It saves my friends from an uncomfortable interaction down the road, makes me feel more comfortable, and allows them to engage in a safe space for dialogue. So, it does start with us and just a simple conversation.Read More ADDRESSING GENDER STEREOTYPES WITH YOUR CLOSE FRIENDS IS HARD…BUT I DID IT!
There is no one way to be a perfect feminist. How a person chooses to support and share feminism depends first how they define their feminism, the spectrum is wide. That being said, popular feminist, Sara Ahmed, outlines one way to live a feminist lifestyle. In her book Living a Feminist Life she outlines what […]Read More The Killjoys of Tik Tok
While participating in sports can be a great way to stay active and be a healthy outlet for competitiveness, it can have a detrimental effect on women athlete’s body image. I have been an athlete my entire life. Everyone in my family was an athlete. All of the women in my family were cheerleaders, dancers, […]Read More Body Image: An Athlete’s Perspective
As a cisgender woman, I am in no way speaking on others’ experiences with or regarding transgender identity positionally. Despite this, this is my experience and exploration when one of my friends started dating a transgender male and how I approached the conversation with her (cisgender woman). In my identity positionally, I had a lot […]Read More MY GROWTH ABOUT DIFFERING IDENTITIES THROUGH THE HELP OF MY FRIEND
Disclaimer: This is just my personal experience with birth control. As if being a teenage girl does not suck enough, those are the years we are oh so blessed with what is called the menstrual cycle. On top of being extremely embarrassed by my hormonal acne like every other teenage girl without porcelain skin, I […]Read More my journey with Birth control
During my senior year of high school, I met my first boyfriend. While we had issues, we would continue to date through part of my junior year of college. We went to different universities, so the long distance aspect of the relationship took away time from other facets of my life. My boyfriend and I […]Read More For a while… i thought life revolved around men
how i went from hating to loving feminism. Okay, maybe ‘hating’ is a strong word. Just go with it. All my life I have been surrounded by men who told me that being a women made me weak, inferior, and even less “cool” than them. And I believed it. I spent my whole childhood trying […]Read More Feminism is cool.
how sorority recruitment limits women’s uniqueness I am a woman in a sorority and i’ll be the first to say that contrary to popular belief, social sororities have more benefits than they do detriments (that is, in my experience). However, when the familiar recruitment season comes around, it seems as if sororities are less about […]Read More Individuality in a sea of “basic”
I had never conducted an interview before in my life. But for ShoutOut!, I decided that I wanted to showcase local feminist and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) professor Dr. Sharon Mazzarella, who has been teaching for 13 years at James Madison University. In this interview, we discuss her research in young girlhood, her […]Read More Interview with JMU Professor Dr. Mazzarella
“We are either going to have a future where women lead the way to make peace with the Earth or we are not going to have a human future at all.” —Vandana Shiva As an inspiring environmentalist and a self-proclaimed feminist, the concept of eco-feminism as always piqued my interest. The relation of nature and […]Read More Is Eco-feminism a Justified Branch of Feminism?