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?
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 […]Read More Sex Education and Netflix’s “Big Mouth”: the Triumphs and Pitfalls
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 […]Read More Men respecting women in music???
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 […]Read More Check Yourself
You’re having a conversation with a guy and everything is fine, there’s a good back and forth, until the infamous statement “You’re actually so cool, you’re not like the other girls” comes out as if it’s supposed to be a compliment. I never end up finding comments like this flattering, because I don’t feel the […]Read More “You’re Not Like The Other Girls”
We all know or at least should be aware that women often struggle in the workplace. This struggle includes a lack of respect, harassment and unequal pay. These issues occur in large business firms, universities, law firms, and even in sports. https://www.barewalls.com/posters-art-prints/unequal-opportunity.html Today I want to bring to light how unfairly women have been treated […]Read More Slow Grind Better Than No Grind!
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 […]Read More Commercial Feminism
Dear Professors of this P.W.I. (@JMU) “Well, I can see that you’re female, and I can also see that you’re black.” “Did you know your last name was a slave last name?” “I loved pointing out to my racist father we too had a black person’s last name.” “Do you know what PWI means? You […]Read More Dear Professors of This P.W.I. (@JMU)
Live… Work… POSE! When I first started watching ‘Pose’ I did not know what to expect. All I knew was that it was created by Ryan Murphy. I figured since I was such a fan of his other shows, such as ‘Glee’ and ‘American Horror Story,’ I would check out his latest project. So, I […]Read More Why ‘Pose’ Is More Than Just A Show
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
The stares, eyes rolling and snickered whispering. We keep walking as if nothing’s wrong. As if we’re not being completely victimized from head to toe. Crop tops, short skirts, booty shorts…any women who dares to wear this type of clothing is considered a slut, a whore, she’s a HOE. I LOVE clothes. Styling different things […]Read More IF YOU’VE GOT IT, DON’T BE AFRAID TO FLAUNT IT
I have looked up to Miley Cyrus since I was a preteen. Not only as an iconic performer but as a role model. I know how that might seem, but hear me out. She has made some mistakes along the way, but that is the whole point about growing up and learning. She has had […]Read More “It’s our party we can love who we want”
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 […]Read More NEWSROOM
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 […]Read More The Ultimate Beatdown
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 […]Read More LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX BABY
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 […]Read More Connecting with a Character
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 […]Read More Gym Anxiety? Nah, Just Sexism.
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 […]Read More “Final Thoughts” on Tomi Lahren
To whom this may concern, I want to say that “seeing is believing” isn’t appropriate or necessary in many situations. From the time I started to receive excruciating migraines in 7th grade, the number one thing people needed to verify was that I wasn’t “faking” it. All I ever wanted was to be accepted for […]Read More A note from a student with invisible illness
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 […]Read More Talk Like a Lady…Fuck That
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 […]Read More Newsroom
*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, […]Read More Women get Rape because of Rapist
Feminist. It’s no secret there’s a stigma surrounding the word, even since its earliest usage dating back to the 1800s, there has always been a negative connotation that comes along with it. That being said I’d like everyone to just do me a quick favor. Take a moment to locate the nearest phone, laptop or […]Read More “You don’t seem like a feminist though”
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 […]Read More Girls’ Night Out Anthems 2019
I don’t hate chicken; I just refuse to eat hate chicken.Read More Chick-fil-A Boycott
For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled finding clothes to fit my body type. The first time I realized that I couldn’t wear the same clothes as everyone else, I was in sixth grade. It was my best friend’s birthday and her mom took me and four other girls to the mall for […]Read More It’s Time for the Fashion Industry to Represent ALL Bodies
We have all experienced it before. Whether it is a comment made by a male co-worker, a boyfriend, a peer, a friend, a family member… the slight change in a mood, irritability, or any sign of emotion apparently only means one thing to men: you are on your period. Now just for fun, let’s say […]Read More My Period Is Not a Period of Discussion