In our newsroom roundup on September 28, 2022, we talked through local, national and global news from a feminist viewpoint. This includes stories of the physical and verbal abuse happening to women on and off campus within the past week, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day and the pay disparities that black women specifically face in […]Read More NEWSROOM ROUNDUP SEPTEMBER 28, 2022
Most people would agree that the stigma regarding mental health has begun to abate thanks to public discussions of the matter. This is obviously great, as health problems should not be stigmatized, no matter the illness, and because it allows individuals to be honest about their mental health. This destigmatization has come in time with […]Read More Mental Health Care: A Feminist Issue
I hope this can serve as comfort and validation, and ultimately reveal the beautifully painful words from the unfiltered soul.Read More All The Things Left Unsaid: An ARCHIVE Of Notes
Growing up as a girl and facing criticism for having interests There is a long, tortured history with the concept of women being fans and a steep criticism with gendered and sexist roots. There is no aspect of entertainment and interests that women and girls are not criticized for. The “fangirl” is characterized as a […]Read More Can I Enjoy Anything? The GEndered Criticism of Being A Fan
Feminism has been a fight and a hot topic since the 1800s. With movements such as the women’s suffrage movement, the women’s liberation movement, and the black feminism movement, powerful woman leaders can seldom be ignored (although many do try). These movements have brought about waves of feminists throughout history who care and fight for […]Read More 3 modern feminist icons to know more about
On September 2nd, 2022 Liza Fletcher set out for her daily early morning run on the University of Memphis campus. Liza was an avid runner and was training for the Boston marathon. However, she would not return home to her husband and children after her run that morning. At around 4:20 AM, Liza Fletcher was […]Read More Going for a run is dangerous?
Just over the weekend, downtown Harrisonburg, VA hosted its annual International Festival. Marking its 25th annual celebration, the International Festival is an outdoor, flea-market style event that invites people of the Harrisonburg community to a festival of food, handcrafted arts, and other goods made by people of various international origins within the community. Despite the […]Read More harrisonburg’s international festival: Through a feminist lens
I have loved reading my entire life. Harry Potter was the first series that I adored and became slightly obsessed with. With that being said, my book choices have matured as I have grown older, however, a good romance novel is something I have always, and will always enjoy. However, sometimes it’s hard to find […]Read More BookTok – How Has It Impacted People and Their View of Romance?
In recent years social media consumption has increased greatly. Social media plays a large role in many people’s lives, especially women under 25. Girls are the biggest users of social media as a way of communicating and creating their own online identity. Every day, hours are spent scrolling through Instagram, Tik Tok, Snapchat, and other […]Read More Social media: unrealistic body standards
In our Newsroom Roundup on September 21st, 2022, we discussed local, national, and global news stories from a feminist perspective. This discussion included reviewing intersectionality in feminist conversations, the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico, and the French Cycling Federation’s unequal use of funds. Local The student-run blog, Feminism is for Everyone, covers a wide variety […]Read More Newsroom ROundup September 21
No thank you. I am sure most of us have heard these terms numerous times. I asked important women in my life- my friends, mother, grandmothers, and cousins and they all admitted to being something like this throughout their life. Whether it was as a child or now, everyone seemed to have a similar experience. […]Read More Sit like a lady
“If I’m skinny then I’ll be beautiful” …… BULL SH*** YOU ALREADY ARE. The “perfect body image”, a toxic trend that is now a societal norm. Females deal with the daily pressure to have the “perfect body”: small, petite, and a size 0. Films playing a role in this toxic trend, showing little girls whether […]Read More Fu** Society, I Love ME
What do you think of when you hear about Victoria’s Secret brand? I think of push-up bras and thongs. That’s what I would spend my money on in middle school and early high school. Little did I know then I was buying into the falsehoods and lies behind Victoria’s Secret. It was an extremely popular […]Read More Victoria’s Secret: A Toxic Fantasy
Let’s talk about being a woman of color at a predominantly white institution (PWI). I am an Afro-Latinx woman. Not only am I a person of color but I am also a woman which means I must face inequalities in my race, ethnicity, and my gender. I grew up in a pretty diverse area, but […]Read More Pov: You’re a woman of color at a PWI
Let’s talk about sex. You heard me. Let’s talk about it. More specifically, Iet’s talk about the shame and stigma surrounding women who like to have sex. What a wild concept, right? That a female, just like a testosterone-driven male, can want and enjoy “it”, too. In fact, there is beauty and power to a […]Read More stop calling me a slut
The gender reveals party community has completely engrossed our modern society. It has come down to the degree of environmental and physical harm. All this occurs for announcing a baby’s sex, not gender. Our culture is deeply entwined with the concept of gender because it determines treatment, assumes likes and dislikes, and highlights a societal […]Read More Gender REVEALS and the Harmful Binary
Just this past weekend, I attended my oldest sister’s bachelorette party in VA Beach. The attendees were women from the bridal party–my sisters and friends of the bride. During this weekend, I couldn’t help but observe the interactions and actions of these six very different–yet also very similar–women through a feminist lens. Consequently, I left […]Read More why do women feel the need to ‘fix’ unfaithful men?
With the recent detainment in Russia of WNBA player, Britney Griner, making national headlines, it’s brought to light many issues of inequality in sports- gender pay gap being one. Nine years. The harshness of her sentence, and the reason she was even in Russia to begin with are what really affected me. Russia and the […]Read More Why is there still a pay gap in NBA vs. WNBA??
When I was a child, my favorite character was Scooby-Doo, however, my mom was never able to find Scooby-Doo clothing in the girls’ section at the store. For some reason, in my five-year-old mind it was essential that I had Scooby-Doo clothing, so she finally provided me with some, but I was so embarrassed that […]Read More Pink is for Boys: Challenging Gender norms in clothing
Menstruating-people across the country lost access to period products; however, certain populations have “blamed” for this shortage more than others.Read More The Tampon Shortage is a Feminist Issue
On September 14th, we discussed local, national, and global news from feminist standpoints. This included information about a local professor aiming to educate college students on the election process, a governor in South Carolina introducing a 15-week abortion ban, and a Saudi Arabian woman being prosecuted for tweets. Local: Professor Bobby G. Gentry of Bridgewater […]Read More NewsRoom Roundup September 14th, 2022
As women living in the United States, I’m sure we have all been to the doctors and physicians who have these amazing mission statements about quality care, equality and just systems. But, have you ever actually experienced it? Probably not, especially if you are a black woman living in the United States. Black women are […]Read More Oh you’re in pain? Get over it. – U.S Healthcare system
Tinder. The Mecca of college dating. When a college student swipes right on Tinder, what might be going through their heads? “Omg he’s so cute”, “I would love to fuck her”, or “Damn she’s fire”. College students instantly reveal their inner SLUT as soon as they open the app. Can you blame them though? Imagine […]Read More Swipe left or swipe right?
Despite individuals with disabilities account for a large portion of the population, there is still a lack of advocacy and proper policies to accommodate these individuals. This is due to barriers many people with disabilities face such as fewer economic opportunities, higher poverty as well as access to necessary health resources. These barriers make it […]Read More Facing BARRIERS: WOMEN AND DISABILITIES
A look at the history of leadership at jmu Like me, I’m sure you’ve heard the joke “she went to college to get an MRS degree,” more than once. My experience at JMU has actually broadened my ideas as a feminist, so the concept of only going to college to meet a man seems foreign. […]Read More Is jmu a feminist institution?
Shhhhh!!!… W.O.M.E.N, Women. What does the word mean? What value does it hold? When you look at yourself what do you see? In today’s society the definition of what it means to be a woman has changed in so many ways. Going back in history we were seen not as an individual but as an […]Read More w.o.M.E.N Silenced No more. Taking Back the Power
Cancer. This word holds power before it’s a connection to a human being. Women with cancer. These words hold power, bias, and judgment as a result of gender. When I imagine a woman with cancer, I instantly feel the pain of breast cancer. The pink ribbons, pity, and a potential mastectomy. Many of us know […]Read More WOMEN WITH CANCER: WIGS AND DIGS
My doctor asks, “Is there a record of any eating disorders in your family medical history?” and I start laughing right there in the awkwardly small office, it echoes off the walls until I realize I am an adult and I have to answer.Read More adhd and eating disorders in women: Why nobody gives a sh*t
The word “codependency” refers to an individual being emotionally and/or psychologically reliant on their partner. These kinds of codependent relationships are more common than one would think and not every individual can realize they’re in one. As a feminist, the main focus is on finding individual power and being true to one’s self. This blog […]Read More Finding your power in relationships
How do you appropriately start a JMU football game? Any guesses? The answer is an old-fashioned tailgate, a tent full of food, drinks, and A LOT of spirit wear. I have seriously never seen so much JMU gear in my entire life. Then, it was onto the next step; walking into the Bridgeforth stadium where […]Read More JMU FOOTBALL VS. SEXISM
the rise and fall of andrew tate Banned… again? Andrew Tate, viral TikTok star, has been banned from yet another social media platform. The famous kick-boxer doubles as an internet sensation and gained fame on TikTok after a ‘banning spree’ on his other media accounts.The TikTok hashtag #AndrewTate has a staggering 16.2 billion views, which […]Read More DETHRONING “THE KING OF TOXIC MASCULINITY”
“I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people. Maybe the best word to describe what […]Read More Why Serena Williams is my Career Woman Goals
IN OUR NEWSROOM ON SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2022, WE REVIEWED AND DISCUSSED AT GLOBAL, NATIONAL, AND LOCAL NEWS FROM A FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE. THE NEWS ARTICLES INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, A TIK TOK TREND SWEEPING THE NATION, ABORTION RIGHTS IN KANSAS, AND HOW JMU CELEBRATED NATIONAL WOMENS DAY.Read More nEWSROOM rOUNDUP sEPTEMBER 7TH, 2022
Think of the word “soldier”. Your mind probably creates the image of a white man in uniform, armed, and ready to serve his country. Don’t worry, it’s not your fault you associate a masculine connotation with the word. What you picture has been depicted in photographs, textbooks, media, and has been accurate for most of […]Read More A Modern Rosie
BUT WE’RE BACK! Let’s send a HUGE ShoutOut! JMU welcome to our newest cohort of bloggers! griffynduke Hi everyone! I’m a junior History and Political Science major who is extremely excited to join the ShoutOut! JMU Community! While I know little about blogging, I am devoted to the idea that we need a more inclusive and […]Read More Don’t call it a comeback…
I’ve got to say growing up in the suburbs of Virginia Beach hits a little different when you’re considered “White washed” black woman. What does that word even mean? Urban dictionary describes whitewashed as a derogatory term used to describe a minority who has assimilated with western society. It can be used as a compliment […]Read More “White washed” Black Woman
Because teen pregnancy and STD rates are so high in the United States, parents, policymakers, and educators all share a common interest in finding sex education programs that will lower these rates. Everyone has an opinion about sex education, myself included, but the state governors are the ones who must decide whether to apply for […]Read More Comprehensive Sex Education vs. Abstinence-only-until-marriage Programs
This past week has been quite eventful for the local community and the world as well. It seems steps to ensure public health are underway, ranging from human rights to disease control. First up in local news, the Biden administration petitioned to bring healthcare for pregnant women and their children under the Build Back Better […]Read More newsroom round-up
Germany’s gender pay gap was under 20% for the first time in 2019. This was an exciting accomplishment for Germany. However, it is still not adequate. Right now Germany’s pay gap is at 19.2%. This is higher than the EU average gap, which is 14.1%. Germany has one of the highest gaps in all of […]Read More Germany’s attack on the gender pay gap
I’m from a rural county in Virginia. There are a lot of things that are difficult to access in my hometown…affordable housing, internet access, cell signal and decent water, to name a few. One thing there will never be a shortage of is country music stations. With the exception of one “positive hits” station every […]Read More I Love Coutry Music, But it Needs to Change
I recently had a conversation with a family member of mine about the “controversial” medical procedure that is abortion. As we all know Texas has recently passed a bill limiting the access women have to abortions. The bill insinuates that six weeks is a long enough time for a woman to decide whether she wants […]Read More Abortion, viagra, what’s the difference, right?
Hello everyone! Today I wanted to talk about sex… Sexuality that is. Sexuality has become a more mainstream topic after the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized same-sex marriage. I wanted to talk about my experience with sexuality, both in my personal and romantic life. This is just my personal experience with sexuality, […]Read More Let’s Talk About Sex(uality)!
On November 25th, 2021, Australia proposed a new bill that will essentially protect religious people from “cancel culture”, while discriminating against members of the LGBTQ+ community. Prime Minister, Scott Morrison says that if the bill is passed then it will ensure that religious organizations and people will be protected to express their beliefs. This also […]Read More proposed discriminatory bill in australia… what is it about?
Cyberfeminism was coined in the 1990s by feminists who were interested in theorizing and critiquing the internet and new media technologies through a feminist lens. Cyberfeminism is an approach that explores the relationships within cyberspace. The term came out of ‘third-wave‘ feminism, which followed the movements of the ‘second-wave’ feminism of the 1970s that focused […]Read More What does cyberfeminism mean?
On November 16th, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation that aims to expand protections for the LGBTQ+ community. Bill S.5325/A.6193 requires utility companies to allow customers to use their preferred names and pronouns. This bill was crafted in response to an uptick in attacks on LGBTQ+ rights and protections around the country. Governor […]Read More Push and pull on legislation for lgbtq+ protections
I have always been told that I am outgoing and sociable; as a young lady “should” be. While I may be easy to talk to and outgoing, I am a strong introvert; for every hour of social activity, I need two hours by myself. I guess you could say I am an “extroverted introvert”, but […]Read More The Social Butterfly Standard
Time has always fascinated me. It started with me, an elementary school kid, watching videos online about time theories, eventually coming across the idea that the future has already occurred, that everything that has ever and will ever happen exists somewhere in space and time. This theory in particular stood out to me, and it […]Read More The Gender Credibility Gap Represented Through The Treatment of Psychic Mediums
It saves my friends from an uncomfortable interaction down the road, makes me feel more comfortable, and allows them to engage in a safe space for dialogue. So, it does start with us and just a simple conversation.Read More ADDRESSING GENDER STEREOTYPES WITH YOUR CLOSE FRIENDS IS HARD…BUT I DID IT!