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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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    Sex Positivity

    As feminists we hear a lot about sex positivity. Sex positivity can be defined as the ideology that all sex as long as it is healthy and explicitly consensual is a positive thing.…

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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 Ever-Impossible (and Worsening) Standards of Parenthood

    I am one of the many humans that follow loads of hipster mom’s and dad’s on Instagram, purely to catch a pic of their kids in outfits usually resembling models in an Urban…

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    Guide to Being a #GIRLBOSS

    I want to take this week as an opportunity to talk about one of my favorite books, #GIRLBOSS. #GIRLBOSS is an inspiring and insightful book written by Sophia Amoruso, the founder…

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    Dear World #DearJMU

    When I was in fifth grade my mother sat me down beside her on our couch. She proceeded to explain to me that her sister, my aunt, had been diagnosed with cancer. My young,…

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    Clinic Escorts: Everyday Heroes

    For a few years now, I have been telling people that I want to work at a Planned Parenthood or another abortion facility. Many of them are confused. Since I am also a writer,…

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    Make Up: Cake it on if You Wanna

    What’s up fellow feminists! Last week we heard some great insights about the intersection of environmental and gender justice from the ever poignant, southernantibelle.…

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    Pt. 2: Seriously Radical Self-Care Practices by and for Feminists

    Being an advocate, or being a human, is no easy task.  It can be demoralizing, anxiety-ridden, truly taxing work.  As I set out on my journey/shimmy into self-care earlier this…

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    Feminism and Islam: Not Mutually Exclusive

    This past Tuesday, I attended an important lecture from speaker and activist, Amer F. Ahmed titled, “Addressing Islamophobia: Dispelling Myths to Break Down…

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    Tears

    “She’s gunna love this,” I thought to myself while scrubbing the kitchen floor. Hours had already been spent vacuuming, dusting and dish-washing. “It will all be worth…

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    The Dangerous Reality of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

    Imagine. A fourteen year old girl. She’s been sick for weeks. Throwing up in the bathroom at school between morning classes. Forcing food into her stomach and wearing a fake…

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    Words, Poetry, and Activists: Let’s Get Inspired

    What is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised and misunderstood…the speaking profits me, beyond any other…

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    Good Advocacy In Action: The Questions We Forget to Ask

    A few of us headed out with a mission.  A mission not really defined, but a general mission of spending the $5 dollars each of us was given by our professor on something for…

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    Cancerous Chemicals and Feminism

    Hello, fellow feminists! I hope that you have all been enjoying your week back from Spring Break! In case you haven’t read the blog this week, many of our bloggers (myself…

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    BACK AT IT WITH NEWSROOM!

    We took a bit of a break and we are back with your fave: THE NEWS ROOM. Here is a bit of a review of what happened over the last couple of weeks while we were gone. Still waiting…

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    Porn Sucks

    I hate porn. I am a 21 year old dude who hates porn. Porn sucks. In writing on the matter, I have to admit that porn was, at one point, a part of my daily life. It is for this…

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    Reproductive Justice: Not Just a Women’s Issue

    When it comes to reproductive rights and access to reproductive healthcare, we (yes, me included) tend to use exclusive language. We call abortion and contraceptive access a…

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    That Summer Night: A Story Kept Under Sheets

    So there’s this story.  It hasn’t been told much, at least this specific one hasn’t, but it begs to be told.  It begs to be heard because it’s like so…

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    Am I a Pocket-Sized Feminist?

    What a week! For those of you readers who just ended your spring breaks I’d like to give you an official welcome back! I hope your breaks were filled with friends, food, and a…

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    UPDATES ON UPDATES & Posts Spotlights

    Shout Out! has been flourishing this semester. We hope that you have enjoyed our posts on everything feminist. Also, we hope you love the news updates we added to the blog as…

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    How My Family Shaped My Feminism

    I would not describe my family as “progressive.” A good majority of my family is from the South and conservative values permeated my childhood experience. However,…

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    Biblical Feminism Part 3

    Any movement or organization whose aim is to fight against an injustice intrinsically has the aim to eliminate their own existence. Essentially a movement is born and exists, in…

  • News Roundup ft. your fave feminists

    Hey guys! Lots of stuff happened in the news this week and I don’t know about you but I think it’s time for a LIST! I love lists. I also love: Adult coloring books? Yes,…

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    Abortion Stories: The Personal is Political

    A twelve-year-old girl pregnant from rape by her mother’s boyfriend. A fifteen-year-old high school student who would be forced by her parents to carry her unintended…

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    Why Lady Gaga Won the Oscars

    Sunday night, beloved celebrities took to the red carpet for the Academy Awards. Chris Rock hosted and provided laughs and jokes that criticized the Academy and the lack of people…

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    Power to the single lady voter!

    Grab your star-spangled top hat, start waving that baby sized American flag, and slip into your red, white and blue undies- It’s election day!!! For those of you who are of age…

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    Golden Nuggets Found at JMU Women in Leadership Conference

    When your school hosts a women’s leadership conference, you shed a few tears of joy, wonder how you got so lucky, and pray you can will yourself to get up at the unearthly time…

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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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    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…

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    Tears

    “She’s gunna love this,” I thought to myself while scrubbing the kitchen floor. Hours had already been spent vacuuming, dusting and dish-washing. “It will all be…

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