I cannot begin to wrap my mind around the fact that my time as an undergraduate student and, consequently, ShoutOut! blogger/editor have come to an end. I’ve been lucky enough to find my feminist community here at JMU, and now I have the task of seeking out a new one when I leave here. If you have yet […]Read More So Long, Farewell
As I prepare to graduate in just 6 short days (*sobs), I’m looking back at all my time here while also looking forward to my next adventure. Part of what defined my experience here was my growth in feminism. Prior to college, I would not have called myself a feminist. I would have told you […]Read More Thanks For the Memories
The following post was written by guest blogger, Stephen Roddewig. In 2014, JMU found three fraternity men “responsible” for the forceful sexual assault of Sarah Butters during a spring break trip and sentenced them to “expulsion after graduation.” But the focus of media coverage centered on the university, whose ruling sparked the initial outcry surrounding the […]Read More Sexual Assault and JMU’s Hidden Figures
Note to the reader: if you’re unsure of what some of the terms in this post mean, check out ShoutOut’s definition page! Feminism is my buzzword. Say the “f” word once and I’m as alert as the dog from “Up,” and plaster it on anything I will scoop it up faster than ice cream. So […]Read More We Should All Be (Inclusive) Feminists
Feminism seems to be a popular topic nowadays, as we delve deeper into the Trump administration and it’s raging terror. The March for Science this past Saturday, Feminism’s intersectional identities seem to convulse in a fight for justice against society. Allies across the nation, and across the world have been fighting for justice for their […]Read More Feminism isn’t a soundboard for your privilege.
I spent this past weekend playing very challenging, high-level rugby games in the Women’s D1 Round of Sixteen for Nationals. Truthfully, we got our butts kicked, having lost the fire, and numbers, from an undefeated fall season which earned us number one seed in the league. I spent the rest of Sunday, and today, reflecting on my […]Read More Opening Up The Old Boys’ Club
I used to love watching companies come out with new products that claim to help fight for gender equality or women’s rights. I used to think WOW!! I’m so glad that companies are showing strong female athletes, women of color, and women with more than one body size. Being naïve, I immediately assumed that all […]Read More Watch out for Femvertising!!!
Dear Mom, When I called you last week, we talked about children. You could barely contain your excitement – Christine just gave birth and cousin Amelia is pregnant with her fourth baby. You also reminded me that my cousins Helen, Sarah, and Anna all have babies. Mom, I don’t want to have a baby. You laughed […]Read More Dear Mom: A Letter About Why I Will Never Give You Grandchildren
This is likely going to be my last blog post before I enter the pulsating caffeine and home-made taco infused vortex that is Graduate School life. I figured I’d talk about a movie that is literally tattooed onto my heart and brain stems. It’s been called the vilest and most repulsive film ever. And for […]Read More The filth and feminism of “Pink Flamingos”
**TW: Mentions of sexual assault/abuse and suicide** For fans of the popular YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, March 31st was an exciting day. Netflix released the much awaited televised adaptation of the book. At first, viewer response was overwhelmingly positive. The storylines and characters are complicated and complex, making it difficult to truly— in the […]Read More Press Play: A Critical Analysis of ’13 Reasons Why’