This Thursday, Shout Out! JMU will be hosting a benefit reading of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer: Writings to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls. Similar to The Vagina Monologues, this reading shares the experiences of women and men from around the world, and engages us all in the conversation about gender based violence. […]Read More V-Day JMU 2015: A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer
It’s all over the news, and it’s all over your social media. Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown, was not indicted over the killing of Brown, as the grand jury decided this past Monday evening. As a human being, what can you do? Educate yourself on the situation. Below […]Read More QUICK HIT: Ferguson & Michael Brown
In 2010, Rutgers University professor Kevin Allred created “Politicizing Beyoncé”, a course that pairs U.S. Black Feminist texts, both historical and contemporary, with Beyoncé’s music and career in order to discuss current U.S. race, class, gender, and sexual politics. I had the opportunity to interview Kevin Allred about his class, and here’s what he had […]Read More Q&A With Beyoncé Professor Kevin Allred
On Thursday, November 7th, I attended the It’s On Us student-led roundtable event, where I listened to JMU students and faculty discuss campus efforts to promote healthy, consensual relationships, and ways for all of us to prevent sexual assault. Why is this a huge deal you may ask? For many reasons.Read More It’s On Us: Student-led Roundtable
Meet Consent Bro – the guy teaching fraternity brothers what ‘yes means yes’ really means. In this recent Washington Post article, University of Maryland student Ian Tolino was highlighted for the presentations he gives to UMD fraternity brothers about consent. HURRAY FOR CONSENT!Read More QUICK HIT: Meet Consent Bro!
With Halloween approaching, let’s talk about ways to avoid dressing in racist costumes! 1. Race is not a costume. If you dress as a “Mexican” or a “Native-American”, you are generalizing an entire culture and perpetuating stereotypes, therefore, you are being racist. 2. It is acceptable to dress up as another PERSON from a different race or culture. You can […]Read More QUICK HIT: How NOT to be Racist this Halloween
Recently, I saw an article titled “These 10 Colleges Have the Hottest Girls”, that two of my female friends shared on Facebook. Normally, I don’t pay attention to those kinds of articles because I think they are stupid and unimportant, but the fact that two female friends on Facebook shared it sparked my interest. I […]Read More JMU is the #3 American University with the Hottest Girls. Who Gives A Fuck?
This year, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Kailash Satyarthi of India and Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan. Both were awarded the prize “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”, which is HUGE in the countries of India and Pakistan. In India, boys and girls are often […]Read More QUICK HIT: The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winners
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, so in honor of that, I would like to highlight how we as a society can address the problems of dating violence and how we can stop it, together. It is important to raise awareness, but it is also extremely important to know how to act if you see […]Read More Be an Active Citizen – If You See Something, Say Something
Did you know there are options for male contraception other than condoms? Let’s talk about it. One of the most up-and-coming options for male contraception is something called Vasalgel – a non-hormonal, reversible form of birth control that blocks the vans deferens, aka blocks sperm from being released. Non-hormonal means it won’t mess with testosterone […]Read More Male Birth Control: Let’s Start the Discussion