The other night I was sitting in the photo lab on campus, sorting negatives, when I started Speaking Up, one of NPR’s Ted Radio Hour podcast episodes. It began with the story of a queer, Bahrainian woman name Esra’a. She introduced herself to a crowd, describing her upbringing in Bahrain: “You were encouraged to be invisible, and […]Read More Where are you, in the fight for unity?
The scope of a woman’s role in most cultures, surrounds her femininity. She is seen as a symbol of motherhood, nature, fertility, and the like, while the man is often attributed with inherent machismo and titles like, “breadwinner”, even if these roles are not so. In recent years and months, issues surrounding women in the […]Read More The Working Woman
Around 4 p.m. last Saturday afternoon, I sat in Elephant and Castle on Pennsylvania Avenue as President Trump delivered a televised speech to the intelligence community in front of the C.I.A. memorial wall. Around me a rowdy crowd booed and jeered at this man, and outside a steady procession filled the streets in opposition of […]Read More Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Sign
This past week has been a whirlwind for US politics – the Presidential election, protests, and global commentary. There’s a lot of scare rhetoric out there, intimidating the LGBTQ+ community. Some things in the news are true, others are just meant to intimidate the community. Personally, I was terrified while watching the election results roll […]Read More LGBTQ+ News: There’s a Silver Lining to Every Political Storm Cloud
The leaves are changing colors, the temperature is dropping fast, and everything is pumpkin flavored. Halloween is in the air. I know you’re a procrastinator. You haven’t decided on a costume yet. You’ve been flipping through Buzzfeed articles and the 1000+ Pinterest ideas to find the perfect one. Well, look no further. I have some […]Read More Dear JMU: It’s costume time!!!
Title in reference to this meme. For those who argue that there is no need for feminism, or who think that there is no such thing as privilege, read this. Go to the movies, watch a political debate, open a newspaper. You won’t be surprised to see that the majority of people you see are […]Read More Damnnnn Donald: Back at it again with that white male privilege
Have you ever uttered the words “birth control” in a crowded room, only to have a slew of back-to-back horror stories told to you by 10 different humans? Perhaps you’ve been to the gynecologist or your nearest WebMD web page, only to be completely overwhelmed with options and medical jargon that goes in one […]Read More Birth Control + You: Real Talk