ChelleBelle, Editor Fall 2014
Well hello! I’m Michelle, a senior Communications major and American Studies minor. My concentration is Public Relations so I wanted to write for ShoutOut to get some practice in the blogging and social media world since I’m slightly technologically challenged. I am also a firm believer that if there is injustice taking place and you don’t speak up about it, you are just as much a part of the problem. I’ve recently realized that I feel too strongly to just sit back and hope that equality happens so I’m super excited to have this opportunity! Can’t wait to share my views and hopefully discover some new things about myself and feminism in general :)
Salutations. My name is Donya (pronounced like “Tanya” except, with a “D” instead of a “T.”) I am a second generation Iranian-American that is fluent in sarcasm and the art in selecting scented candles. Red Hot Chili Peppers super-fan, lactose intolerant (missing ice-cream dearly at the moment), germ-a-phobic reincarnated hippie at your service! I am majoring in Communications Studies at JMU and before you ask, no, I have no idea what I want to do with my degree once I get it. I do know, however, that I will be a singer/songwriter/musician “when I grow up.” The goal isn’t to be famous, just to reach people with music. Until then, I will be sharing my thoughts about the latest issues pressing on the heavily brainwashed minds of our generation, on this here lovely blog.
I am a huge believer in mindfulness, awareness and the art of “being.” I am currently strapped onto a metonoia-filled rollercoaster—loving every second of it. For example, I just started drinking coffee last week and quickly decided that it is the nectar of the gods. I take it as black as Voldemort’s soul. Perception is everything, aliens exist.
Hello there! I’m Lucy/MustBeAMermaid, and I could not be more excited to write for ShoutOut this semester! I’m a senior English major with a Theatre minor, and I’m hoping to pursue a career in Human Rights advocacy post-graduation. In my free time, I enjoy watching overly-dramatic TV shows on Netflix, listening to feminist podcasts, reading books that are meant for pre-teen girls, and eating nutella in bed. Feminist discourse is something that I’m super passionate about, and I cannot wait to see how ShoutOut impacts my own feminist ideals as well as the greater JMU Community this semester. Because I’m a literature/poetry nerd and I love collecting quotes, I’ll leave you with the quote that my blogger name is based on: “I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” -Anaïs Nin
Ladychaotica21, Co-Editor Fall 2013/ Spring 2014
Greetings, earthlings. I’m Veronica, or ladychaotica21. I’m a Senior Communications Studies major, with a concentration in Advocacy studies. Although this is only my second semester on the blog, I’m no stranger to feminist discourse–I’ve been passionate about it for as long as I can remember. My favorite pastimes include reading, writing, thinking, watching Star Wars, hiking, talking, eating, and engaging in thought-provoking discussions. I’m looking forward to channeling my passions for consciousness-raising on the blog this semester, particularly with regards to gender equality and female empowerment. I’m an ardent proponent of honest, unapologetic discourse, especially concerning taboo topics unbecoming for a lady to discuss in polite company. I can’t wait to engage in feminist discourse through ShoutOut! this semester, and I encourage frequent feedback and tough questions!
ImagineHerStory, Co-Editor Fall 2013/ Spring 2014
Hey everyone! I am imagineherstory. I love talking about the issues that women face and hope to facilitate discussion or at the very least mental stimulation. I have lived with guys for the past three years, and plan on writing about the issues of being a feminist while living with college men. In order to keep their lives private, I have decided to withhold both my name and theirs, they are great guys but not the most sensitive to feminist issues and sometimes trying to talk to them about it is like banging my head against a brick wall. I hope to one day change their opinion, until then I will vent to you all. I cannot wait to hear what you all have to say!
Well hello beautiful people! I am Xenawarriorprincess and one of the new bloggers for ShoutOut! JMU! To give you a little background on myself, I’m a junior here at James Madison University, a Communication Studies major with a concentration in Public Relations, and a Theater minor. Beyond that, I consider myself an amateur foodie, a lover of zodiac, corgis, pop culture, music, sunshine and many other things. I can’t tell you how eager and excited I am to not only express my unique gendered views to you all, but to reflect and explore myself in relation to feminist discourse throughout this opportunity. It’s an amazing thing to be able to discuss all of our feminist passions to one another, so be our guest and express yourself! Enjoy!
Hey readers! This is YourKnightinshiningTutu and I’m a senior Communication Studies major with a minor in Creative Writing here at JMU. I love writing but I am fairly new to the blogging world, and even newer to the world of feminist critique (besides the 22 years of experience I have of simply being a woman). I look forward to working with ShoutOut! over the next few months and can’t wait to connect with some of you faithful (or new, like me!) readers!
Shelby Wiltz is a student activist and senior at James Madison University studying social justice, women’s studies and creative writing. She is an outspoken queer woman of color with a passion for poetry. Over the last three and a half years she has been working primarily on issues facing the LGBTQ community in Harrisonburg. She recently co-founded a queer youth empowerment and support organization called the Shenandoah Valley YES! Alliance. After graduation, she would like to move to the DC area to pursue a career in writing and advocacy.
My name is Sarah and I am a double major in communication and writing and rhetoric. This is my last semester at James Madison University, but I am not done with school yet, because I am going to graduate school in the fall. I don’t know where yet though! I am writing for JMU ShoutOut because I want to learn more about how America portrays women in popular culture and the media. I am also interested in how gender is portrayed in mundane everyday things such as food, beverages, and dress as well. I look forward to learning more about feminism and learning and growing with JMU ShoutOut!
Hi all, my name is Lauren Fleetwood and I am a senior English major. This is my second semester writing on the blog and I am incredibly excited to contribute. I am heavily interested in the queer community politics and issues involving socioeconomic status/class, and I hope to bring my own experiences in with a continued feminist lens. I plan on opening my mind even further through my experience with the blog and hope to learn more each week!
Oh didn’t see you there! This is your resident firecracker Katie, also known as ladylikesailormouth. I am a Communication Studies major with a concentration in Cultural Communication and a minor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication. I have been a feminist since the day Timmy Williams told me girls could never be good at video games in the 5th grade. While to this day I am still not good at videos games (and I’m supremely jealous of girl gamers who are), I did eventually find an interest in researching rape culture and educating others about sexual assault, female empowerment, as well as the socialization of children and gender. I’m looking forward to developing my feminist voice more and having a space for open discourse to facilitate all facets of feminist opinions.
Howdy! My name’s Will and I write under the pseudonym El Feministo. Self-proclaimed domestic god and aspiring gentleman, I appreciate stimulating conversation and 80’s pop culture references. When I’m not writing about fatherhood or men’s roles within feminism, I enjoy the finer things in life like Redbox movies and gas station coffee (black and lukewarm). While my Californian roots keep me loose, my military background has kept me grounded. Adventure is the name of the game, and once I’m finished studying communication theory at James Madison University I hope to head west towards big mountains or travel east to unknown regions beyond. Ideal gift: a novel. Gift I most often give: a novel.
My name is Carolyn Girondo, and I will be writing under the name “tohellwithsugarandspice.” It’s based off of one of my favorite quotes: “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts…That’s what little girls are made of; to hell with sugar and spice.” I am a senior communication studies and spanish double major. I am all about the equality of the sexes and definitely want to utilize this blog to not just speak my mind but also to absorb knowledge and grow from others. I am a group fitness instructor and marketing assistant at UREC, the Director of Fundraising for SafeRides, and a Alternative Music Rep for ‘stache Media. I’m looking to work in the music industry after graduation. Some of my favorite things in life are spontaneous dance parties, music, group fitness, dove chocolates, cooking, karaoke, yoga, crossing things to-do lists, seeing the world, a hot shower and being horizontal after a long day, meditation, summer nights when it is light outside until late, star gazing, connecting with people, my family and friends, and just trying to enjoy every aspect of this beautiful, crazy, life. Lets. Get. Feminist.
Hey there! My name is Sarah, and I am a senior at James Madison University. I am majoring in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric and a minor in Environmental Studies. I’m new to ShoutOut! this semester, and I don’t have a very extensive background in gender studies, but I have plenty of strong opinions and I’m here to share them with you! Let’s get some good feminist discourse going this semester.
Hi everyone! I’m redheadfemme, a new blogger for ShoutOut and am also new to feminism. I am very excited to learn more and grow in JMU’s feminist community while putting my own unique perspective in my blog posts! I’m a junior at JMU and my major is Communications & English. I’m a Gemini who is very passionate about pugs, my family, friends, reading, traveling, and new experiences!
Hey! You there! How’s it goin? My name is Justin, but you can just call me deltatheory. I’m a senior at JMU with a Communication Studies major and a Women and Gender Studies minor. Most of my friends would classify me as a video game-geek who’s really into electronic music, but my real hobby is definitely theory. I’m pretty much always searching for new perspectives to see the world from, because everyone has their own voice to be heard (and I want to hear it!) I’ve always been a huge fan of feminist discourse, and you’ll find me attempting to stretch myself in new ways this semester as I attempt to explore both the beautiful and serious sides to Feminism. Hope you join me along for the ride!
Hey all! I’m Casey and I’m a senior business major with a communication studies minor here at James Madison University. This is my first time both writing for a blog and exploring feminism. And I’m excited to do both! I can’t wait to see where they take me! I hope to learn a lot this semester and to also open my reader’s eyes as I continue to open my own. I’m a huge fan of food, sleep, sweatpants, smores, wine, disorganization, and all things fluffy.
Brooklyn Steele is a senior at James Madison University, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Family Studies. Her hometown is Front Royal, VA., but resides in Harrisonburg, VA during the school year. She is currently a member of the International Association of Business Communicators. Her career goal is to have a job were she can apply her skills to help people and families, which is why she has her eye on FEMA helping families effected by disasters. Brooklyn became especially interested in Feminism after a Sociology of Gender class last semester, it opened her eyes in so many ways and is excited to be a writer for this blog.
Hello human friends! I’m a SMAD-y turned sociology major (now both). No more than 3 years ago, I sometimes said things like, “I don’t really think a woman should be president….” but I have since found and embraced feminism wholeheartedly. It has become the lens through which I make sense of the world, and it is a big part of my support system now. I’m excited to join this blog and work with this team to extend this worldview to the interwebs and across campus because I know how empowering it can be. ANYWAY – aside from feeling really passionate about feminism, always – I am a proud member of the JMU SafeRides family, have recently picked up knitting, and am often told that my spirit animal is a meerkat. Other than that I just really love humans, and I’m excited to embark on this adventure together! (I’m looking at you, people of the internet.)
I am a senior Psychology major with a Communication minor. In my future, I hope to become a licensed professional counselor after attending graduate school. I decided to write for ShoutOut as a way of voicing my new found feminist viewpoints. After taking a few gender courses at JMU, I realized I would really love to have an outlet to express my thoughts on gender inequality. I am so excited to start writing and cannot wait to read what other people have to say!
jgrand50, Co-Editor Spring 2013
Hello all! My name is Justin Grandinetti and I am a senior. My major is Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Though this is my first semester writing for the blog, I am a longtime reader. I hope that I can bring a different perspective to feminist issues while simultaneously writing enjoyable articles. I look forward to a great year!
FemOnFire, Co-Editor Spring 2013
Hey there! My name is Deirdre Myers. Like Justin, I am a Writing Rhetoric and Technical Communication major with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. I’m a ShoutOut! veteran whose feminist interests began with the Queer/LGBT community and have spread to other intersectionalities of identity. I’m especially passionate about focusing on social change on a personal level, and look forward to exploring new conversations with readers and other bloggers!
My name is Hannah Austin and I am a super super senior this year! I will be graduating in May with my BA in English and Women’s Studies. I am a townie who loves to read and write and has more brothers and sisters then most people believe. I discovered I had always been a feminist after meeting former blogger Katie O. in Dawn Goode’s Queer Lit course (best.class.ever.) and started blogging and working with Sister Speak in 2010. After taking some time off I am back at school, and excited to explore how feminism can play a part in post-graduation daily life.
Hi readers! I am Kate a Junior Organizational Major and Writing minor at James Madison University. This is my first time writing for the blog. I am excited to get to write about my views on feminism and hopefully learn more from my fellow bloggers and all of you readers.
I’m excited to write for Shoutout! although I have no background in feminism, I hope that my upbringing and experiences will be enough. I’m a Senior studying communications and public relations. I’m passionate about my family, friends, music and now about ShoutOut!
Hello blogging world!! For the sake of keeping my identity private to start off, I’m going by the pseudonym ShamelessFem for lack of better ideas. I’m a senior sociology major and a women and gender studies minor. From the name you can gather that I am a feminist and I have no shame which I think may come from being a 4’9” adult in our ever growing society. By shameless I don’t mean to say that I don’t have my insecurities, place me next to anyone over six feet tall and you’ll see the most insecure person you’ve ever seen. By shameless, I mean that I am proud of my choices including my mistakes,I do not let what other people think dictate how I act and I do not believe in having regrets. As for being a feminist, my first women studies course really opened my eyes, plus being a sociology major makes you see the world in a whole new light. I look forward to posting and allowing you to get to know me a lot better.
Femistorian, Co-Editor Fall 2012
Hey there! My name is femistorian, or Emily, and I’m a History major and Women’s Studies minor. My focus at JMU is American women’s history, especially in the twentieth century. I’ll be writing about women’s history, representations of women in mass media, and how angry anti-feminists make me. I can’t tell you when I became a feminist, because as far as I can remember I’ve always been one (I even dressed as Elizabeth Blackwell for Halloween, much to my parents’ chagrin). I believe feminism is about choice, and that empowerment can only occur when an oppressed group is educated and liberates itself. When I’m not being a rrrriot girl, I enjoy playing with my cat, eating Kit Kat bars by the bag, and corrupting small children (aka babysitting).
eszenyme, Co-Editor Fall 2012
Hello bloggers! My name is Marie Eszenyi and I am a senior. I am studying philosophy and communication with a minor in women and gender studies. I hope this year we can have some great discussions on feminism and pop culture and I look forward to hearing what you have to say!
Hey everybody! My name is Kat, or visionsofourfuture, and I’m a Senior English major and History minor. This is my first year writing for ShoutOut! but I’m looking forward to posting about feminism! When I’m not providing you with feminist discourse, I’m most likely staking out Carrier Starbucks and feeding my coffee addiction.
Word. For the sake of some privacy, I’m not going to use my real name but let’s just say that “sarcastic” and “fiesty” are apt adjectives to describe me so my alias isn’t far off the mark. I’m a Nursing major, minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. I think that starting a conversation and raising awareness is the best way to confront the often unconscious and subversive forms of oppression that we face and that, in addition to not being dead at all, feminism creates an amazing space for a foray into questioning and investigating the status quo. I also think that gummy bears hold the secret to a happier and more fulfilled life. Game on.
Hi, my name is Kayla and I’m a senior English major, Women’s Studies minor at JMU. My interests in the field include women’s history, with particular emphasis on monarchial figures, as well integration of feminism in collegiate coursework. My experience throughout my university career includes work with the Virginia NOW Chapter, membership to Her Two Cents, and now a current blogger for ShoutOut!
Katie O. – Co-Editor Spring 2012
Hey! My name is Katie O, majoring in International Affairs and minoring/passionately in love with Women’s Studies. I am unapologetically pro-choice, and I believe reproductive justice is the cornerstone to full women’s equality. I absolutely believe that an intersectional analysis of oppression is integral to feminist ideology and activism, and I think you cannot fight one oppression without fighting another.
aliasmitch – Co-Editor Spring 2012 -
My name is Mitch, I’m an English major/Women’s Studies minor. I’m very passionate about all things feminist, but in particular I tend to focus on women’s participation and representation in the humanities (especially music and literature), reproductive justice and just general patriarchy blaming.
“[3rd Wave Feminists], Jazz Agers, Flower Children, Beatniks, Rockers, Punks, Nerds, Hackers, Lovers, [Generation y2k]… there have always been outlaws in our society in pursuit of autonomy.” I consider myself one of them.
I’m a 4th year at James Madison University studying what I like and hoping it adds up to some sort of degree. I have a lot of passion for words and ideas, and a lot of dispassion elsewhere. I’m a humanist, a feminist, and generally just an antithesis. I might be too postmodern for bios…
Hi, I’m Lauren G. or “Something Beany”, because I think this blog is good for your heart. I’m a Senior Media Arts and Design major with a Theatre minor. I have a vested interest in the LGBT community and how gender and women’s rights issues affect said community. I’m also interested in gender roles in pop-culture, and the coexistence of feminism and organized religion.
Junior, feminist, liberal, avid reader, traveller, leader, Leo, and lover of sunflowers, looking to show JMU students that feminism is kind of a big deal!
Hey everyone! I’m Kim J, and I’m a senior here at JMU. I’m a double major in Studio Art and Psychology, with a minor in Women’s Studies. I’ve identified as a feminist since high school, and becoming a Women’s Studies minor has given me a platform to educate myself on women’s issues and help me voice my opinions. I follow the third wave feminist mantra, “the personal is political”; therefore, my interests and passions lie in the social and cultural inequalities that affect our lives everyday.
I also believe that the principles of feminism surpass sex and gender: feminism is about equality, not about the domination of one gender over the other. Feminism is for women, men, and anyone in between. Feminism is for everyone!
Hello everyone, I’m Carly Q. and I’m a senior (kind of) Global Justice Studies and Spanish double major. I’m not actually minoring in Women’s Studies but within my Global Justice major I tend to choose classes that relate to gender in justice studies and the roles of gender, race, class and sexuality in developing societies. After getting to college and taking some courses that touched on feminism I realized I had a place and a voice and I haven’t looked back ever since.
Hey everybody, I’m E.C. I’m a senior English major and Women’s Studies minor at James Madison University. When I was younger I played with barbies like any other girl, however, my mom told me that she always knew I was different because instead of going to fun parties my barbies were going to college and becoming lawyers…and they never let Ken drive. I hope to someday follow in my barbies’ foot steps and become a lawyer myself, in hopes of making some strides towards women’s equality under the law. Many of my postings will cover women’s issues in every day life. I am most interested in what messages women are being sent through the media and entertainment industries, as well as daily interactions women have with each other and with men. My hope is that my postings will cause readers to pause for reflection on whatever topic I am covering..and maybe a little controversy. Happy Reading – E.C.
Hi, my name is Lauren U, or “Lauranium” on the blog. I am a senior English major at JMU. I love listening to music, playing guitar, being outdoors, reading, and going on adventures.
My passion for feminism began in high school and stemmed from my love of Riot Grrl bands such as Bikini Kill and Bratmobile, and also from artists like Kim Gordon. These women’s lyrics concerning female empowerment and anti-sexism spoke to me at the time and their relevance in my life continues to this day. I am excited to contribute to this blog because I strongly feel that true awareness of feminism needs to become much more prevalent in our society, and in particular, around the JMU campus. Also, as a future high school teacher, I hope to explore, discover and create new ways to incorporate feminism into my classroom.
Throughout my education at James Madison University, my mind has revolutionized, beyond what I could have imagined- and it is thrilling. Do not be scared of Feminism, do not fear women’s issues; it is much more than the limits placed on it.
Hello! My name is Julie and I’m a junior, social justice major. I’m highly interested in feminism and its relation to social justice. I am also invested in LGBT issues and their role in feminism. Unfortunately, the more I study social justice and feminism, the harder it is for me to happily watch Jersey Shore and GTL. My whole life is a contradiction.
Hola readers and writers! I’m Lei, it’s pronounced like the potato chip. Or perhaps what you try to “get” on Friday and Saturday nights (or every night, depending on how much you enjoy, I suppose).
I’m decidedly devoted to being a feminist both personally and professionally, and have a huge thing for apparent alliterations…? I’m graduating this semester to go out into the “real” world, and feel completely prepared with all the right tools to have a job I love that pays me very little; a conclusion I came to and accepted as soon as I picked up my major in Sociology.
I am so veritably in-like with complicated and educated debates and hope you’ll turn a critical eye to what I’m writing, I have so much left to learn!
Hi there!! My name is Emily, commonly known as emalijah to a select few. I’m a proud 5th year senior at JMU studying Communications and Women and Gender Studies.
I am extremely interested in women’s issues and just about any inequality that I can help to eliminate. I became interested in feminism after signing up for the Intro course to Women’s Studies, thinking it was just a class to get an easy A in. Thank goodness I found that class because I soon found one of my passions and I’m excited to share it with you on this blog.