The mindlessness of banning abortion, 50 years after it was deemed unconstitutional

In 1973, the United States Supreme Court declared, based on a 7-2 ruling, that prohibiting abortion was unconstitutional because it violated on a woman’s right to privacy…in other words: her body, her choice…not the government’s. So the question ponders, why are we still on a political issue that was declared non-political five decades ago? There’s […]

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Unfortunately Always Current: Rape

With so much recent talk about the #MeToo movement, I wanted to address some of the discourse I saw. There was a Ted Talk called Is Modern Feminism starting to undermine itself?, where Jessica Butcher talked about how the #MeToo movement was reinforcing a narrative of disadvantages that don’t help women in the fight towards […]

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Let’s Get Happy

Recently, my mom sent me an article that she thought would help benefit my overall happiness and productivity each day. I was skeptical, of course, because how could one article really change that much about your life. So, I read the article and it seemed like it would be easy enough to try and do […]

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EcoFeminism with Vine & Fig

Before Harrisonburg was blanketed with snow, I visited Tom Benevento at Vine & Fig, to talk to him about the environmental and ecological incubation projects that Vine & Fig works on throughout Harrisonburg. I thought it would be a great way to reintroduce ShoutOut! to EcoFeminism and ways to get involved with it in our […]

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Read on to see what events you should be up-to-date on. News that’s free of commercials or pesky weather updates! IN HARRISONBURG: Refusal of COVID-19 Vaccine for Harrisonburg Minister In early February, Christina Rivera, a Latina senior lead at the Church of the Larger Fellowship was denied a vaccination for Covid-19 by Sentara Hospital after […]


Why Jazmine Sullivan’s “Heaux Tales” is a feminist masterpiece.

If you haven’t listened to Jazmine Sullivan’s “Heaux Tales”, truly, what are you doing sis? After listening to this beautiful album about 3,000 times, I have gathered that Heaux Tales exemplifies everything that we should embrace as feminists. This 14 track album features 8 songs and 6 tales, “Heaux Tales”, from Jazmine’s close friends. There […]

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Loving Yourself On Valentine’s Day

February 14th, also known as Valentine’s Day, can be a difficult holiday. For one day, each year, we celebrate love. Sounds like a happy topic, right? Unfortunately, not for all of us. Romantic relationships, like everything else in our lives, can often be complicated. The origins of this holiday are sweet and heartfelt as is […]

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Feb.14th is for Self Love

Every year February fourteenth marks Valentines day. The origins of Valentines day come from a Christian feast day to celebrate a Christian Martyr, Saint Valentine’s; this holiday signifies the religious and cultural celebration of romance. Of course, not everyone is enthusiastic about Valentine’s day; for some, this holiday is not a celebration but a reminder […]

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News Round-Up!

Avoiding the news? No worries, here’s a recap of the Shoutout! Newsroom this week to keep you informed!  Women underrepresented in local politics A local Harrisonburg newspaper published an article this week on the underrepresentation of women in elected positions.  According to the article, despite women making up more than half of Rockingham County’s population, […]

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Why It’s Okay To Be Rude

If you’re into true crime, you have probably heard of the podcast crime junkie. One thing that these two women have ingrained in my brain is “Be Weird, Be Rude, Stay Alive”. As women we have been so programmed into being polite, likeable, meek, and demure out of fear of being seen as rude, or […]

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Gender Bias: The Secret Killer

Gender bias in healthcare has been a hot topic for a while now. In case you don’t agree with that statement just take a look at the collage of images above. When I searched nurse the majority of the images were women, but when I searched doctor the majority of images were men. However, gender […]

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Is Sliding into Zoom DMs the New Thing?

“Hey girl, you take quiz three yet? Your bed looks so cozy behind you. But it would look better with me in it.” Okay, so no one has ever said that to me. However, I have had my fair share of men slide into my Zoom direct messages in class. Yes, you read that right – slide into my Zoom dms. Let me paint the picture for you: Wednesday afternoon […]

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Ways to Stay Active!

As the pandemic continues to drag on and most of us have continued to be relegated to our homes, feeling like a productive member of society has become a little difficult. Let alone feeling like you are keeping up with your activism. I know that I have had a hard time feeling like I am […]

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Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Local For local news, JMU’s Women of Distinction award applications are now open, and anyone who identifies as a woman is eligible! A woman who embodies this award is someone who “inspires us through her dedication and innovation; her exemplary leadership and mentoring; her commitment to enhancing gender equity and inclusion. (QUOTE) The award is […]

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Wo-Man’s Land

With everything happening in the world right now, have you ever thought about just getting rid of men? Let’s talk about the women behind the political, economic, and social structure of their man-less community of Umoja, Kenya.

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The #MeToo Movement in China

So, we all know and support the #MeToo movements that have happened throughout recent years. Women coming forward with stories of their sexual abuse and assault and finally getting the justice they deserve. However, some places have not been quiet as supportive. In China, where the Communist Party has very strict limitations when it comes […]

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If ya don’t know, now ya know. Black Feminists that you need to know.

It’s Black History Month! Unapologetically, the greatest month of the year (even though it’s the shortest month but whateva). Black History Month is frequently spent praising the accomplishments of prominent black men such as MLK, Thurgood Marshall, and President Barack Obama. Although these men broke barriers for the black community, they were not the only […]

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Back and Better Than Ever!!

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for us and we are feeling good!! Welcome back to another exciting semester of ShoutOut! 2020 was a year of trials and tribulations but thankfully we made it through. Even though things are finally starting to look up and we have a whole […]

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Thee Culture Vultures

“The ability to take on and peel off the parts of Black culture that you like at will is exactly what is meant by the term “white privilege.” And while culture sharing is fine, white people have proven that they have a problem sharing. White people don’t share. They take over. They colonize. They claim […]

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Thee Good Hearted Woman

Does anyone else continue to see the good in people even when all they ever show you is the bad? Just me, oh okay. Sometimes I wish I was able to see through the bullsh*t in the beginning because it would save me from a lot of heartache in the end. It took me so […]

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“Amen” to no sex ed?

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people”. (Ephesians 5:3)  Hello, and welcome to Catholic School, teaching kids the importance safe sex one day at a time.  I went to Catholic school for […]

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Will Roe v. Wade Hold Up Against Newest Conservative Supreme Court Justice?

Roe V. Wade. The case that has shaped abortion law in america since January 22, 1973. Before this case, women had to have doctors approval to get abortions, and in some states, like Texas, where this case originated, abortion was illegal unless the doctor thought it would save the woman’s life. Sarah R. Weddington argued […]

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Elliot Page Comes Out as Transgender: Sparks the Conversation on Proper Pronouns

Well known actor Elliot Page came out as transgender on his social media as of December 1st. Elliot currently stars in the hit show “Umbrella Academy” and received major fame from the film “Juno.” This brave announcement was released on their instagram and received feedback from almost 3 million people on the account. The letter […]

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Just Like Ma’s Cooking

The Matriarch and Family Traditions With the holidays approaching, I think it’s time we give our matriarchs their flowers (that are long overdue). The planning and gathering for the holidays are most likely dominated by the women. The kitchen holds no place for the patriarchy. The matriarch (which I will refer to from now on […]

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It’s Time to Pass By the Pink Tax

Have you ever been on your period and thought about what a luxury it is to have it? No? Me neither. So why is it that the products used to help us get through the monthly not-so-luxurious week are considered “luxury products”? It also goes far beyond just period products- body wash, razors, clothing. All […]

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Finding Myself Spiritually

Let’s talk about Witchcraft! This topic may be iffy for many people, but I think there needs to be more conversations about it. I think it is such an exciting concept. Unfortunately, I feel like different faiths and practices were never brought up in school. Therefore, many people like me are only exposed to the […]

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