This past week, I took it upon myself to go interview a super cool GirlBoss in the tattoo industry, Miss Alex Roll. Alex’s studio is based in Harrisonburg, Virginia and I must say it is one of the most welcoming studios I have ever stepped foot in! The interior is super chic and modern and […]Read More Interview with Alex Roll of aesthetics Tattoo
Colorado is changing LGBTQ+ lives. They have announced a new plan to incorporate gender-affirming care as an essential health care benefit. This is a huge win for the LGBTQ+ community. It has not been an easy road to getting equality in healthcare and we are still very far away from that but it is always […]Read More Colorado is changing health care for the LGBTQ+ community
In an article by Nicole Goodkind for Fortune, she discusses a bill that was signed by Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine, allowing medical providers and practitioners to deny treatment to LGBTQ+ patients based their moral or religious beliefs. And if that isn’t already shocking enough to hear, you’ll be even more disheartened to hear that the […]Read More “Thanks for marriage, but we need healthcare”
Moms. Moms know all, even when we do not want to believe them. Mothers unlock a sixth sense when they are handed their child. This sense matures over time; mothers can see threats a mile away and have time to warn their child of upcoming events. What if a mother does not have the luxury […]Read More Blood shortage crisis
Every Wednesday, I wake up at 8am, get dressed, brush my teeth, do my hair, and pack my backpack. Then, I get in my car and drive to campus. I get to campus at 9:15 am. That means I have time to go ahead and get my daily starbucks order and then run over to […]Read More Disabled-bodied people are not weak
The NWSL messed up big time and not just once, but the duration of the leagues whole existence. For those you who don’t follow the National Women’s Soccer League you’re missing out on some great soccer. It’s something I’m very passionate about. I’ve been going to Washington Spirit games since I was in middle school. […]Read More The NWsl has failed their players
Like many white American children, I grew up being taught America was a place of freedom and liberty and that, despite its troubled past, America was now a place where people could express themselves and tell their stories and essentially, not have to worry about being censored and prosecuted. I have a distinct memory of […]Read More Suppression, Censorship, and the dangers of the Single story of History
In 10/12/21’s class, we shared one local, national, and global news story that relates to feminism. Local: An annual breast cancer 5k/golf tournament will be held at the Heritage Oaks Golf Course on October 16th. This is their 19th year hosting this event and all the proceeds go to the cause of RMH Foundation for […]Read More Newsroom Roundup 10/15/21
Brands to support that are women-run In today’s society, it is critical to support one another especially women supporting other women. The fashion industry, which is a multibillion dollar industry, has tons of brands trying to promote their clothing and stand out. In honor of girls supporting girls, I have complied a list of brands […]Read More brands to support that are female owned
Throughout history it was very uncommon for women to do many things in society, like having a job, being able to vote, and playing sports. It was customary for women to stay in the house and fulfill their “womanly” duties at home and take care of the children. Today, we have many accomplished women that […]Read More inequality towards women in sports
I would like to think of myself as a very lucky individual, I have an amazing family, good health, great friends, and so many other things that I am extremely thankful for. When I was younger I never thought that there would be any instance where mental health would affect me personally because I had […]Read More Mental health
Controversial, I know. At least maybe to the 40 million Americans that regularly visit porn websites. If my titles confuses you, makes you feel offence or even defence, it’s time to listen up. “How could me watching porn ever affect women in real life?” Let’s think about it this way. It’s estimated that 91.5% of […]Read More How Pornography Promotes Violence Towards Woman
I have a nagging voice in my head, being a lawyer in America is still a very MASCULINE job, and I identify as a cisgender woman.Read More WOMEN IN POWER: LAWYERS AND DOCTORS
This blog post’s purpose is to bring awareness to the mental health effects hormonal birth control has and to connect this awareness to why and how contraception is a feminist issue. First, I think it is important to note that there are multiple options when it comes to selecting the right birth control, and you […]Read More Contraception as a FEMINIST issue
Local: During this newsroom (October 5th) we both concluded something about the news- you only know how much you search for. While looking for news stories we were able to find a local, global, and national news story that we felt relates to feminism in a multitude of ways that is inclusive to all women. […]Read More Newsroom Roundup 10/08
Disclaimer: This is just my personal experience with birth control. As if being a teenage girl does not suck enough, those are the years we are oh so blessed with what is called the menstrual cycle. On top of being extremely embarrassed by my hormonal acne like every other teenage girl without porcelain skin, I […]Read More my journey with Birth control
Few things get me more excited than talking about sports. When the Winter Olympics come around my television stays on 24/7. One sport has always fascinated me: Women’s Ice Hockey. There are only three occasions in which women’s hockey is nationally or internationally televised. One being the Olympics every four years, two being the NCAA […]Read More Just a Friendly Reminder…Women’s Sports Don’t Disappear After the Olympics
Medical studies in the past few years have proven that period pain is very similar to the pain felt when having a heart attack. So, if women can withstand that kind of pain once a month, every month, for a large chunk of their lives, why don’t medical professionals take their pain seriously? Gender bias […]Read More Why You’Re More likely to Walk out of the Hospital Alive If You Are a MAn
As I was looking for inspiration to write this blog post I stumbled upon an article written by Sean Coughlan for BBC News titled ‘Modern Childhood Ends at Age 12’. The title alone instantly struck a chord with me as I began to think about a conversation I had in class about television shows and […]Read More Why Did We All Want To Grow Up So Fast?
The first time I came to visit JMU I instantly fell in love with the school and the town. Out of all the other schools I visited, Downtown Harrisonburg was without a doubt the nicest town. I remember after eating at the restaurant Clementine’s my mom and I walked over to the cutest little boutique called The Yellow […]Read More interview with local business owner miranda ebersold of the yellow button
I want to explore the topic of gender based pronouns, but first I think it is important to quickly distinguish the difference between sex and gender for anyone who might not be familiar. Sex refers to the biology of a person, whereas gender is a social construction of what it means to be more feminine or masculine. Furthermore, sexual orientation and sexuality typically refer to one’s physical, emotional, and/or romantic attractions. Like […]Read More The Problem With Pronouns
Pimps and Hoes CEOs and Office Hoes Golf Pros and Tennis Hoes Bros and Hoes These are some of the themes of mixers I’ve been invited to throughout my college career. What’s the common theme here? Hoes. The basic formula = any profession + hoes. These themes reflect the sexism that is ingrained in college […]Read More college party sexism
Local: The owner of A Bowl of Good is hosting a fundraiser to support Beyond Borders in Haiti who last August experienced a Earthquake large than the one that happened in 2010 there. https://fb.watch/8nifCjzwtH/ National: There could possible be another government shutdown in the near future. The new funding bill proposed by democrats failed to […]Read More Newsroom roundup 9/28
During my senior year of high school, I met my first boyfriend. While we had issues, we would continue to date through part of my junior year of college. We went to different universities, so the long distance aspect of the relationship took away time from other facets of my life. My boyfriend and I […]Read More For a while… i thought life revolved around men
I am a pastor’s daughter that identifies as a lesbian. Fun, right? Here’s my story, get ready for the ride of a lifetime… literally. I grew up in a household that never even mentioned the concept of same-sex marriage (or at least never mentioned in a positive manner). I was homeschooled for the beginning years […]Read More gay and internally homophobic?
The long journey to getting the proper help Trigger Warning: Self-harm Mental illness: we all know about it from social media, friends, and even classes, but how much do we really know about it? As someone who has been diagnosed with 3 mental illnesses, I hope to give you some insight into my life with […]Read More Ask me about my diagnoses
One minute, my mom was yelling at me; the next, we were out getting ice cream! She is so bipolar! What is the problem with this sentence? I personally am a grammar nut, but a hint is that it would be easily overlooked. I’ll give you a second… Here’s the answer: the word “bipolar” is […]Read More Mental Disorders are NOT Adjectives
Black women are three to four times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related complication than white women. The estimated maternal mortality rate in America for white women is 17 for every 100,000, but 43 for every 100,000 for black women. Even recognized by the CDC, there are clear racial disparities in healthcare that put […]Read More America’s HealthCare System is Killing Black Mothers
This past weekend, myself and the rest of JMU students involved in sorority life celebrated the new members running home. As a member of a sorority I have experienced first hand how people generalize and attach stereotypes to all sorority girls. I have found that what is most common is just an exaggerated version of […]Read More Everyone needs to rewatch legally blonde.
Campus as a freshman is your home. Home is supposed to be a warm, inviting, and safe space for creativity to flow and work to get done. Home is supposed to be a loving place to express yourself freely. Virginia Tech’s freshman so far this semester have taken expression and ‘love’ to a criminalizing level. […]Read More Virginia tech cannot handle sexual assault cases.
Local: State of Virginia to hold annual ‘Women in Innovation’ conference Sep. 22. This event is an opportunity for women across the state to come together, talk about their personal endeavors, and encourage the next generation of women leaders. News Article: https://www.wavy.com/news/virginia/virginia-to-hold-annual-women-in-innovation-conference-sept-22/ National: Texas recently passed legislation banning abortions after a heartbeat can be detected. […]Read More Newsroom Roundup 9/20
If there is one thing the pandemic was helpful for, it was the fact that it allowed me to think. Like A LOT. One of the topics on the forefront of my mind has been life choices, both those that I made and those that were made for me. One choice that was made for […]Read More What’s the Pointe? Lessons learned from being a “Plus sized” dancer.
In July of 2021, Ukraine’s ministry of defense announced that it’s Female military members would be required to wear high heels while marching in Ukraine’s upcoming military parade on August 24th. Ukraine, once one of the most important satellite states in the USSR, has long had difficult relations with its Russian neighbors to the east, […]Read More Female Soldiers Forced to Wear high Heels during parades
how i went from hating to loving feminism. Okay, maybe ‘hating’ is a strong word. Just go with it. All my life I have been surrounded by men who told me that being a women made me weak, inferior, and even less “cool” than them. And I believed it. I spent my whole childhood trying […]Read More Feminism is cool.
***trigger warning (sexual assault, domestic violence, abuse, rape) We live in a society that constantly blames victims. This culture of blame repeatedly silences women and is a contributing factor as to why so many victims refuse to speak out. Abused? What did you do to provoke your significant other? Assaulted or raped? Were you drinking? […]Read More It’s time to stop victim blaming
For those who are unfamiliar, The Met Gala, formally known as the Costume Institute Gala, is an annual fundraising event which benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. The gala serves as a grand opening for the annual fashion exhibit curated by the institute. Basically, it is the fashion industry’s […]Read More Missing the mark at the met gala
After Afghanistan fell under Taliban rule on August 15, 2021, women hid in their homes, fearing for their lives. The educated burned their diplomas, struck with the memories of the Taliban’s last takeover in 1996 when nearly all education was banned for women, enforced through obscene, fatal measures. Women were killed for attending co-education classes […]Read More The Taliban’s “Gentle” Approach to Women’s Rights
how sorority recruitment limits women’s uniqueness I am a woman in a sorority and i’ll be the first to say that contrary to popular belief, social sororities have more benefits than they do detriments (that is, in my experience). However, when the familiar recruitment season comes around, it seems as if sororities are less about […]Read More Individuality in a sea of “basic”
Moving through the world as a queer human being has it’s struggles. I would like to shine some light on what I and many others deal with every damn day of our lives, and hopeful show people that it’s more than just rainbows and sunshine. One of those struggles that absolutely drives me crazy is […]Read More Situations queer people deal with everyday
Imagine the world blaming you for a virus that is affecting everyone’s lives, including your own, solely based on your race. This is the sad truth for Asian people around the globe after the Covid-19 outbreak occurred. Growing up in a relatively diverse area I knew there was existing prejudice against minorities, but I never […]Read More Stop asian hate #intersectionality
As each semester passes there are always certain lessons in each of my classes that strike a chord for me. Last semester in my SCOM 240 class my professor used breast cancer awareness marketing as an example for one of our lessons and ever since then it has been stuck in the back of my […]Read More Marketing culture of breast cancer awareness
Local News: In late May 2021, Cadet First Captain Kacey G. Meredith became the first female regimental commander at Virginia Military Institute. After her appointment was announced Kacey received a tremendous amount of hate. Especially on the social media platform, Jodel, an anonymous app similar to Yik Yak. In response, law firm Barnest and Thornburg […]Read More Newsroom roundup 9/13
This blog is about why everyone should read the book Untamed by Glennon Doyle. A quick background on the book: This book is written by Glennon Doyle and tells her story on how she “untamed” herself from the cages she remained in for the majority of her life that society puts women in. Her story […]Read More Untamed: A must read
If you’re a college aged student, I’m sure you have heard of the popular podcast, “Call Her Daddy”. If you’re not familiar, it is a podcast that is an affiliate of “Barstool Sports” and has accumulated a huge cult following over the past two years. The 27-year-old host, Alexandra Cooper uses the platform to share explicit and raunchy hookup stories, along with […]Read More Why popular podcast “call her daddy” is toxic
The healthcare system has neglected the fact that women need help, need someone to hear them, listen to them, support them, and provide effective treatment for their pain.Read More HASHIMOTO’S DISEASE: HOW I REALIZED THERE IS A MASSIVE GAP IN THE HEALTH SYSTEM
What is Feminism? What is a Feminist? Four weeks ago, if you would have asked me “What is feminism?” or “What is a feminst?” I wouldn’t have had an answer, or if I did manage to give you an answer, it sadly would have been an ignorant one. Before taking this feminist blogging course, I […]Read More My Feminist Journey begins here
I had never conducted an interview before in my life. But for ShoutOut!, I decided that I wanted to showcase local feminist and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) professor Dr. Sharon Mazzarella, who has been teaching for 13 years at James Madison University. In this interview, we discuss her research in young girlhood, her […]Read More Interview with JMU Professor Dr. Mazzarella
As we all know, COVID has impacted all of our lives in one way or another and even though we have the vaccine, there are still problems every single day that we have to face. People have lost loved ones, had to distance themselves from family, and gotten sick for days on end all because […]Read More Covid-19 and the problems that americans still face
“We are either going to have a future where women lead the way to make peace with the Earth or we are not going to have a human future at all.” —Vandana Shiva As an inspiring environmentalist and a self-proclaimed feminist, the concept of eco-feminism as always piqued my interest. The relation of nature and […]Read More Is Eco-feminism a Justified Branch of Feminism?