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.
Greetings, friends. I’m Veronica, or ladychaotica21. I’m a Junior Communications Studies major, with a concentration in Advocacy studies. I’m a newcomer to ShoutOut! this semester, though 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!
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, my name is Will and I’ll be writing under the pseudonym El Feministo. Although I’m new to the label of “feminist,” I’ve always believed the core concepts behind the culture. Through my writings I hope to explore more about “the F word,” while making feminism accessible to a male audience.
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.
Hey everyone! I am imagineherstory, this is my first time blogging and I’m so excited to be doing it for something that I’m passionate about! 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!
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.