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Bisexuality: Stigmatized not Accepted

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 […]

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I Needed To Write This.

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 […]

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I Know You Are But What Am I?

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 […]

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Being a Male Feminist

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 […]

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I hate that I love Love Island.

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 […]

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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 […]

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Health care in the Black Community

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 […]

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Diary of an Angry Black Woman

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 […]

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Fruit Of The Vine

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 […]

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My Costume is NOT Consent

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. […]

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Read all about it: The Burg, Kourtney Kardashian and a few in between

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, […]

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“THEY’RE SO PERKY!”

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, […]

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Newsroom

  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. […]

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Listen Up JMU Counseling Center

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 […]

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A Feminist Pageant Girl; Wait, What?

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 […]

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Sex Education and Netflix’s “Big Mouth”: the Triumphs and Pitfalls

If you haven’t already heard about the Netflix series, Big Mouth, then I am here to inform you about all the controversy surrounding this popular show and why. As a preface, anytime sex, puberty, and adolescence is brought up, conversations are fraught with discomfort and shame due to how stigmatized our way of sex education or lack […]

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Men respecting women in music???

In early October, one of my favorite bands of all time, The Avett Brothers, released a new album titled  “Closer Than Together”. The album offers fans a handful of songs that, while not ripped directly from the headlines, nevertheless offer damning commentary on some of the more appalling aspects of America circa 2019. One of the […]

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Check Yourself

By now I am sure you are all aware about the rumor that JMU had an outbreak of HIV/AIDS. The University issued a statement that these allegations are false, however, students are still on edge about contracting HIV. HIV, medically known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a sexually transmitted disease that is commonly known. This […]

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Commercial Feminism

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 […]

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NEWSROOM

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 […]

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The Ultimate Beatdown

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 […]

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LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX BABY

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 […]

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Connecting with a Character

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 […]

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Gym Anxiety? Nah, Just Sexism.

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 […]

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“Final Thoughts” on Tomi Lahren

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 […]

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Talk Like a Lady…Fuck That

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 […]

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Newsroom

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 […]

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Women get Rape because of Rapist

*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, […]

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Girls’ Night Out Anthems 2019

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 […]

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