This past week, I came across an article written by Charles J Orlando entitled “Ladies please stop doing this on Instagram” on the Thought Catalog. These are my personal thoughts, interpretation of the piece, and response to it. I’ve been taking a lot of self portraits lately… or, rather, selfies. Sometimes, I even upload the ones I […]Read More Ouch, Charlie: A Response
Menstruation is a common part of most women’s lives. It is not gross, nor what defines someone’s womanhood. It is in fact, a monthly biological process that is common in most women (notice most women, because not all that identify as female experience menstruation, whether because of their sex, trans* identity, or meta pause). There […]Read More Menstruation: Not Just a Women’s Issue
In our society, we have various messages that are quickly ingrained in to us as we grow and mature. One such message is that our body exists completely for others, and if others do not see it as being “good” then it loses it’s worth. Statistics have shown that “by middle school, 40-70% of girls are dissatisfied with […]Read More No Body Shame
When we are younger one of the first things that we learn as a child is to “keep your hands to yourself”, why is it that now we are older those rules don’t apply to our genitalia? The Oscar nominated movie, “The Hunting Ground” was played yesterday for JMU students at Grafton. The movie itself […]Read More The Ugly Truth
So often do we call people out for what is known as fat-shaming, the act of bullying someone because they are considered overweight or obese. But do you ever stop and notice all of the skinny-shaming that happens? What is it that makes skinny-shaming seem okay but fat-shaming not? As a girl with a slightly […]Read More Fat-Shaming vs. Skinny-Shaming
First off, let me tell you that I’m typically considered a small girl, coming in strong at five feet tall, and about 130lbs. However, I struggle with my body, my appearance – basically everything about myself on a daily basis. Especially within the past year or so, weight has been something that has seemed to […]Read More Body Positivity: NYC Fashion Week
Caitlyn Jenner. A trans* woman paving her path into visibility, and making it known that it is never too late to embrace yourself and feel comfortable in your own skin. The news is BOOMING with different stories on Caitlyn, but there is so much more about her than just the bullshit you will hear from […]Read More The Ironic Accuracies of The Daily Show on Caitlyn Jenner
As many of you may have heard, one of the most popular gay hookup/chatting apps is called grindr. On grindr, you see all sorts of interesting people, many who are super ignorant. A lot of times, reading a blank profile, I’ll see it saying “Masc for masc only” or “No Fats, no Fems”, and in […]Read More Masc 4 Masc ONLY.
We’ve heard it a million times. Maybe we’ve even said it ourselves. Or worse: maybe we’ve been deemed a biddie. This term has gained a place in our everyday vocabulary – yet we don’t often stop to think about the meaning or history of this word.Read More What Does Biddie Mean, Anyway?
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words could definitely kill me. As a communications major, this is the saying that I go by. Words hurt, worse than any kind of physical pain I have ever felt. “Wow, I bet you can really throw her around.” –An actual statement that was said to my […]Read More My Size Is Not Up For Discussion