BY Marissa Dubecky
on Mar 05, 2015
In what we wish was more shocking news, Virginia Senator Steve Martin is under fire for responding to a letter from pro-choicers with disturbing hostility—an attitude we are all too familiar with when it comes to many of our Republican politicians.
In what seems to us like a very reasonable argument for women’s rights, the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition wrote: “All women deserve access to their full range of reproductive health options—including preventing unintentional pregnancies, raising healthy children, and choosing safe, legal abortion. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Jul 09, 2014
There’s really no way to find order in the chaos of noise-punk band Whorecough. The Virginia four-piece had their first show in a storage unit in the town where they met and since then have self-released a demo that combines styles of punk that don’t make sense on paper, but somehow work perfectly together.
Powered by fuzzy, Spaceman 3-inspired guitar riffs and thrashing, hardcore drum parts, the six songs make for a ferocious mix that makes me want to spastically scream singer Natalie Strickland’s strange, poetic lyrics right along with her. Read More
BY Emily Robinson
on Jun 24, 2014
Since April, the White House has focused some much needed attention on the rape and sexual assault epidemics that occur on college campuses all across America. Survivors of sexual assault are often blamed and/or ignored when they a file a case against the perpetrator, and the number of survivors who never speak up or take action after the attack is alarmingly high.
As many as 55 colleges are under investigation for the way they handle its sexual assault cases. James Madison University, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia is one of them. Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Apr 02, 2014
What better way to get stoked on spring than with awesome music, food, and art in the good ol’ South? On April 4th and 5th, the annual music conference, MACROCK, will return in its 17th year to the windy city of Harrisonburg, VA. The festival supports independent artists by featuring about 100 up-and-coming musicians and bands at venues in the downtown area, as well as hosting record labels and local vendors at a label exposition in the basement of extremely delicious Ethiopian restaurant, the Blue Nile. Read More
BY Brittany Allen
on Feb 14, 2014
What a great Valentine's Day surprise! Yesterday evening, a federal court toppled Virginia's lingering ban on gay marriage. According to an NBC report, presiding Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen wrote in her opinion:
"Justice has often been forged from fires of indignities and prejudices suffered. Our triumphs that celebrate the freedom of choice are hallowed. We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect. Read More
“Cute” isn’t a word I’d use to describe most street art. It also isn’t a word I’d usually apply to feminist art. Both types of countercultural expression are about breaking down prejudices and confronting the public in ways that are moving and sometimes unsettling. My favorite work of feminist art that involves menstruation is Judy Chicago’s Red Flag, a photolithograph of a woman pulling out a tampon. The image is meant as an attack against the idea that women’s everyday activities can’t be the stuff of fine art. Read More
BY Intern Kelsie
on Mar 05, 2012
We've been following the growing controversy in Virginia regarding HB1, the so-called "personhood" bill, and SB 484, which requires women to undergo an invasive ultrasound if they are seeking an abortion. These pieces of legislation are drawing national attention, even in the current pervasive climate of assault on women's rights, and on Saturday, March 3 in Richmond, Virginia, citizens took to the capitol steps to protest. Read More
BY Intern Caroline
on Feb 29, 2012
Recently Virginia lawmakers threw their hat in the race for Worst State to be a Woman In when they introduced anti-choice legislation. People across the state responded on Monday, February 20th, when over 1,200 people gathered on the Capitol grounds in silent protest. Despite that message, this week the House of Delegates passed SB 484, legislation which will force women seeking an abortion to undergo an expensive and medically unnecessary (not to mention invasive) ultrasound. Read More
BY Ivanna Avalos
on Feb 23, 2012
Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell has changed his stance on the recent controversial bill that would have required women getting abortions to first have a transvaginal ultrasound.
McDonnell must have felt the heat from opponents after he was sent a petition containing over 33,000 signatures urging him to veto the bill.
“Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state,” said McDonnell according to Reuters. Read More
BY Sophie Johnson
on May 12, 2010
In spite of losing two of their band mates in the past year, John Ptacek and Andy Cobb of The Itchy Hearts have managed to put out an impressive second album titled 'Do Ya Best'. The tracks combine Dylan-esque folk with elements of bluegrass, zydeco, and even a little punk. Even those who normally steer clear of this type of music can find themselves swept up in the ruckus.
The Itchy Hearts will be on a tour of the US this Summer. Check the schedule and listen here. Read More