***TW: This post contains explicit language on topics of sexual violence, rape, gang rape, abuse.*** I am currently enrolled in a class that covers topics related to humanitarian aid and crises, including a history of international aid, natural disasters, epidemic diseases, and affects of war on civilians. Last week, we were covering the impact of […]Read More A Letter to My Professor: Why You Need to Use Trigger Warnings.
Featured Photo Credit here I’m for all women feeling empowered in everything they do. I’m also all for women feeling absolutely empowered in what they wear. Why shouldn’t I? I’m a woman too. So when it comes to this fashion phenomenon, “butt cheek shorts”, i.e. butt-less shorts, I’m forced to question how this article of […]Read More Empowering or Sexualization?
Over the weekend I had the opportunity to travel to San Antonio, Texas with my super-awesome crew of intelligent, passionate public speakers (JMU speech team- we’re kind of big deal…) Amidst our flights and pre-tournament shenanigans, I had quite a bit of time to read up on some pressing stories in the news, most notably […]Read More Dakota Pipeline Protesters: Why We Stand Beside You
So there’s this story. It hasn’t been told much, at least this specific one hasn’t, but it begs to be told. It begs to be heard because it’s like so many other stories. It was the summer before her senior year of high school. Summer in the suburbs with short shorts, bonfires, and house parties. […]Read More That Summer Night: A Story Kept Under Sheets
Sunday night, beloved celebrities took to the red carpet for the Academy Awards. Chris Rock hosted and provided laughs and jokes that criticized the Academy and the lack of people of color as nominees. He also let his daughters sell Girl Scout cookies to the audience. It was a fun night filled with excitement and […]Read More Why Lady Gaga Won the Oscars
Hey friends, instead of crafting a cheeky introduction to kick off this week’s blog topic, I’ve decided to skip right to the part where I begin ranting uncontrollably. Cool? Cool. Here’s what’s been on my mind for the past few days: Kesha’s court case. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the basics of […]Read More Kesha’s case matters a lot more than you might think.
Sexual assault is something people don’t like talking about. It’s not a fun or nice topic. But the fact is that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives and 1 in 2 transgendered individuals will be sexually abused or assaulted at some point in […]Read More Sexual Assault: Let’s Get Some Things Straight