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    Colin Kaepernick, I kneel with you.

    Colin Kaepernick, along with some of his fellow NFL players, kneeling during the National Anthem has become a much-talked about political statement. Here is what I feel when…

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    Girls’ Life, Girl Scouts, and the road to Success.

    Two weeks ago Girls’ Life magazine accidentally stirred up a very important conversation. The magazine, meant to provide important information and life advice for adolescent…

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    All About Eve— Sexualization is in the Eye of the Beholder

    When it comes to women and religion, the figure of Eve is often pointed to as an excuse for female subordination. Eve was made from Adam’s rib; Eve was the one who tempted Adam;…

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    Live From the News Room: It’s Monday Night!

    This week’s Newsroom topics covered: Entertainment/Pop Culture Girl’s Life  Magazine faced some harsh criticisms after their cover was placed side by side…

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    Millennials Don’t Really Know Hillary Clinton (even if they think they do)

    (featured image source flickr-schroepfer) A hard fact of this election is that millennials do not like Hillary Clinton. In the same 2016 season most millennials began supporting…

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    Women SHOULD Know Their Place: The Ever Existing Cult of Domesticity

    It’s the 21st century. An age where women have rights. Women are equal to men. Women and men have the same opportunities. And women can do the same things as men can…right? If…

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    Damnnnn Donald: Back at it again with that white male privilege

    Title in reference to this meme. For those who argue that there is no need for feminism, or who think that there is no such thing as privilege, read this. Go to the movies, watch…

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    The Friend Zone Myth

    In May of 2014, a 22-year-old man decided to kill 6 people in Isla Vista, California and cited women’s lack of interest in him as a big part of the blame. And enough people…

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    PSA: Rape Culture is Alive and Well

    TW: Rape, sexual assault It has come to my attention recently that many people seem to think an appropriate way to respond to rape culture is to deny its existence. Similar to the…

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    Dakota Pipeline Protesters: Why We Stand Beside You

    Over the weekend I had the opportunity to travel to San Antonio, Texas with my super-awesome crew of intelligent, passionate public speakers (JMU speech team- we’re kind of big…

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    News Room Notes

    Here’s what we talked about today in news room: TW: Rape, sexual abuse News: 29 were injured in a New York City Blast Saturday night. While this is not directly a feminist…

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    Tampons Are Not A Luxury, Period.

    For anyone who thinks that menstruation is fun, you’re absolutely right! I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t love bleeding out of their genitalia for a week, feeling as bloated as a…

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    Hollywood’s Latest Setback: Transphobic Casting

    The newest trend in Hollywood is not matte lipstick or ombre hair. It is something much more troubling — cis men are taking on the roles of trans* women in major blockbuster…

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    Love: Conscious Falling

    Lately, I have been questioning love. Is love something you fall into? Is love like the pieces of toilet paper that inevitably get caught on your shoe, follows you around until…

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    Why Romance needs Feminism

    (copyright-estate of Norman Rockwell-featured image source James Vaughan) Some believe that the 1950s were the best times in America and that we have only gotten worse from there.…

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    The Army Recruiter and My Feminist Side

    My disclaimer is this: that I am fully grateful and absolutely recognize the ways I benefit from the sacrifices of women and men in the military. I also wholeheartedly support…

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    A Recap of the Dominion Lecture

    I hope you had a chance to attend tonight’s Dominion Lecture. If you couldn’t be there, I hope you at least read along as I live-tweeted the event from the ShoutOut!…

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    Transface: The issue with non-binary identities played by cisgender actors

    Imagine being a young adult or child, idolizing non-binary characters in television and film then finding out some of your role models are actually cisgender actors.…

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    The Burkini Ban: Why it’s still happening in France despite outrage

    I’m sure many of you were as shocked as I was to see the photos and read about the beach incident in Nice, France. Photos have been circulating of a woman wearing a burkini on…

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    From the Newsroom

    We hope you enjoyed our first week back blogging as much as we did! A crazy amount of stuff went on this past week. Here’s what we talked about tonight in the Newsroom:…

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    Cover Up, Ladies

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    A Response to People v. Turner

    Brock Turner. His name insights my skin to crawl and my blood to boil. With his release from jail on September 2nd, after serving only three months of an already minuscule…

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    Banking On Ignorance— The Sexist Issues With Wells Fargo’s Newest Campaign

    A few months ago, I found myself in the middle of a conversation about gender stereotypes and whether or not assigning a preconceived notion of masculinity or femininity to a…

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    Lucille is on the ball: The Plan for this Fall

    Hey there feminist friends! As the school year kicks off to a great start, I am incredibly stoked to be returning to the ShoutOut crew for another semester of thoughtful and…

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    Weekly News Roundup

    Welcome back readers! This week here at ShoutOut marks the beginning of our scheduled posts and we couldn’t be any happier to be back in the feminist grind. So buckle up,…

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    WELCOME BACK!!

    WELCOME BACKKKKK Today, you might have seen a glorious NEWS ROOM post by our returning blogger, Lucilleontheball. And yes, you’ve guessed it! WE ARE BACK. We have a new set of…

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    Goodbye!!

    This has been great semester. Thank you to our bloggers for their insight, experiences, quirks, ideology and more. Like Wannabeaudre, who really put their own insight into…

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    Birth Control + You: Real Talk

    Have you ever uttered the words “birth control” in a crowded room, only to have a slew of back-to-back horror stories told to you by 10 different humans? Perhaps you’ve…

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    Leaving Home

    BEER and BOOKS. If I am being honest, these two words pretty much sum up what I thought college would be like before entering. Endless dirty-bronze rivers flowing with keystone…

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    Let’s Get Political

    The presidential election is coming upon us quicker than we think. The top candidates have not been narrowed down, and it is getting close (and terrifying with Trump getting so…

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    Newsroom from Your Fave Feminists!

    Hey everyone! First off, us bloggers here at Shoutout are SO pumped to be bringing you the final round of NEWSROOM. We’ve greatly enjoyed scoping the scene for all the hot…

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    Denim, Denim, Denim: Denim Day 2016

    Trigger Warning: This post does contain details and description of sexual assault It’s Italy in 1992, an 18 year old girl is picked up for her first driving lesson by her…

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    Women in Politics are not Bossy

    I personally hate engaging with people who have different political/moral values than I do via social media. I feel like the process is just long and complicated and (in my case)…

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    Sexual Health and Self-Care

    “Self-care” has been a popular topic in feminism for many months now, and with good reason. It’s crucial to take care of your body, from the food that you…

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    Experiences Define Us, Not Stereotypes

    This past week, Buzzed released a video titled, “27 Questions Black People Have For Black People.” The video has been the topic of discussion because it plays on…

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    Sex Ed: How to be an Askable Adult, and Why It’s Vital You Do So

    If you think sex education is an unnecessary and unimportant topic of conversation, I recommend you spend an hour in your average, smelly, pubescent-ridden  middle school or…

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    I am 1 in 3

    I want to talk about my abortion. I want to be open. I want to be honest. Abortion cannot be simplified into regret or no regret. Those words glide along the surface of what we…

  • The Community You Don’t Hear About in April

    As you may have notice April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If you didn’t know, now you know. However, majority of articles, discussions, and statistics around sexual…

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    From the Newsroom

    What’s up, everybody? All of us from ShoutOut wish you well during these last weeks of the spring semester! Here’s what’s up with everything else this week:…

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    Are you there God? It’s me, the feminist.

    This past Easter my family and I decided to take a trip up to our grandparents’ house in Pennsylvania. Crunching to find any available time to actually pack for this trip, I…

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    Happy Birthday

    It had to be her smile; peculiar in its power. The power to silence a hundred chattering voices while invoking an authentic curiosity. The people around me became obstacles…

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    Pouncing on the Policies

    As we transition into the summer, it’s important to look forward to the fall and the impending 2016 presidential election. This election is sure to be a contentious one,…

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    Grandma: Normalizing Abortion in the Mainstream

    If you read my Valentine’s Day post, then you already know about Grandma, an amazing film starring Lily Tomlin. Check out a scene from the film to see if it is a good fit…

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    The Year of Robin

    This year has been a big one for me. I have felt myself be challenged. I have learned more than I ever thought possible. And I have become confident in myself in ways I never…

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    Laughter is the Best Medicine: A book Review

    Like most college students, I love sitting down to read a great book. However, (like most college students) I have almost no time to sit down and read a great book. Therefore when…

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    Newsroom: Let’s Get Current

    Heyoooo ShoutOuters! This week’s newsroom is special edition because both Wannabeaudre and Southernantibelle are updating YOU on what’s poppin. April is Sexual Assault…

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    Throwing Shade: A Feminasty Podcast Review

    Meet self-proclaimed “Feminasty” Erin Gibson and “Homosensual” Bryan Safi, two comedians who take a “weekly look at all the issues important to ladies and gays…and…

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    JMU IS NOT DISNEY WORLD

    I was first reluctant to write this for multiple reasons. But I would be doing myself and the JMU community a disservice by staying silent. This post has been a long time coming…

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    An Illustration of Mental Illness

    I don’t talk about it with many people, but depression is a beast I have struggled with for much of my life. I wasn’t given the emotional vocabulary to…

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    For Your Viewing Pleasure: SAAM Edition

    Wannabeaudre is back at it with another sexual assault article. Fun stuff, right? How can I not write another piece while April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Also,…

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    The Ironic Accuracies of The Daily Show on Caitlyn Jenner

    Caitlyn Jenner. A trans* woman paving her path into visibility, and making it known that it is never too late to embrace yourself and feel comfortable in your own skin. The news…

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    Finding ShoutOut: Interview with a founder

    As this is the final post of the semester, I figured it would be fun to take it back to the inception of ShoutOut! JMU. I am lucky enough to know and work under one of the…

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    Vulnerability: Will Your Marriage End Because of It?

    Vulnerability is an interesting concept all about being able to be transparent and allowing others to see your true self, and not this face that we all put on that life is going…

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    So, you want to be an online activist?

    As a blogger for ShoutOut!, I am constantly using the internet to engage with other feminists from around the world, and I love it. Online activism is al amazing too; for…

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    Bazaar’s “Why I Wear the Exact Same Thing to Work Every Day”

    This post was written by former ShoutOut blogger SpongebobBloggerpants ! Enjoy: Matilda Kahl of Harper’s Bazaar magazine recently wrote an enlightening piece about why she…

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    4 Reasons You Should Apply to be an Alternative Spring Break Trip Leader

    This past year, I participated in JMU’s Alternative Break Program as a trip leader. From September until March, I attended training each week that helped me prepare to be…

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    Money Talks

    Andrew Jackson has been the face of the 20 dollar bill for 87 years, and many people including the WomenOn20s campaign believe that it is time a woman took his spot. The…

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    Dear Disney, Please stop. From, Everyone.

    As many of JMU’s students traveled this past week for Spring Break, I took myself out to California to visit an old friend from high school who moved out there after we…

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    The Pretty Muddy: A Woman’s Race

    When I first heard of there being a race for women, I had mixed signals in my head. At first, I thought “Hell yeah! Some kind of athletic activity for women that men…

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    #BlackOutDay

    Today, March 6th is #BlackOutDay. The campaign aims to celebrate black beauty and fight against negative and damaging stereotypes that are often perpetrated by the media.…

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    Get Hip to Art and Feminism

    My love of art has grown over the years because it can be political, moving and simply stunning. But, I fell love when I saw underlying feminist messages. I want to share my…

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    Skin Lightening in Magazines: Reoccurring Accident or Endless White Washing?

    Recently, accusations of white washing of women of color by magazines have flooded social media. Fashion and beauty publications like Vogue, Instyle, and Vanity Fair are some of…

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    4 Badass Female Hip-Hop Artists You Should Be Listening To

    I love listening to hip-hop because of how trendy and fast paced the genre is. Although I think that hip-hop is the most musically progressive genre today, its definitely not the…

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    Invisible Violence: The Effects of Sexist Language

    How many times have you heard someone say, “It’s just a word, it doesn’t matter.”? Typically, this is said in defense of saying something that might be considered…

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    News Room Notes

    Here’s what we talked about today in news room: TW: Rape, sexual abuse News: 29 were injured in a New York City Blast Saturday night. While this…

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    WELCOME BACK!!

    WELCOME BACKKKKK Today, you might have seen a glorious NEWS ROOM post by our returning blogger, Lucilleontheball. And yes, you’ve guessed it! WE ARE BACK. We…

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    Goodbye!!

    This has been great semester. Thank you to our bloggers for their insight, experiences, quirks, ideology and more. Like Wannabeaudre, who really put their own insight…

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    Leaving Home

    BEER and BOOKS. If I am being honest, these two words pretty much sum up what I thought college would be like before entering. Endless dirty-bronze…

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    From the Newsroom

    What’s up, everybody? All of us from ShoutOut wish you well during these last weeks of the spring semester! Here’s what’s up with everything else this…

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    Happy Birthday

    It had to be her smile; peculiar in its power. The power to silence a hundred chattering voices while invoking an authentic curiosity. The people around…