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
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.
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.
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 […]Read More My Semester as a Feminist
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
Happy 4/20, y’all! Whether or not you are part of the 55 million Americans that regularly smoke, I hope you’re spending your day in true stoner fashion: relaxing on your couch, crushing through bags of chips while marathoning Broad City. But today isn’t all about getting high and vegging out. For the past few decades, […]Read More Marijuana Legalization is a Feminist Issue
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
I’ll be listing out my favorite methods of self-care to remind you all to follow suit, give you new ideas, or even just provide a space for suggestions of your own!Read More Mindful without a Full Mind
Are you the Beyonce of your group? Or are you more of an RBG? Find out below.Read More Which Influential Feminist Are You, According to Your Zodiac Sign
This week’s post comes to you from @devilwearsgoodwill and @ElectriqLady Local News James Madison Center for Civic Engagement “Arc of Citizenship” Tour Over the weekend the JMU Center for Civic Engagement took students and members of the Harrisonburg community on their Arc of Citizenship tour. The tour allowed for all those involved to witness historical sites […]Read More Spring into ShoutOut! News
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 […]Read More When Is It Enough? The Attack on Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Ilhan Omar
On Wednesday April 10th I attended the University Health Center’s second annual Men & Violence Panel in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The five panelists were Dr. Tim Miller, Dr. Steve Grande, Dr. Hakseon Lee, Jordan Todd, and Ross Erb. The purpose of this event is to promote the fact that sexual assault and […]Read More University Health Center Presents: Men & Violence
At my job, my supervisor had us write out personal mission statements for ourselves. The concept was broad, she wanted us to include what we wanted to, but the idea was the same for all of us: Define your identity and purpose and include what is important to the way you want to live. I […]Read More Sharing your Story.
There is a unwavering hype behind current and past prime-time shows such as Friends and Grey’s Anatomy. Friends, with 10 seasons, focuses on the friendship of six young-adults while navigating life in New York. Grey’s Anatomy is the longest running prime-time medical drama and continues follows the lives of surgeons in Seattle, Washington. Both shows’ […]Read More How Our Favorite Shows Defy Our Real Concerns
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 […]Read More Feminism 101: A Beginners Guide to Feminist Terminology
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 […]Read More Game of Thrones is Coming Back! In Case You Forgot About Our Favorite Fictional Females, Here is My Top Four.
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 […]Read More JMU football player accused of false imprisonment of a woman and Ariana Grande accused of queer-baiting: feminist news stories of this week
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 […]Read More Sharing the Table with Sexism: Let’s End Discrimination in Food Service
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 […]Read More Brunei? Oh my…
“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 […]Read More D.E.E.P Impact Cultural Series Presents: Feminista Jones
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 […]Read More Shifting Space
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 […]Read More Take Care of Our Caretakers!
Happy April Fools Day! Pranks, laughter, and jokes are all part of the fun of today! With that being said, not all jokes are funny. In fact, some jokes can just be hurtful, inappropriate, and in general, should not be said. Rape jokes and misogynistic humor is something that should bring about negative awareness. When […]Read More 22-YEAR OLD WHITE MALE TELLS SEXIST JOKE & GETS A DATE… April fools!
My best girlfriend recently went through a bad breakup and handled it in a way that happens oh too often. She had been seeing this guy for a few months and things were getting very serious. It was to the point where heavy topics like kids and marriage – you know, stuff you’d talk about […]Read More Listen Up Ladies, This Has Got to Stop
America is ready for a gay president, especially if it’s Mayor Pete.Read More GET HIP TO PETE BUTTIGIEG, LIKE, NOW
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) […]Read More Tattoos and Assumptions
We often talk about the sexualization of women through the male gaze. However, we do not often talk about the ways that this interacts with race through an intersectional lens.
Does the term ‘yellow fever’ sound familiar?Read More Not Your Asian Persuasion
Whether you’re a dog or cat person, I think we can all agree that the killing of innocent kittens is indisputably wrong. Yet, a recent report from a nonprofit organization “White Coat Waste Project” has detailed the cruel and unusual ways that the U.S government is funding the Department of Agriculture to test and kill […]Read More Let’s Stop Killing Kittens!
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 […]Read More What Feminists Are Into This Week
While therapy and medications are baselines for many people with mental health struggles, adopting an ESA can supplement recovery in joyful, sustainable ways.Read More A Tail of EmPAWerment: Dedicated to My Emotional Support Dog
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 […]Read More More Than Marriage and Motherhood
In light of the modern day #MeToo movement centered around the hashtag and survivors standing up together and sharing their stories, I wanted some deeper insight. Last year around this time I wrote a news article for one of my journalism classes in which I tried to capture the essence of the #MeToo movement, its […]Read More #MeToo – Moment or Movement? A conversation with Dr. Matthew Ezzell
According to a poll taken by the Washington Post, only 43% of American women consider themselves to be feminists. Unsurprisingly, the rates of men who consider themselves feminists are even lower, sitting at a mere 23%. So whats the sitch? Do a majority of Americans actually refute the concept of equality of the sexes? I think […]Read More If You Don’t Consider Yourself a Feminist, Are You Anti-Equality?
For the second year in a row, Virginia is placing a focus on our nation’s female heroes. This weeklong event (March 17-March 23) strategically occurs during Women’s History Month and is meant to recognize the women who have sacrificed and served in the armed forces. This goes along with Women’s History Month, where we recognize […]Read More Women Veterans Week: Honoring Our SHE-roes
@EndlessRipples and @LivingHumanGirl coming at you live from NEWSROOM!Read More March Madness! News Edition
Disclaimer: This topic is serious and heavy. I am by no means an expert but I stand by my words and opinions. I am not Muslim nor from the Middle East, but this topic affects many that are close to me. To read more opinions on this topic from previous shoutout bloggers, Click Here. In […]Read More Where Terror Lives
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 […]Read More Sexualizing, Objectifying, and Disrespecting Women DOESN’T Make You LUCKY
Saoirse Ronan (1994 – present) Born to Irish immigrants in New York, Ronan moved to Dublin, Ireland at the age of three and was raised Irish. This young actress has the impressive accomplishment under her belt of having earned three Oscar nominations by the age of 23. Saoirse shared her thoughts on Feminism at this […]Read More 5 Badass Irish Women to Celebrate This St. Patrick’s Day
We’re only a week away from the seasons officially changing. Spring is coming and the sun’s energy and warmth is finally pushing through. With this change it feels like I’m being dragged out of that deep, dark tunnel I’ve unfortunately had to dwell in these past few months. This tunnel is figurative of course. […]Read More The Sun Will Set Only to Rise Again: Battling Seasonal Affective Disorder
Let’s talk about books, better yet let’s talk about voices. To be perfectly honest with you I still don’t openly call myself a feminist, because I can’t seem to privately call myself one without feeling a bit of unrest. In order to pinpoint the reason for this unrest and try to see if I can […]Read More Their Eloquent Rage: Voices of the “Angry” Woman
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
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?
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
Welcome to this semester’s first newsroom! We are back with your weekly updates so get excited! JMU Women’s Soccer: The JMU women’s soccer team beat St. John’s (2-1) in double-overtime during their season opener. Often, women sports teams go unrecognized and do not receive the same attention as men’s teams. When looking for information, on […]Read More Newsroom