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Fear: holiday dinner

*Trigger warning for people that have suffered from an eating disorder* “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” well for some. Christmas dinner, a joyous event, eating delicious food surrounded by your loved ones. An event that most suffering from an eating disorder dread instead of look forward to. With a lack of control […]

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Are abortion rights an ENVIRONMENTaL issue?

The new pro-life argument in the abortion debate. Following the recent election results, the anti-abortion population has developed a new approach in their fight for pro-life. Interestingly enough, their new argument is based on the environment. Generally a democratic concern, these right-wingers are now showing “care” towards the environment. However, this newly professed concern for […]

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Ways to Feminize this Thanksgiving

Turkey, Cranberries, a heated political discussion, pumpkin pie…aahh all the staples of a classic Thanksgiving Dinner. A holiday a lot of us are now fortunate enough to know as a day of thanks, did not start off that way. Although I understand many are already familiar with the harsh realities of Thanksgiving, it is important […]

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“You Play Like a…”

Growing up, I was a dedicated tomboy. I loved soccer, video games, and Pokemon. Going into each recess I knew I had the choice to play sports with the boys or crafts with the girls. No matter what I chose, I knew I would be accepted into each group. This allowed me to find different […]

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Newsroom

LOCAL NEWS:  Harrisonburg High School students hold walkout in response to Gov. Younkin’s policies Repercussions of the policy concern students of Harrisonburg High School, stating that this action could create a potentially dangerous environment for school youth rooted in transphobia, seeking to harm trans and nonbinary youth. Teachers and school staff may forcibly “out” students […]

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WHAT’S A WINE MOM?

There’s a new slang term going around calling mothers who fit the bill a “wine mom”. The term came to be recently as mothers have been posting more openly about their struggles with parenthood and being overworked in their every day lives. Some see her as a good time, even the life of the party. […]

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How to thrive single life

Have you been asked by people why you’re still single? Or asked constantly if you’re dating or talking to someone? I have.  There is constant pressure for people to be dating or in a relationship, I know I’ve felt that pressure. While being in a relationship may be beneficial in some aspects, you don’t always […]

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Skinny Shaming And Body Image

Since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2017, which is a disease that causes my body to not be able to absorb gluten or the proper nutrients, I have always been on the underweight side. This has caused many issues throughout my everyday life, including developing an eating disorder, comments being made by everyone around […]

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NEWSROOM ROUNDUP 11/9

Local news: Midterm elections were on November 8, 2022. Regarding the state of Virginia, there were record-high numbers in voting compared to midterm elections in previous years. Virginians had the option to vote early in person by Nov. 5. and could mail-in ballots postmarked by Nov. 8. 799,099 people in Virginia voted early. This value […]

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“You’re a B****”

Have you ever been a called a b****? If you’re a girl or who has friends that are girls, you probably have heard the term thrown around here and there. But is being called a b**** really a bad thing? Yes, the word is considered an insult but it doesn’t always have to mean that. […]

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Fabulousness

The first thing that happens when you are born is being assigned a “gender”. If you are born a male, the societal expectation is you will grow up to be a “masculine man” and vice versa for females. Yet for some people, it is not this simple because that is not how they wish to […]

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Going to the gym as a woman

Throughout high school, I was very active. I played both field hockey and lacrosse. When I got to JMU and decided not to join any sports, I wanted to continue my fitness, however, the University Recreation Center at JMU always had me wanting to draw away. I usually only worked out in training for the […]

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Do you need help with that?

I always find myself procrastinating the gym for a million reasons. I am too tired, I don’t feel well, and most importantly I don’t want to embarrass myself. I would love to learn how to lift weights and I know that many women including my friends love to life weights at the gym. I am […]

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The Hole is not the whole

An exploration into the concept of “Clitoracy” My roommate is a women and gender studies minor, so we often get into great discussions about the overlap of the things we learn in classes. Recently, she introduced me to a ted talk from a woman named Sophia Wallace about the concept of Clitoracy. This was a […]

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Vote: use your voice

The next general election in Harrisonburg, VA is coming up this November, 8th! As citizens of the United States, individuals are given the ability to vote for people that represent their ideals and needs in society. Although we are lucky to have this power, there is a damanging misconception individuals have about our democracy, that […]

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Down-There Care

It’s time for an update! The last time I heard about vaginal care was in a middle school classroom and consisted of awkwardly seeing a pad for the first time. If you’re like me, sex-ed left me confused, scared, and quite honestly kind-of grossed out. You would think that sex-ed would better prepare us for […]

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Let Them Be Free

So as some of you may have heard, Virginia’s Governor Glenn Youngkin has introduced a policy that requires schools to categorize transgender children by their ‘biological sex” and ban students from using different pronouns without their parent’s permission.  Now first let me say, no I am not a part of the LGBTQ+ community, but I […]

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Newsroom Round up October 28th, 2022

For this weeks newsroom roundup we discussed the local news of an all woman staffed charity celebration, the national concern of voter ID laws for the upcoming election, and the global headline of Brittney Griner’s appeal being denied. All of these news stories were presented and discussed with a feminist lense, and hopefully this recap […]

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Street Harassment: A Problem That Needs Legal Regulation!

*Content Warning: The following blog contains content about street harassment that can be triggering for some. Have you ever had unwelcome comments, gestures, or acts directed at you by a stranger? I have many times.  This is street harassment. Street harassment means disrespectful, offensive, or threatening statements, gestures, or other conduct directed at an individual […]

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now more than ever… Vote!

As the divide between political parties increases, and the tensions of our current political climate become more dangerous, it is important now more than ever to participate and vote in local, state, and national elections. Next week on November 8, incumbent Elaine Luria or opponent Senator Jen Kiggans will be elected to serve in the […]

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HALLOWEEN: THE SADDEST HOLIDAY

For the purpose of this article, I anonymously surveyed 30 participants ranging in age from 18-25. All quotes used in this piece are from the anonymous survey.  As a child, Halloween was the most liberating and exciting night of the year. I simply was obsessed. Playing dress up was part of my everyday life as […]

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Fat Stigma in Healthcare

There is a negative relationship between healthcare and women. You can take an intersectional approach to this topic and see how womanhood along with other identities can impact one’s relationship with doctors and healthcare. Identities and appearances can impact the quality of healthcare that one gets. Larger women are a group who experiences a negative […]

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Newsroom roundup October 21, 2022

Welcome to this week’s Newsroom roundup! This week we discussed local, national, and global news. We discussed a shooting in Harrisonburg, VA, Tina Kotek running to be the first lesbian governor, and the fight to stop street harassment. We discuss these three topics from a feminist view. Hope you all enjoy it! LOCAL NEWS This […]

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WOMEN IN THEATRE

The theatre industry advocates for political, environmental, and social reform in renowned ways. Actors often speak out against injustices in the United States, representing a diverse and ethical group of people. For example, The Tony Award-winning revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic Oklahoma is the first Broadway show in history to join Gun Neutral, […]

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how can men practice the work of feminism?

Many people, when they think of feminism or a “feminist”, imagine a woman practicing the work of feminism or fighting for women’s rights. However, feminism would fail to exist without men, and in different ways, can benefit from male contributions/interactions. Without the societal dominance of masculine culture, feminism would be faced with no challenges to […]

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What is Period poverty?

Have you ever started your period and had to use a dirty rag in order to control the bleeding? The answer for most people would most likely be “no.” But for some women who live below the poverty line, and cannot afford products such as pads or tampons, this might be their only option when […]

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An Interview with dr. alemán

I got the opportunity to speak with a faculty member right here at James Madison University. I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Melissa Alemán and was able to get an inside scoop on various feminist topics. Here I will present some of our questions and answers and have linked her JMU faculty page […]

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Newsroom Roundup October 7, 2022

Welcome to this week’s Newsroom roundup! This week we discussed current events at the local, national, and global scale through a feminist view; specifically, we discussed trans students’ rights in Virginia schools, domestic abuse, and women’s right to education in Afghanistan. Local News In mid September, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announced a new policy that […]

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Safe Sex is Hot Sex

“Do I have to wear one,” he whines. “I don’t like the way it feels, and I bet you feel better”.  You panic inside, and hesitate for a moment, because will he leave if you say no? Will he still try to persuade you, until you finally give in just so he’ll shut up and […]

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