If you are here reading “Shoutout!”, chances are you consider yourself a feminist. Or maybe you don’t like labels, but you do believe that regardless of gender or sex, everybody deserves equal opportunities- especially those who have been historically and institutionally oppressed. Regardless, like any movement, Feminism has a lot of jargon and topics that […]Read More Feminism 101: A Beginners Guide to Feminist Terminology
At the end of freshman year, I went out with a group of friends. The night started innocently enough— we tried on different outfits, played our favorite songs and took millions of Snapchats and Instagram photos. It was supposed to be a final hurrah before finals week started, a night of unadulterated fun before we’d […]Read More Sorry, Maroon 5, But Getting Drugged Isn’t a Party
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
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
In California, “No Means No” doesn’t cut it anymore. If you want to have sex with someone, both parties must give a clear and (hopefully) enthusiastic yes. If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, California’s Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Senate Bill 967 into law, also known as the “yes means yes” law. This law […]Read More Will Affirmative Consent Change Hookup Culture in a Positive Way? Or… Not?
Things that DON’T matter: What she’s wearing If she went home with him If her hair was in a ponytail If she was out late at night If she was by herself Things that DO matter: The fact that most sexual assaults are not reported due to fear The fact that many sexual assaults that […]Read More Never to Blame