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My Semester as a Feminist

Disclaimer: I will probably irritate someone reading this, but I need to be honest. I never considered myself a feminist, until being a part of ShoutOut!. Now I would say I am a feminist, but it’s not something I would shout from the mountain tops. And no, it’s not because I’m embarrassed or ashamed; it’s […]

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Supreme Court Will Hear Cases From LGBTQ People Experiencing Employment Discrimination

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 […]

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Every Day Is Earth Day

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 […]

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A Right Not A Luxury

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 […]

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GOOD(BYE) FRIDAY!

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, […]

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When Is It Enough? The Attack on Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Ilhan Omar

On April 12, 2019, Courtney Hagle, @CourtneyHagle on Twitter, shared a post highlighting the Fox News “obsessive coverage” of congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. While watching Fox News for six weeks, 42 days, she was able to pick out at least 3,181 times AOC was mentioned. From February 25th to April 7th, by her account, there wasn’t […]

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Feminism 101: A Beginners Guide to Feminist Terminology

If you are here reading “Shoutout!”, chances are you consider yourself a feminist. Or maybe you don’t like labels, but you do believe that regardless of gender or sex, everybody deserves equal opportunities- especially those who have been historically and institutionally oppressed.  Regardless, like any movement, Feminism has a lot of jargon and topics that […]

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Game of Thrones is Coming Back! In Case You Forgot About Our Favorite Fictional Females, Here is My Top Four.

Since its premier in 2011 the HBO series, Game of Thrones has been a huge hit with all different sorts of audiences. For those who don’t know, the show chronicles the most powerful families in a medieval fantasy world on their quest to gain the Iron Throne. The first episode of the show’s last season […]

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JMU football player accused of false imprisonment of a woman and Ariana Grande accused of queer-baiting: feminist news stories of this week

Co-written by @wranglergirl1 Local News JMU Football Player Pleads No Contest After False Imprisonment Charge JMU is back at it again with sexual assault cases. Senior football player, Riley Stapleton, has plead no contest to false imprisonment of a woman in Pennsylvania. He held her in the bathroom at a mutual friends birthday party and […]

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Sharing the Table with Sexism: Let’s End Discrimination in Food Service

Like most college students, I sometimes need some extra cash.  Let’s face it: higher education is financially burdensome, which explains why 85% of American university students work on top of school.  My position is more privileged than most.  Without working during the semester, I could get by thanks to my scholarship and my family’s college […]

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Brunei? Oh my…

Brunei, a small southeast Asian country has made international headlines this week. If you haven’t heard, Brunei has imposed laws that will allow for gay sex to be punishable with death by stoning. YES, you actually read correctly. These newly implemented Sharia laws were put on hold for around four years due to international outrage and […]

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D.E.E.P Impact Cultural Series Presents: Feminista Jones

“Each semester, DEEP Impact holds Cultural Series events that feature prominent speakers, performers, and films that have made a significant contribution to diversity. These events are tailored towards larger audiences to promote diversity awareness and education. Cultural Series events offer personal anecdotes or visual representations related to various social identities.” On April 4, 2019, James […]

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Shifting Space

One thing that makes students feel comfortable to say what is on their mind is when a teacher or professor maintains a safe space in his, her, or their classroom. Personally, I have been in many classrooms that have felt like a safe space for me to share all of my opinions and thoughts. The […]

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Take Care of Our Caretakers!

On Sunday March 23rd, an annual event called Women in Focus was held at the Court Square Theater. Each year the event focuses on women in some aspect. This year they concentrated on female caregivers such as women who care for their aging parents. Alzheimer’s disease runs in my mother’s side of the family. Both […]

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Tattoos and Assumptions

When you guys last heard from me, I was giving you a review of my new favorite book, After by Anna Todd. In that post, I opened up a discussion about how people see tattoos and piercings. This got me thinking more about that topic since I myself have three (soon to be four, sorry mom) […]

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What Feminists Are Into This Week

Local News Annual event called “Women in Focus” held at the Court Square Theater: Harrisonburg has an annual event that focuses on Women’s issues. Last year the focus was on women in the work field. This year the focus was on female caregivers. People usually concentrate on the person they are caring for, but this […]

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More Than Marriage and Motherhood

Recently, I have been exposed to the “traditional” expectations of women in their twenties. As a graduating senior, every question I receive revolves around a love interest or the eventual existence of children. These questions are then followed by congratulatory remarks of getting this far without offspring or disappointment for my lack of immediate interest […]

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Sexualizing, Objectifying, and Disrespecting Women DOESN’T Make You LUCKY

Happy St. Patty’s friends! Today I want to talk a little bit about a class discussion I participated in this past Monday. We were blessed to be around the presence of Cate Palczewski, as she informed us about the positives and negatives of pornography. When I reflect back on the reading (Palczewski Reading.pdf), I dive […]

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I, too, am JMU: Student Government Diversity Committee’s 3rd Annual Inclusion Event

ICYMI: JMU Student Government Association’s Diversity Committee put on their third annual “I, Too, Am JMU” inclusion event this past Tuesday, March 11th, 2019. The event was first started in the spring semester of 2017 by previous Diversity Ad-Hoc Committee* Chair, Jewel Hurt, who based it off of “I, Too, Am Harvard,” which was a […]

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Spring Cleaning My Mind

I just transferred to JMU this semester from Blue Ridge Community College. Last semester I was constantly anxious about getting into JMU, making good grades, and (ironically enough) not getting too anxious. I had to put in a lot of effort to raise my GPA to get into JMU. I didn’t do well my freshman […]

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A Letter to My Freshman Self

Hey, you! It’s you…from the future. Here to offer you a bit of advice, hope, and overall real-ness. It’s March, which means your freshman year is just about to end. You’re celebrating spring break and you’re probably reflecting on how fast this first year of college went by. It feels good to be home, doesn’t […]

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