“I’m not eating all day, I have to look skinny when we go out tonight”. “I drank so many calories, I need to throw up”. “My summer diet starts tomorrow, I need to lose 10 pounds this month”. This is all language I have heard firsthand during my freshman year at JMU. The normalization of […]Read More The Eating Disorder Epidemic in college
I cannot count the number of times I have been sitting in public and overheard a conversation between men talking and picking apart women. They are comments about a woman’s body, her personality, her intelligence, and the worst, how she wouldn’t have sex with them. This happens far more often than you may think. I […]Read More Why Men Need to Become Feminists.
Last week, my class SMAD 462: Documentary in Film and TV participated in the Reel Change Film Festival at Court Square Theater. The purpose of this festival was to expose issues relevant to JMU and the greater Harrisonburg community in order to educate, engage, and impact audiences while also celebrating the documentary medium as a […]Read More Us Kids: the power of youth activism in the fight against gun violence
This article explores both sides of the long-awaited Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard battle that will be making its way to Virginia this April. It also discusses cancel culture and the double standards of men and women when it comes to domestic violence.Read More Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard Trial: The Double-Standards for Domestic Abuse
Abortion laws have been an ongoing debate for centuries. Well, whether women have the right to make decisions regarding their own bodies has been the topic of many courtrooms, which are more often than not filled by men. Let’s rewind all the way back to 1973. That’s right, 1973. Which sounds like ages ago, because […]Read More Abortion laws in our country: The battle that never ends
Kristen Shrewsbury is an instructional faculty member at JMU who teaches the special topics course WGSS 300: Queer Families. She’s a Harrisonburg native who went to JMU for her undergraduate degree from 1996 to 2001, and began working at JMU as a professional in 2007. She’s married to a same sex spouse and has two […]Read More An interview with JMU professor Dr. Shrewsbury
I decided to interview two very strong women who I hold very near and dear to my heart… My Mother and my Godmother. I chose to interview them because not only are they some of the strongest Black women I know but they hold very high positions in their workplace as well as being a […]Read More Am I seen As Me?
What is The 19th Amendment? On August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment was ratified. The 19th amendment granted women the right to vote, the specific language is as follows: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account […]Read More Women can vote, so why do they need the Equal Rights Amendment? ￼
The release of Pixar’s Turning Red has stirred up a conversation about whether or not it is appropriate to have puberty be a subject in a children’s film. Are movies like this a step in the right direction to normalizing periods for young girls or is it too advanced for Disney’s audience?Read More Turning Red: The Importance of Normalizing Periods for Young Girls￼
A compiled list of visual artists online to support, including growing Instagram and TikTok painters and small business owners.Read More Feminist Visual Artists to Check Out