It is hard to believe it, but this is it. My 41st and final post for ShoutOut JMU. We have shared three semesters of avid blogging my dear readers – but let’s take one last journey together. I want to reflect on my blogging experience, talk about the transformative power of the blogosphere (and how you can be a […]Read More My 41st Post
Welcome to my fourth installment of Imposed Cultures, a series that takes a closer look at common societal practices and beliefs to reveal that what we often think of as “natural” is anything but! Today we are going to explore the popular idea that “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” While many people use the […]Read More Imposed Cultures: Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
Last night, survivors and allies of sexual assault gathered at James Madison University to “take back the night.” Throughout the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the annual event takes place in communities and campuses around the world. The goal is to draw awareness to the prevalence of sexual assault, de-stigmatize it, […]Read More Take Back the Night
Two years ago I wrote a blog post about a book called A Life of One’s Own by Ilana Simons. When I first read the mix of Virginia Woolf wisdom and self-help psychology, I was going through a bad separation from an ex-boyfriend, and the advice I found in Simons’s book helped me both to cope and put the […]Read More A Life of One’s Own – Part Two
I thought the answer to this statement was obvious, but the national media’s handling of the Steubenville rape case has proved me wrong. I don’t want to hear one more word about how the two rapists lives have been ruined or the football careers they missed out on. What about the victim? How has her life and the lives […]Read More Why Getting Raped Is Worse Than Missing Football Practice
Since I was a teenager I have been wondering, can I have a career and a family? Is there any way to raise kids AND be successful in the workplace? I hardly manage to pack my own lunch and make it to school on time now – where would I ever find the energy to get […]Read More Imposed Cultures: Kids or Career?
Warning: This blog contains nudity that is quite sexy and empowering to women, nevertheless, some may find it offensive. A few weeks ago I promised that I was going to introduce my readers to some “good for the soul” feminist music, so here I am, with someone awesome for you all to meet – her […]Read More Meet Amanda Palmer
Let me preface by saying that I am a feminist who almost always wears a bra – on days like today when I don’t, it’s only because I’ve done nothing but lay in bed and watch Netflix. (Jeff Who Lives At Home = best Jason Segal Movie ever!) The farthest I’ve gone today is into the kitchen […]Read More Imposed Cultures: Women NEED Bras
Meet Alana Simpson, my first guest blogger ever! I email interviewed her at work for a press release a few weeks ago and have been excited to share her story ever since. On Tuesday, January 23, Alana traveled to Richmond with thirty-five other JMU Social Work students to spend a day advocating for social justice […]Read More Saturday Special – Guest Blogger!
I am a radical feminist. And I always hear the sounds of a happy parade when I read that sentence, complete with fireworks and elephants trunks blasting towards the sky. I really LOVE being a feminist! I doubt any of this surprises those of you who have been reading my blogs for three semesters, but […]Read More Feminist Roots – How I Became A Radical