Meet self-proclaimed “Feminasty” Erin Gibson and “Homosensual” Bryan Safi, two comedians who take a “weekly look at all the issues important to ladies and gays…and treat them with much less respect than they deserve.” These are the hosts of the sarcasm-dripping, startling-laughter-in-public inducing feminist podcast Throwing Shade, a sometimes problematic, ranty, usually extremely relevant, sometimes […]Read More Throwing Shade: A Feminasty Podcast Review
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
How can we let a murderer walk free? The amount of issues individuals face daily due to their gender identity is truly immense. Through my studies, I have become familiar with the issues that trans* individuals face daily due to their gender identity. In order to truly understand the issues that impede on the trans […]Read More Radical Justice for trans* youth
Tuesday marked one of my favorite events at JMU: Take Back the Night, a night when JMU students, faculty and staff gather in Grafton-Stovall Theater to support survivors of sexual violence. TBTN was an evening filled with performances from a cappella groups, spoken word poetry pieces, a keynote speech from writer/activist/feminist extraordinaire Wagatwe Wanjuki, a […]Read More Why Aren’t More People Taking Back the Night?
Today is International Women’s Day! Each year on March 8th, women across the world celebrate women’s achievements, while calling for greater gender equality, and we should all get in on the action.Read More Happy International Women’s Day!
*Content warning: contains email describing violence against women Anita Sarkeesian is the creator of Feminist Frequency, a video webseries that explores the representation of women in pop culture. According to the website, Feminist Frequency “largely serves as an educational resource to encourage critical media literacy and provide resources for media makers to improve their works […]Read More Guns Still Allowed After Terror Threats Against Feminist Speaker
*Warning The Video That Is Attached Is Extremely Violent, Viewer Discretion is Advised* This past week I’ve had two different conversations with two different groups of people about the life of Transgenders, and the difficultly that they face in our society. Our society, as a whole, still views them as abnormal and more often than […]Read More Man, I Feel Like A Woman
TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of rape/ sexual assault. In my last post, I explained that the way a person dresses doesn’t indicate anyone’s right to touch them, and why this notion is so instrumental in contributing to rape culture. As the second post in my series about rape culture, I wanted to explore the concept of […]Read More Rape Culture: Who’s Laughing Now?
TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of rape/ sexual assault. Due to the recent publicity of the Steubenville rape case (and the horrific way it has been handled in the media), I have decided to write a blog series about rape culture to better explain how it is upsetting yet unsurprising that this rape happened, and that it […]Read More Rape Culture and the Way Women Dress
“I was always interested in social change but never actually did anything about it.” ~ Ben Rattray I’m returning for one last installment of the Millennium trilogy posts. Again without spoilers, I will explore author Stieg Larsson’s explosive series with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. In the final installment, we find Lisbeth Salander […]Read More The Millennium Trilogy: The Man Who’s Fight Lives On