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  • Men Explain Things to Me

    The spring semester may be coming to a close but don’t worry the good ol’ feminist fight will continue on.  If you’re interested in reading more feminist dialogue, I HIGHLY…

  • The Clothesline Project

    Every year James Madison University hosts “The Clothesline Project” somewhere on campus. The event is put on to bring attention to how prevalent sexual assault is on college…

  • Project Condom

    Project Condom was hosted last week by JMU Feminist Collective. Full disclosure, I am an executive board member, but let me tell y’all what went down. To give some background:…

  • How Feminists Are Making the News this Week

    If you haven’t been able to keep up with the news for the past few weeks or so, I’m about to do a quick update on what is happening in the feminist and LGBTQ+ community. First…

  • Freedom Is A Constant Struggle – Review

    Angela Davis has been a feminist icon since the 70’s. As an author of over a dozen books, she is still fiercely involved in activism within the United States and elsewhere. I…

  • Who is Karena Evans?

    Here’s a fact: the world gets better when women thrive. When our mothers, sisters, and girl friends do well, society improves. When women get involved in male-dominated…

  • Feminist News

    Another busy week kept you from the newsfeed? Don’t worry, I got you covered. Here’s what happened this week: Donald Trump is sending the National Guard to the Texas/Mexico…

  • Five Easy Steps to Healing

    A few weeks ago, I attended a Healing, Pleasure and Sex After Trauma workshop hosted by Sarah Brynn Holiday. I wanted to write a post about it, but I wasn’t entirely sure how to…

  • Women in Power

    As sort of a ~part 2~ to my last post, I’d like to dive deeper into women in positions of power. We all know the female boss stigma. She’s not a leader, she’s a bitch.…

  • Migrant Mothers: proving that feminism must be intersectional.

    If you are going to be a feminist, be a good one; don’t just look out for the feminists that look and live like you. Look out for the women (and all humans) at every corner of…

  • ShoutOut Applications are HERE!

    Calling all writers, advocates, and feminist leaders! ShoutOut is now accepting applications for next semester, Fall 2018! If you are interested in learning more about current…

  • Casual Misogyny

    Misogyny is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the hatred of women.” It comes in many different forms. When I think of misogyny, a plethora of things come to mind—most of them…

  • Hot Takes From NYFLC

    Every year, The National Young Feminist Leadership Conference gets better: more intersectionality, more interesting panels, more useful workshops. This year was definitely the…

  • The Kardashians Are No Exception to Feminism

    As I was finishing my last semester of my freshman year at JMU, I was taking a class dedicated to the subject of creating a sustainable life.  The professor encouraged veganism,…

  • What Feminists Are Talking About – This Week

    Hey there feminists! Did you have a long week? No idea where the month of March went? Don’t worry, here is what you missed this week: 1. On Saturday March 24, the Parkland…

  • Speak up and Shout out

    Welcome back feminists! If you’re keeping up to date with Shout Outs blog posts, you’ll know that few of our bloggers took a trip and attended the National Young Feminist…

  • ShoutOut is Conference Bound! NYFLC Here We Come

    Hey all, Lucilleontheball here with some exciting news! This weekend, your favorite bloggers from ShoutOut are headed to Washington D.C. for the National Young Feminist…

  • Inclusion Riders and Their Importance

    For those of you who didn’t watch the Oscars, Frances McDormand won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2017). She’s…

  • Making History Worldwide

    It’s Women’s History Month! Instead of telling you about famous historical American figures, I want to talk about a girl making history today. Her name is Ahed Tamimi, and she…

  • Hey… We Need To Talk

    In the past few weeks, I have been privileged enough to observe and admire strong and powerful women come together to discuss the issue of inequality. On February 26th, my fellow…

  • All Things Oscars

    Today marks one week until the 90th annual Oscars ceremony! As a person who lives and breathes all things cinema, I’m extremely excited to tune in and see if my Oscar…

  • Embracing the Uncomfortable

    If you’ve ever watched Sex and The City, you’ve most likely associated yourself with a particular character. You may have even take handfuls of online quizzes that have…

  • The Maternal Health Care Crisis: A Rural Women’s Issue

    Travel back with me, if you will, to a chilly evening in the year 1995. It’s December 24th and for one woman, Christmas is about to come early. My mom, LucilleontheBall Sr,…

  • ICE is the gestap-who now?

    Okay, we’ve all heard why the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is like the Gestapo. Videos and articles will explain to you why, as well as a familiarity with…

  • Movie-Going and Social Change-Making: Black Panther’s #Wakandathevote

    This weekend, hundreds of thousands of movie-goers across the country lined up to get a taste Hollywood’s most thrilling and provocative film of the year. And no, I’m not…

  • A Valentine’s Day Reminder

    Today is a special day for many. Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate your loved ones, and the perfect time to talk a little bit about healthy relationships. While a lot of…

  • Periods in Prison

    If you are a uterus owner, chances are you have experienced the discomfort and inconvenience of a menstrual period. We all know about the pink tax, the fact that women’s and…

  • Association Does Not Equal Innocence.

    Last week, news broke out that former Glee star, Mark Salling, was found dead due to self-induced asphyxiation. Twitter blew up following the news, and reactions ranged from…

  • Let’s Talk About Therapy

    Therapy can be a pretty sensitive topic. People often talk about it in a whisper, and that can make starting a conversation about it very difficult. In an effort to get the ball…

  • When Will Time Be Up?

    The #MeToo and #Time’sUp movements have been overwhelmingly positive. Women have opened up about their stories of sexual harassment and assault, and men have been outed. Some…

  • Men & Meat; Why are they inseparable?

    Your masculinity can be defined in a healthy way. I don’t expect you to take away my femininity from being a feminist, and I won’t take away your masculinity for being a…

  • Can I Enjoy Problematic Content if I’m a Feminist?

    I like violent video games. Assassins Creed is easily one of my favorite franchises. In it you get to play as assassins from various points in history and interact with actual…

  • So you’re Pro-Life? You’ve got some obligations to uphold.

    In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to debate about abortion, because in that perfect world we wouldn’t have abortions.

  • Calling all readers… Coming Soon!

    We are so excited to introduce the new bloggers and their voices. We will begin posting this upcoming Sunday, and will post every day aside from Tuesdays and Fridays! Mark your…

  • No Moore; Humanity wins. Alabama is Back and Blue!

    The immorality of voting someone with such low regard for integrity and respect into office would be a loss for Alabama and even the Republican party. Many republicans today have…

  • Women in the Outdoors

    I am eternally grateful that I chose JMU, not necessarily because of the school itself, but because of this city. Harrisonburg has been the first city in Virginia that I’ve…

  • Misogyny in the Alt-Right? How White Women are Refusing Sexism While Promoting Racism

    Hi friends! Sadly this is my last post for the semester but I wanted to end on an interesting note by talking about the shuffling going on in the Alt-Right movement (read Nazi…

  • She Said What?

    Alright folks, I’m sure we’ve all heard about women who don’t identify as feminists.  I’m sure we’ve read the articles where women criticize…

  • “Feminism is for Everybody” a bell hooks book review

    I would like to believe that everyone has heard of bell hooks, but the truth is, a lot of people have not. And if you asked me a month ago, I would have been just as much in the…

  • Hair in all the right places.

    Shaving is trendy mostly because it makes us look more like the 11 year old versions of ourselves, which stated like that sounds quite repulsive... So let's let Mother Nature's…

  • Truth of the Native Tongue

    Hi friends! This week’s post is inspired by a lot of reflecting I’ve done recently. Last week was Thanksgiving and in the spirit of that I would like to send a message…

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    Loretta Ross? More Like Loretta BOSS.

    A few months back, I attended a lecture given by Loretta Ross on JMU’s campus. For those of you who don’t know her, let me give you a brief introduction: Loretta Ross was…

  • DEEP Impact-Cultural Series Features: Crystal Valentine

    Crystal Valentine is a black, queer, woman and award-winning slam poet from the Bronx, New York. Crystal is a recent graduate from NYU and is the three-time grand slam champion of…

  • The racial divide impacts childbirth related deaths

    Did you know pregnant women of color are four times more likely to die during child birth than white pregnant women. It is a phenomenon in the health care community. In fact,…

  • The Yemen Crisis

    Right now, in Yemen, there is a huge crisis going on. The people are facing severe consequences and it is causing deaths across the country from several different devastations.…

  • It’s 2017, We Shouldn’t Have to Talk About Why Pedophilia is Bad

    Hi friends, if you couldn’t tell by the title of this article, I’m a little dumbfounded that we have to discuss this topic and explain basic morals because apparently…

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    How To Love Slap

    What’s up my friends?! In my previous post, I discussed the idea of the “love slap.” To me, the love slap comes from a place of deep care for the issue at hand, whether that…

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    Stop Using “Biology” For Your Anti-Trans* Agenda

    Hi friends! Today I’m debunking my least favorite bullshit argument against trans* people; “there’s only male and female, humans don’t exist on a…

  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms: Some answers to your questions

    I was having a discussion about gender-neutral restrooms recently and several questions came up that I would like to answer, or attempt to. A question that many people asked was,…

  • Calling all bystanders! Get rid of the patriarchal language.

    Language and diction are very important to me, but not just because I am a woman and a communication studies major, but because language and diction write our stories. Our…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • #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.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

    Project Condom

    Project Condom was hosted last week by JMU Feminist Collective. Full disclosure, I am an executive board member, but let me tell y’all what went down.…

    Feminist News

    Another busy week kept you from the newsfeed? Don’t worry, I got you covered. Here’s what happened this week: [CN: violence, SA] Donald Trump is sending…

    Casual Misogyny

    Misogyny is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the hatred of women.” It comes in many different forms. When I think of misogyny, a plethora of things come…

    Hot Takes From NYFLC

    Every year, The National Young Feminist Leadership Conference gets better: more intersectionality, more interesting panels, more useful workshops. This year was definitely the best, and here…

    No Moore; Humanity wins. Alabama is Back and Blue!

    The immorality of voting someone with such low regard for integrity and respect into office would be a loss for Alabama and even the Republican party. Many republicans today have been thanking their stars that he did not win, knowing that it may be losing a battle but not the war. The disappointing factor is that he won by such an immensely small margin.

    She Said What?

    Alright folks, I’m sure we’ve all heard about women who don’t identify as feminists.  I’m sure we’ve read the articles where women criticize feminism and the…

    Hair in all the right places.

    Shaving is trendy mostly because it makes us look more like the 11 year old versions of ourselves, which stated like that sounds quite repulsive… So let’s let Mother Nature’s handiwork do it’s job. Let’s not let the trends get the best of us. I can hop on the avocado toast train, or even the winged eyeliner boat, but let’s make sure that the things we’re doing still satisfy our needs for self care and personal hygiene.

    Hear us Roar

    Since the #MeToo  and #TimesUp movements began, they have sparked a wave of women speaking out against abusers, harsher punishments for said abusers and a string…