New Year, New Bloggers: Welcome Back, Everyone!

Hey hey hey readers! I am so excited to be back in action and writing for ShoutOut! again this semester and I am honored to say that I, along with SassyYazzy and HeroineAddict, will be taking over as the co-editors for a semester of fem-tastic blogging, following in the footsteps of the amazing eternallyfeminist!

I just wanted to start off the new year and new semester by saying thank you to all our loyal readers out there. We have a brand new batch of eager bloggers, along with some great returning bloggers, who are hoping to engage in inclusive, thought-provoking discussions about a host of issues facing America and the world at large.

Twenty sixteen was one hell of a year, for better or for worse, amiright? From mass shootings in public spaces, police killings of unarmed Black men, improvement of US relations with Cuba, the passing of HB2, the still-unresolved Flint water crisis, Dakota Access Pipeline protests, the shooting of Harambe, the first woman to receive the Presidential Nomination from the DNC,  Trump’s election win, Hurricane Matthew ravaging Haiti, Hillary’s emails, Trumps’ taxes, the rise of the Zika virus, terrorist attacks carried out by ISIS, Brexit, the deaths of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Justice Antonin Scalia, First Lady Nancy Reagan, and so many more iconic public people …

I could go on and on about the tragedy that was the year 2016. Suffice it to say, there are a lot of questions and unknowns when it comes to the future of our nation and the international community. I want to face these issues head-on as they come. Despite the fact that I want to run and hide under a rock until the horror ends, I cannot. It is my duty to be an active voice, through ShoutOut! and through everyday interactions. As an active participant in American society, I cannot simply run away from the unknowns of 2017.

I want to use my voice and my platform to challenge commonly held opinions and norms, to question the world around me, to engage with my fellow feminists in a productive conversation about their values, their actions, their belief systems, and their opinions. I implore you to do the same.

As Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.” Will you do your part to ensure that our boat does not sink?

Featured Image Source: Rich Anderson, Flickr

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