What If Women and Girls Ruled The World?

17 Sep

What would the world be like if women and girls were in charge? It’s an interesting and thought provoking question isn’t it? BK Nation, a website dedicated to building knowledge and leadership, is publishing a new blog series this fall entitled “If Women and Girls Ruled the World….” On the BK Nation website they have a similar blog series posted from Women’s History Month and the photos, videos, poems and other written works are seriously powerful.

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Quick Hit: Destroy the Stereotype and STOP Apologizing

16 Sep

Why do women frequently identify their behavior as worthy of an apology? Don’t be sorry. BE STRONG. Watch this clip that shows 30 seconds of women over-apologizing, followed by 30 AWESOME seconds of them annhilating the shit out of that stereotype.

Anti-Rape Nail Polish: A Product of Rape Culture?

16 Sep

A few weeks ago, the story broke about a new anti-rape nail polish developed by four undergraduate male students from North Carolina State University. The polish changes color when it comes into contact with common date rape drugs. Many news sources have praised the product, calling it a huge step in ending the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. A cute nail polish that can also protect you! Seems great, right? Well, maybe not.

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QUICK HIT: Ray Rice Inspired Make Up Tutorial

15 Sep

Today all of us ShoutOut! JMU bloggers watched this video from Meagan Mackay. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Stand Up (and Shout Out) for Feminism

15 Sep

Let’s face it: the word “feminism” has quite a big stigma attached to it. Even in today’s society, some people still think that feminists are bra-burning, men-hating, humorless women who want to destroy everything regarding traditional femininity and “the patriarchy”. Clearly I’m exaggerating a bit, but you get the point. I believe that this stigma prevails because people don’t really know what feminism is, and, in turn, are afraid to call themselves feminists because of the prejudice attached to the word.

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This fear of the word feminism and/or lack of knowledge of feminism’s definition occurs all the time, especially around people our age. So… let’s talk about it. Continue reading

Your Nude Selfies: Why They Matter on a National Scale

14 Sep

The First Amendment to the US Constitution grants citizens many essential rights including the right to free speech and freedom of the press. Generally, the First Amendment is a boon to citizens- allowing us to express our opinions freely and without consequence. However, in the context of “The Fappenig”/”Celebgate” and revenge porn, the First Amendment often acts as a roadblock for victims.

Blue states have either adopted 'revenge porn' legislation, or have legislation pending. The black states represent the states that currently offer no protection for victims of revenge porn. Photo courtesy of: http://gawker.com/the-case-for-making-revenge-porn-a-federal-crime-1552861507

Blue states have either adopted ‘revenge porn’ legislation, or have legislation pending. The black states represent the states that currently offer no protection for victims of revenge porn.
Photo courtesy of: http://gawker.com/the-case-for-making-revenge-porn-a-federal-crime-1552861507

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My Anaconda Don’t Want None Unless You Got RESPECT FOR MY BODY

13 Sep

A couple weeks ago, some of my friends introduced me to Nicki Minaj’s song, “Anaconda”. “Just get ready, the whole video is her ass”, they told me. “Sounds great?” I said, “I guess I’m down to watch Nicki Minaj’s ass for a couple minutes”.

What I wasn’t expecting was to be blown away with Nicki Minaj’s bold feminism, and to be inspired by all the booty in the video.

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Fuck These Skinny Bitches!

12 Sep

“Real men like women with curves.”

“I’m bringing booty back go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that.”

“Where my fat ass big bitches in the club? Fuck the skinny bitches in the club!

What do these phrases/ song lyrics have in common? There is a parallel in the communication of the woman’s body. On one hand these words are used to empower curvier women, but at the same time tears down women who aren’t all about that bass. (Hope you get the reference :-)) If you don’t get that reference, its okay, I’m about to give Meghan Trainor a piece of my mind.

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Label Me Not

11 Sep

This past weekend was Recruitment for all the sororities at JMU. I am in a sorority (I won’t say which one) and something that happened left me quite peeved. We wear name tags, and on those name tags, in addition to our names, we were required to fill in the phrase “I am…”

This seemingly harmless request really rubbed me the wrong way. I hated that whichever word I chose, to write on the tag, would carry a host of underlying connotations. I hated that I was being forced to sum myself up in ONE word. So I didn’t write anything. Left the stupid tag blank. And all weekend, my friends were quite literally coming at me with Sharpies—trying to brand me.
All the while, in my head, I was questioning why I had to make such a big deal about it. No one else seemed as repulsed by the idea as me. I kept attributing my reaction to my deeply-set aversion to labeling. I have always had a huge problem with labels…or so I thought. Continue reading

Framing Ray Rice’s Story: Blaming and Shaming Janay

10 Sep

**Trigger Warning: Discusses domestic abuse**

Originally, I had no plan to write about Ray Rice and the disgusting video that TMZ leaked. We all saw it, we all know it was wrong and (rightfully) his NFL contract was terminated. Case closed in my opinion…well so I thought. My mind changed over the past few days when I started seeing the trend of what was happening in the framing of this story.

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