Graduation is just around the corner and for a senior like me that means the end of a lot of things, including the last time I will be posting as an official member on ShoutOut! The experiences and people I have met through this class/group has completely changed who I am and how I see things. So, as my final post I wanted to talk about the things that both ShoutOut! and feminism have given me through my time here at JMU.
- A Community
Feminism and ShoutOut! has given me a place to fully be myself and express all of my ideas. Though I know within the feminist community we do not all have the same perspectives there is still that sense of sisterhood and understanding that I wouldn’t give up for the world. I know that with this group of people I can freak out about the patriarchy and they would be right there with me with the argument. It is so nice to have this support system especially when the larger society so often dismisses all aspects of feminism.
- Best Friends
Through my work at ShoutOut! I have met some of my best friends and I know that we will stay in contact with each other for the rest of my life. While I know I would have gotten close with a lot of them regardless being in ShoutOut! and sharing our experiences with feminism created a much stronger bond between us. Being a Co-editor with LadyChaotica brought us together so much and really strengthened our relationship because working with each other meant that we had to communicate more and make sure we were expressing ourselves that each other. And by doing that our friendship has gotten stronger which means so much.
- Changed Perspectives
To have gone through this process and not have changed at all would mean that I hadn’t really been paying attention during my time with ShoutOut!. But, I can honestly say that I have been paying attention and my views were constantly changing. The discussions I had with the other bloggers forced me to examine my own beliefs and figuring out where they come from and why they were the way they were. By doing this some of my beliefs became firmer, but others were changed when I realized that someone else had a better point. By consistently challenging my viewpoints I became a stronger more open-minded feminist.
I have been blessed to work with two amazing advisers throughout this project and they have impacted my life so much during that time. They have legitimately become my “womentors” and have helped me become the feminist that I want to be and helped push me toward my dreams and goals in life. They are more than fellow feminists, ore than professors, they have become role models for me and really close friends. I know after college I will continue to pester them with my outrages over things going on in society and they will continue to do the same.
I’ve always had self-confidence issues being a larger woman in our society almost guarantees that fact. My work with feminism though has allowed me to become more confident in myself both physically, emotionally, and mentally. Feminism allows those who are different to become so much more comfortable with themselves because it gives them a space to use their voice, and I have reaped the benefits of this openness in feminism. I am more confident in myself than I have ever been in my entire life and a large part of that is due to feminism directly. Another part is that through feminism I have surrounded myself with understanding and genuine people which also helps boost ones confidence.
I am truly grateful for everything that feminism and ShoutOut! has given me through the years. I wouldn’t be who I am without it all. So, as my final post comes to a close I just wanted to say thank you to all of you, our readers, who have helped make this such a fantastic journey. I am honored to have been able to write for you and hopefully to have expressed issues to which you are passionate. Thank you again for everything ShoutOutians! I bide you adieu!