Beatdown
Let’s all close our eyes and take ourselves back to the 5thgrade. It’s time for that sex-education health class everyone has been talking about for weeks. Some of your friends are not going because their parents “are not comfortable” with them learning about sex just yet even though every song on their childs’ Ipod Nano […]Read More LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX BABY
When you sit down to play a new game, that has garnered a lot of attention and accolades there is a lot of excitement and anticipation for that title screen to first greet your eyes. As I got older a lot of the excitement and anticipation for new games has dwindled, I kept asking the […]Read More Connecting with a Character
The gym can be an intimidating space for many people, especially for women. If you search “gym anxiety” on google, countless articles, chat threads, and videos show up offering advice on how to overcome gym anxiety. Through all of these articles, the one thing that stood out the most was how a lot of authors […]Read More Gym Anxiety? Nah, Just Sexism.
Ahhh, politics. Not everyone’s favorite topic, but as they quite literally govern our world, they’re important. With the 2020 election on the horizon, a pending impeachment of the sitting President, and international climate change strikes being spearheaded by children, there’s a lot to talk about. And no one loves to talk more than American conservative […]Read More “Final Thoughts” on Tomi Lahren
To whom this may concern, I want to say that “seeing is believing” isn’t appropriate or necessary in many situations. From the time I started to receive excruciating migraines in 7th grade, the number one thing people needed to verify was that I wasn’t “faking” it. All I ever wanted was to be accepted for […]Read More A note from a student with invisible illness
As a young child, it was made very clear to me that cursing should not be a part of my vocabulary because there are better ways to express myself. And, for the first 12 years of my life, I wholeheartedly believed that. That is until I stubbed my toe eliciting a loud “SHIT”, followed by […]Read More Talk Like a Lady…Fuck That
Local James Madison news consists of many sports updates, scores, charts, etc. But the sport that I never would expect to be at the top of the list was the Women’s Golf Team. To be honest, I never knew JMU even had one. The Women’s Golf Team scored 11th overall in their invitational in South […]Read More Newsroom
*Warning this article talks about sexual assault and rape and it may be triggering for some readers* When a woman wants to have a drink or two, they should not have to live in fear that they are going to be raped. Across the globe, but particularly America, drunk women often are assault or rape, […]Read More Women get Rape because of Rapist
Feminist. It’s no secret there’s a stigma surrounding the word, even since its earliest usage dating back to the 1800s, there has always been a negative connotation that comes along with it. That being said I’d like everyone to just do me a quick favor. Take a moment to locate the nearest phone, laptop or […]Read More “You don’t seem like a feminist though”
As Sunday scaries have inevitably set in and the dread of upcoming assignments has fogged the lens that allow us to see what is most important; curating the best pregame playlist a Thursday night has ever seen. As a night out approaches, and the sprint to get ready is in full force, those songs that […]Read More Girls’ Night Out Anthems 2019
I don’t hate chicken; I just refuse to eat hate chicken.Read More Chick-fil-A Boycott
Harsher Punishments For Rapists TW: Sexual assault, violence and mentions of self harm On September 10th, 2019, a viral video of a rapist surfaced on the internet The video showed a man being castrated by pit bulls, begging for help and in deep sweat It was extremely disturbing and hard to watch to say the […]Read More HARSHER PUNISHMENTS FOR RAPISTS!
For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled finding clothes to fit my body type. The first time I realized that I couldn’t wear the same clothes as everyone else, I was in sixth grade. It was my best friend’s birthday and her mom took me and four other girls to the mall for […]Read More It’s Time for the Fashion Industry to Represent ALL Bodies
Welcome back! Here is your afternoon briefing… JMU Students and Faculty participate in global Climate Strike On Friday (9/20/19), around 400 students and faculty walked out of their classes and jobs to stand on the Wilson Hall steps joining in on the global climate strike. They then marched downtown to demand action in preventing climate […]Read More Newsroom
For those of you reading who are not involved with music, specifically the marching arts, I would like to enlighten you on some of the specific section cultures. In the marching arts world, two sections stick out when it comes to gender equality, or lack thereof. Those would be the drumline and the color guard. […]Read More Unfamiliar Cultures: The Feminine Side of Drumline & Masculine Side of Color Guard
FEMINIST. A warrior that encompasses an underlying meaning of hope, strength and an overflowing amount of support. For others, this word brings up feelings of hatred and disgust. But for most, brings fear and disturbance. So how? How can just an eight-letter word deliver such a whirlwind of emotions? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines feminism as, […]Read More WELCOME TO THE LAND OF BADASSES
Listen Linda, we need to talk. (this is the punchline, everything after this sentence is ridiculously serious.) Initially, I was ecstatic hearing about an all Asian cast for the best selling movie, Crazy Rich Asians. When I watched it the first time, I cried because I felt like I could relate. Women like Constance Wu […]Read More “Yellow Fever”: Crazy Rich Asians
Larry Nassar shocked the nation as sexual assault accusations began to arise through many different newscasts. For years after years, he tormented women of all ages in the gymnastics world. He really got away with it for so long due to the lack of justice throughout his years as a gymnastics doctor. It is evident […]Read More Getting Away with 20+ Years of Sexual Assault
Weekends are the best. After a long week of stress and showing up to class with greasy hair and the same t-shirt you wore to bed, THE WEEKEND IS YOUR TIME TO POP OUT SIS! The weekend routine is simple for us college gals. Friday mornings start with several texts in the group chat with […]Read More Who Do YOU Know Here?
Let me start by saying, I am not explicitly stating that Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a mirror image of our society today (obviously, or I wouldn’t be typing this), but that it addresses many controversial subjects in an indirect way from America today. If you have ever seen the show, you know it’s difficult […]Read More THE HANDMAIDS TALE: FACT OR FICTION?
Have you ever looked at hair and wondered, “Why do I shave this?”. For women, shaving isn’t just about “being clean” but keeping up with the gendered expectation that females should shave their legs and underarms. Society says that women should practically be hairless everywhere except their head, because if you don’t follow the rules […]Read More Why Should I Care If I Have Hair?
Welcome to back to Newsroom! Here’s what’s happening in the world… Danica Roem at JMU: This past week, the Madison Caucus for Gender Equality hosted an event with guest speaker Danica Roem. Roem is the first transgender delegate in Virginia and she spoke about some of her experiences and how having a positive attitude is […]Read More Newsroom
Fashion. Feminists. Can these two coexist? In past years, it seemed impossible. The fashion industry has often been criticized for using models who are extremely tall and thin, and don’t represent realistic body images for women. Although there has been a movement in recent years to change this, there are still some serious issues. Aerie, […]Read More Fashion Week: Feminists Take Over The Runway
We all know the feeling all too well. It’s late at night, you’re showered and in bed ready to do your final “social media lineup” before turning on your alarms for the morning and setting down your phone. You open up Instagram to see a sea of bright, colorful, happy photos, and the self doubt […]Read More The Instagram Explore Page; The Bane of Every Girl’s Existence
Video games have been a huge part of my life, growing up with three older brothers I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t either watching them, or playing with them. Being the youngest my parents seemed to have given up when I came around. They used to place restrictions on what my older siblings […]Read More Female Representation in Video Games
I figured I should start with a little bit of background and context before we dive into the meat and potatoes of this blog. I’m a sophomore communications major who hasn’t picked their focus yet. I’m a white guy from northern VA. I’m also a member of a fraternity. So, let’s put it all together, […]Read More Gym Talk and Frat Bros, What More Could You Want?
Movies portray Greek life as a community solely focused on getting drunk and having the “college” experience. Most of JMU’s community outside of Greek life believes that this is true, but it is not. There are some women these various stereotypes, however, Greek life at JMU has so many more things to offer beyond parties. […]Read More Buckle up feminist, It’s Rush Week.
For the last four years the media has been covering the overflow of hashtags, trending articles, and buzz surrounding the *shockingly* white, all american swimmer and Stanford freshman, Brock Turner. The increase in coverage occurred when, yet again, our clearly unjust justice system failed us women as a whole and let this coward off with […]Read More Know Her Name
Diana Sanchez is an incarcerated mother who gave birth in her jail cell. Despite notifying guards and medical staff eight to nine times of her contractions and bleeding, she received no medical assistance, giving birth alone on a bench with only an absorbent pad given to her five hours into contractions. Diana is suing the […]Read More The Right to Healthcare Doesn’t Stop in Prison
A peek into a woman’s world. Through the good and the bad she is strong enough to take on the world. Do not underestimate a woman’s strength.Read More We Can Do It
Welcome back, Shoutout! It’s a new semester, and we are so excited to welcome 20 new intelligent and driven bloggers to our team. While we have only met for class twice, we have already gotten to know each other and begin planning all the exciting things to come. This semester, we have a determined coalition […]Read More BACK AT IT AGAIN
@wokewarrior here giving you this semester’s final act. This semester in ShoutOut has been monumental. We’ve accomplished so much this semester. From day one we have championed an unstopped force on this campus. Even from the first day of class we shook shit up. From walk outs on the first day to haters in our […]Read More It’s been real, it’s been fun. Bloggers, its been REAL FUN.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal for employers to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. This week the United States Supreme Court announced that it will hear three cases that will help decide if this Act extends its employment protections to gay and transgendered people. In the past […]Read More Supreme Court Will Hear Cases From LGBTQ People Experiencing Employment Discrimination
In one of my previous blogs I discussed my recent feelings of Impostor Syndrome as a new transfer student this semester. An article from The Chronicle defines impostor syndrome as “an internal experience of intellectual phoniness”. As the semester slowly comes to an end I have been reflecting on it and how my feelings of […]Read More Reflecting on My First Semester at JMU
I am not a perfect ally – in fact, I’m pretty imperfect. The most imperfect, probably. I will probably mess your pronouns up. More than once. But I am learning – please correct me. I will probably forget a letter of the LGBT+ acronym. Please correct me. I will probably say something that […]Read More I am NOT a Perfect Ally
Happy Earth Day everyone! The one day a year that people all around the planet collectively accept their individual responsibilities to care for the world. The first Earth Day was celebrated in the US in the 1970s. The concept went global by the 1990s – it is now celebrated in at least 192 countries! As […]Read More Every Day Is Earth Day
WOW. What a crummy person I am. I am finishing my second year here at JMU and not once did the thought of me being privileged as an able bodied student cross my mind. Well, until now. In 2015, ODS reported that roughly 3% of the students at JMU are registered as having a […]Read More A Right Not A Luxury
As we come to a wrap with the end of this year, I am reflecting on how this class changed my perspective on women and gender studies issues. I was fortunate enough to be in a class this year that initially talked about safe space versus brave space. Our safe space was free from bias, […]Read More GOOD(BYE) FRIDAY!
This past Monday, April 15, 2019, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France was damaged by a devastating fire. The 850-year-old building held a lot of history and it is no doubt a catastrophe that it lost its iconic spire and latticework wooden roof, even with many religious and cultural treasures being saved. While tragic, […]Read More Diving deeper into the Notre Dame fire: a Class and Race Analysis
On March 29th, 2019, University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson was pronounced missing. While standing outside of a bar in Columbia, SC, Josephson got into a black car that she believed to be her Uber. 14 hours later, her body was found 90 miles away in a field in Clarendon County, South Carolina. Her […]Read More All of the Things That Did Not Lead to Samantha Josephson’s Death