I’m baaaaaaaaack for one last time! As I close out the semester and my Diary of an Angry Black Woman trilogy, I want to thank everyone who has read my blog post and supported our blogs this semester. Often, students do not have the opportunity to express themselves on a platform such as this. Thank […]Read More Diary of an Angry Black Woman pt. 3
The Final Word to Women, We are divinely blessed with the gift of intuition, we can generate life and resurrect a life, give it sustenance, and shape the world with our hands…Do you recognize the power within you? https://giphy.com/gifs/young-fangirling-fangirlunnamed-SO4trEzzGYDhCc We are genetically superior, our brains mature faster, the love we give is authentic and fearless, […]Read More The Final Word
In a recent interview, rapper T.I. claimed that he takes his 18 year old daughter to the gynecologist each year to check whether she is still a virgin. These comments led to backlash and criticism, eventually resulting in the “Ladies Like Us” podcast being taken down. In this interview on November 5, 2019, T.I. stated, […]Read More Virginity Is A Patriarchal, Social Construct.
Dear Future Father-In-Law, Surprise! I bet you did not think you would be getting a letter from me, did you? Well, that is just how I am, full of surprises. I wanted to start this letter off by saying thank you. Thank you for being truly awful when talking about me and how you “don’t […]Read More An Open Letter to My Transphobic (Future) Father-In-Law
The 19thAmendment to the Constitution of the United States allowed women the right to vote in 1920. It is 100 years later, and we are only now seeing a rise in women represented in politics. But sadly, we are still extremely underrepresented. For years, women have endured a concerning struggle to reach a concrete level of […]Read More Not Enough Women at the Table
I like to serve piping tea and have a cute conversation but this is some serious business we’re getting into. Let’s talk about fast fashion (mass production of in-trend styles). (Photo Credit: Giphy.com) You would think choices about what is right or wrong would be easy to make. I would rather have fresher air to […]Read More Fast Fashion: Walk the Earth, not the Runway.
Thanksgiving break is a time to relax with family and catch up with old friends. However, it usually ends in debates with close-minded family members and lesson plans for those who are uneducated. If I could be thankful for one thing this past year, it’s the ability to write what I’m feeling and my own […]Read More Oh the Relatives at Thanksgiving Dinner
A woman’s wedding day, a day that is supposed to be filled with compassion and joy for everyone around. And, most of the time it is, and I am not here to say that these traditions still instilled should jeopardize anyone’s happiness. Everyone is free to think and do what they want, my goal is […]Read More 4 Sexist Wedding Traditions You Hadn’t Really Thought About
The laws created echo the continuous struggles of women and other marginalized groups. Laws are the culmination and the realization that our patriarchal society has created from its inception. The laws that have been created by our society came into being during the revolutionary war and the subsequent creation of the Declaration of Independence. These […]Read More Women and Controversial Topics
(Trigger Warning: I speak about sexual assault and suicide. Please do not read if you can’t. Thank you.) South Korea is notorious for its’ music industry: most notably dubbed ‘K-Pop’ or Korean Pop. Kpop has been topping charts worldwide and obtaining awards for many things. Under the glitz and glam of this colorful music comes […]Read More What it means to be a female idol in South Korea.
It is not new information that women experience sexism in the science field. For many, this is “normal” and there cannot be change until there are more women in the field, right? However, no one seems to be talking about the experiences women in the science field have to deal with on a daily basis […]Read More Sexism in Science
Hey fellas. So, if you are like me and you believe in equality then you, too, are a feminist! I know right, kind of a crazy concept but it’s true. Now I will admit that in order to be an effective feminist, there is just a bit more you need to do. With my final […]Read More How to be a Male Feminist
If you read my previous post, you know I talked about how I am obsessed with Love Island (if you have not read it, you should! Then come back to this post.) I always felt like you could not be a feminist, and support these types of shows, but I am learning you can, and […]Read More How to be a Feminist and Watch Love Island
To all the “should and shouldn’t haves” I’ve received and all the things I wish I had said… “You should have covered up more” “You shouldn’t get turned on by my knee caps and shoulder blades” “You shouldn’t have drank so much” “You shouldn’t want to fuck an unconscious body” “You should have […]Read More To-DO List
Feminism and Capitalism Can’t Coexist It’s a corporate trend you see often, companies bringing social justice and advocacy into their marketing platforms. During pride month you see companies like Amazon constantly plastering the rainbow flag all over social media, billboards, and advertisements. Clothing companies like Aerie make body positivity a large part of their advertising […]Read More Feminism and Capitalism Can’t Coexist
I can’t concentrate My mind hanging on by a thread I can’t even think straight My thoughts won’t cooperate Like racing wildfires, they’re so widespread I can’t concentrate Am I gaining weight again? Another diet has been misled I can’t even think straight Wait — What was I thinking about again? I […]Read More Living with ADHD
Hello! The angry black woman is back and in action. Did you miss me? Here is an update since my last post. I have decided to make this a series because several things make me angry as a black woman, and rightfully so. This is a series based on facts and experience. So, let us […]Read More Diary of an Angry Black Woman Pt. 2
Dear Condescending Egotistical Mansplainer, I hope this letter finds you well. Have you already found something you need to correct in it yet? I am sure you have! I just wanted to thank you from the very bottom of my heart for being the perfect embodiment of every woman’s worst nightmare of a man to […]Read More An Open Letter to That Guy in Philosophy Class
The Greatest Hoax of ALL It’s a 300-billion-dollar industry and it’s growing year over year It’s the greatest hoax on women kind spanning earths hemispheres It’s the most extensive marketing scheme packaged with a glittering ribbon It’s number one target of attack, victim, casualty?….WOMEN. https://giphy.com/gifs/cbc-funny-comedy-l1J9zYIsjPAyojfri The wedding industry capitalizes on the dream of “and they […]Read More The Greatest Hoax of ALL
The world has had its’ stupendous amounts of ignorant people that lived since the dawn of men (more like WOMEN). The twenty-first century is no exception to this. When the government is predominantly men, it’s idiotic that they make laws and policies for women’s health care and feminine care when they don’t experience any of […]Read More PMS Jokes Aren’t Funny. Period.
Ever since I got my first period in middle school, I can remember taking countless trips to the bathroom with a pad or tampon shoved in my pocket or up my sleeve feeling an overwhelming sense of shame. Shame. Why was I so ashamed of something that I had no control over? Why did I […]Read More We Need to End the Menstruation Stigma- PERIOD.
For those who do not know, this week is Transgender Awareness Week! Celebrated yearly between November 13th through November 19th, Transgender Awareness Week is used to raise visibility and address issues that the community faces. The day after Transgender Awareness Week is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed November 20th to honor those […]Read More How To Be A Trans* Ally 101
Unfortunately, we live in a society filled with exclusivity and unacceptance. We judge people before really getting to know them and we are uncomfortable by certain things that are not considered the “norm.” This forces me to ask myself, ‘What is normal, anyway?’ BORING. “Normal” is boring. GIF Link Bisexuality is characterized by society as […]Read More Bisexuality: Stigmatized not Accepted
Our whole lives we have had to follow a rubric whether its in education or in our everyday lives. We were taught how to act, how to fit in, how to get an A, how to think; leaving little room to be you. I catch myself always asking myself who I am? Yes, I have […]Read More I Needed To Write This.
I had my big Eat, Pray, Love moment a couple weeks ago. During class, each person of color shared an experience that he or she had dealt with during their time here at JMU. As I felt the attention of my peers shift to me to hear what stories I had to share, I, myself, was looking for the next […]Read More I Know You Are But What Am I?
I want to start with a story that occurred last year and affected me greatly. I do not want to share for any other reason than this is the harsh reality all women face, even in their seemingly safe college town. It is scary to think what might have happened, but it is also important for […]Read More I SHOULND’T BE AFRAID TO WALK ALONE AT NIGHT
For the uninitiated, being a feminist can be hard to wrap your head around. What am I to believe? What am I to think? Am I a feminist? The chances are if you are even asking yourself these questions you are more than likely already a feminist. To help further explore what it means to […]Read More What Does it Mean to be a Feminist?
A recent post I made about gym anxiety and JMU’s recreation center got a lot of attention and great feedback. I would first like to thank everyone for reading and supporting it, I must admit this whole thing is new to me but I was very proud of that post and was amazed at the […]Read More Does UREC Make Exercise A Privilege?
For those of you who do not know, the class that this blog operates with is ‘Feminist Blogging.’ To further thicken the plot, I would like to reveal that I am one of three males in that class. Now, to give you some background information on me, I am from Fairfax, VA. I grew up […]Read More Being a Male Feminist
We all have our guilty pleasures. For some people, it is eating a pint of chocolate ice cream and for some people it is watching their favorite show. My guilty pleasure is watching Love Island. I used to be ashamed to admit that I am obsessed with Love Island as a feminist because it reinforces […]Read More I hate that I love Love Island.
Content Warning: rape and sexual assault. Rape prevention is constantly framed as a woman’s duty. Us, women are always taught to stay in groups when we go out, take self-defense classes, carry pepper spray, and be careful when we are drinking. Everyone knows the “well what were they wearing” cliché, despite the fact that it […]Read More It Doesn’t Matter if You Did Everything “Wrong”
ANTHEMS 4 ALL Nothing gets me to push through that last and final sprint in a workout, grind extra hard once I have made it to the conclusion of a paper and need an extra push, or jam out in the shower while racking up my water bill after a long day of dealing with […]Read More
Why is it that Black communities are at a constant disadvantage? For this blog post, I want you to put yourself in someone of color’s shoes. Ask yourself what your healthcare privileges are and how you benefit from them. It pains me to think about the people that are denied a basic right of healthcare and, therefore are at a higher risk of diseases due […]Read More Health care in the Black Community
Listen, I know we have all heard of the angry black women stereotype. The stereotype that characterizes black women as “aggressive, ill tempered, illogical, overbearing, hostile, and ignorant without provocation.” In today’s media, there is always a depiction of an angry black woman. From reality shows like Real Housewives of Atlanta to movies like Little. After watching […]Read More Diary of an Angry Black Woman
Fruit of the Vine October 30th 9:00AM room 303 of the maternity ward Awaiting the arrival of twins, daddy’s ready to cut the umbilical chords Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Brown, you have a beautiful baby girl Mommy said, “Her soft cry is the sweetest sound in the world” Eleven minutes pass and here comes the arrival […]Read More Fruit Of The Vine
When I was a kid, I loved Halloween. There was nothing better than getting dressed up and going trick or treating with all of the kids in my neighborhood. Even after I got too old for trick or treating, I still loved spending hours creating my own costumes and going to Halloween parties with friends. […]Read More My Costume is NOT Consent
We need feminism. When I say feminism, I mean intersectional feminism. The last thing we need when fighting for equal rights is to realize that the people you are fighting with, are not fighting for you. Being transgender is hard. There are so many people in society that are seeking your demise or blatantly denying your […]Read More TERF War
1. Iraqi security forces open fired on protesters, killing 14 people. These protests are a result of political corruption and economic equality. The majority of protesters are young and feel that the current state of politics makes it so they can’t see a future for themselves. The Iraqi government is denying that any deaths occurred, […]Read More Read all about it: The Burg, Kourtney Kardashian and a few in between
He must have been 75-80 years old. REALLY old, no offense to the creep. Sitting in the back-right corner of the room, he tried to hide his inappropriate tendencies, but I saw everything because they were directed towards me. I saw where his drooping, squinty eyes were wandering and felt the carelessness of his whispering, […]Read More “THEY’RE SO PERKY!”
Growing up, I would pretend to be sick so my mom would have to bring me into the work. Now looking back, she definitely knew that I was not sick at all. But anyway, my mom owned an worked at a small down-town flower shop for four years of my life. She ended up selling […]Read More Interviewing a Small Business Owner… (My Mom)
We all have heard of it. The app that will forever be embedded in our minds even when we are sixty and reminiscing about the good ole days at J Maddy. The thing to do when you are bored at home in bed on a Wednesday night. The way to unite as gal-pals to judge […]Read More Tinder: Powerful or Destructive?
Reality TV, we all love it, we live for the drama, and all they encompass. But let’s talk about the idea that these “reality” shows may do more harm than good. Let’s talk about how different shows can create expectations for those watching, or even those involved in the show. The things we do not […]Read More Reality Television and Body Dysmorphia
James Madison University has recently decided to expand its nursing program to start accepting 23 more students every semester. They decided to expand the program in order to accept more qualified students. Before the expansion, they had to decline a lot of qualify students because they did not have the capacity to support them. […]Read More Newsroom
What makes porn so disturbing beyond just the portrayal of sexual acts, is how certain porn companies get away with manipulating women to film shoots for them. My curiosity of the subject led me to a post, which exposed the individuals behind Girls Do Porn, a popular porn producing website that often films women aged […]Read More Girls Do Porn: Sex Trafficking, Coercion, Manipulation
The counseling center at James Madison University recently announced that, “due to an ongoing high level of demand for clinical services and the limits of our resources, the Counseling Center is no longer able to defer to students’ preferences or requests to meet individually with a counselor.” A lot of JMU students misinterpreted this as […]Read More Listen Up JMU Counseling Center
Yes, you read the title correctly— a feminist pageant girl, what a concept. Before you write me off, like many have before, and group me into whatever stereotypical cookie cutter pageant girl group you’ve seen depicted on reality t.v. shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, hear me out. Let me begin by stating I don’t condone […]Read More A Feminist Pageant Girl; Wait, What?
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
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
1. JMU women’s basketball improved their record last week by defeating UCF 46-43. Kayla Cooper-Williams scored 8 points total, had 16 rebounds, and two blocks. The next game will happen December 17th against Delaware State. Make sure to go out and support your Dukes! 2. Just 30 miles away in West Virginia, a forest fire […]Read More In The News: Art, Politics, & More