New Counter Cultured Article: Big Gov’t Has No Right to Measure Female Worth Via Birth Control

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured titled, “Dear Big Government: Birth Control Doesn’t Measure Our Worth.”

Here’s an excerpt:

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a landmark ruling that put a muzzle on the contraception mandate contained in Obamacare. This is a small but important victory for religious liberty and limited government.

Per usual, abortionistas decried this ruling as the end of women’s rights. (Cue the melodrama! The death of womankind is upon us!) They decried, “Get my employer out of my bedroom!” while simultaneously begging our government to fund their sexual escapades. One gal–Guardian U.S.’s Jessica Valenti—even suggested that women “should organize a safe-sex f***-in at every Hobby Lobby across the country.” (Gross.)

If this is what passes for female empowerment today, our gender has truly been set back.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Freedom Today

Two landmark Supreme Court decisions were decided on today. Here’s how I responded on Twitter:

Here’s the gist of these two cases:

  1. 1) Union case: In Harris v. Quinn, SCOTUS limits power to compel contributions to public employee unions but does not forbid it. Says collective bargaining can’t be imposed on employees that aren’t full public-sector union employees. Essentially, this stifles public sector union control to some extent. (Collective bargaining is bad policy.)
  1. 2) Hobby Lobby: From SCOTUS blog: “SCOTUS holds govt can’t require closely held corps w/ religious owners to provide contraception coverage.” HUGE win for religious liberty.

Freedom of association is an inalienable right enumerated in the First Amendment of our Constitution. It allows us the right to subscribe to a belief system without having to compromise or go against our conscience. It allows for dissent/debate in the public square. SCOTUS basically affirmed that government can’t coerce people into paying dues or paying for contraception.

This is a good day for freedom.

#winning

New Counter Cultured Article: Self-Defense Doesn’t Perpetuate ‘Rape Culture’

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured called, “Self-Defense Doesn’t Perpetuate ‘Rape Culture‘” today.

Here’s an excerpt:

Last week at the Miss USA pageant, newly-crowned winner Nia Sanchez was accused of promoting “rape culture” after answering a question about sexual assault on college campuses.

Sanchez responded with the following:

I believe that some colleges may potentially be afraid of having a bad reputation and that would be a reason it could be swept under the rug, because they don’t want that to come out into the public,” Nia Sanchez said. “But I think more awareness is very important so women can learn how to protect themselves. Myself, as a fourth-degree black belt, I learned from a young age that you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself. And I think that’s something that we should start to really implement for a lot of women.

Her response angered radical feminists.

Twitter user @hayleethikeo tweeted, “sorry miss Nevada. we do not need to teach women how to better defend ourselves. We need to teach men not to feel entitled to rape #missusa.”

Elissa Benson of Cosmopolitan tweeted, “I get that the college sexual assault problem can’t be solved in 30 secs but still icky to pretend like self defense is the answer. #MissUSA

Despite negative backlash, Nia Sanchez stood by her response. She went on HuffPoLive to reaffirm her answer about women taking up self-defense:

We have 30 seconds to answer a question. I feel like all you can do up on that stage on national television is answer the best you personally know how, so I answered with something that I know. I always believe in women empowerment and women’s encouragement and for me, in my life, that’s self-defense,” she explained. “Maybe for somebody else it’s a Taser or something else, but that’s the way I could relate to it personally.

The question beckons: What is “rape culture” and what does it consist of?

New Townhall Column: Privatize Abortion

I’ve penned a new column at Townhall.com called “Want to Privatize Abortion? Privatize It.”

Here’s an excerpt:

The Left’s favorite holiday has thankfully come and gone.

As Americans filed their taxes this year, many were astonished to discover certain medical expenses now qualify for tax deductions. When going through the list, one can find birth control pills and abortion listed. The IRS form reads, “You can include in medical expenses the amount you pay for a legal abortion.” Is human life so expendable it can be written off? For a movement that begrudges tax deductions, this is ironic and equally alarming.

Undoubtedly, the Obama administration is favorable to the abortion lobby and eager to fund them through our taxpayer dollars—even though most Americans oppose it. For example, new healthcare plans under Obamacare contain an “affordability tax credit” that covers elective abortions. Heritage Foundation notes:

“For the first time, the federal government will provide an ‘affordability tax credit’ to millions of low-income and middle-income individuals and families to help subsidize the purchase of health plans on the exchanges.[2] By allowing health insurers that sell plans on many state exchanges to cover abortion while remaining eligible for federal subsidies, Obamacare opens new avenues for federal funding of abortion coverage. These federal tax credits could facilitate the purchase of health plans that cover elective abortion for millions of Americans who did not have such coverage previously.”

Due to the gruesome nature of abortions and our skyrocketing national debt, our country can afford to save more lives and save more money, respectively, by privatizing Planned Parenthood and similar entities.

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

UPDATE:

Mentioned in RedState’s The Vine: “Sadly, while films in support of life are in financial need, those who have chosen death received a tax break when they filed taxes earlier this month. The news by Gabriella Hoffman at TownHall that the government offers a tax deduction for abortion explains why abortion providers don’t need to offer coupons anymore. As Hoffman explains, despite the fact that most Americans do not support government-funded abortion, the abortion industry would never survive without government handouts.”

Notable and Quotable: Clinton Baby Edition

I was quoted in Daily Caller‘s “The Mirror” about Chelsea Clinton’s baby:

“What if Chelsea Clinton’s child becomes a Tea Party conservative????? Political socialization can sometimes backfire.” — Gabriella Hoffman, northeast regional field director, Leadership Institute. (Slightly premature and over the baby’s parents’ and grandparents’ dead bodies)

New Townhall Column: Female Establishment Bosses Women Who Reject Radical Feminism

I’ve penned a new column at Townhall.com called “”All-Inclusive” Female Establishment Bosses Women Who Reject Radical Feminism.”

Here’s an excerpt:

Radical feminism is passé and in disarray. From pushing the wage gap myth to dismissing personal responsibility, our leftist sistas are clueless about true women’s rights.

How did birth control access become the only issue women care about? Who decided it was acceptable to destroy human life? More importantly, why should we look to big government policies to advance our gender?

Now, the feministas are going after Hollywood actresses.

In an interview for the May 2014 U.K. issue of Harper’s Bazaar, actress Kirsten Dunst defied the status quo and did the unthinkable: she came out against blurring gender differences!

“I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued,” she says. “We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking – it’s a valuable thing my mum created. And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armour. I’m sorry. You need a manto be a man and a womanto be a woman. That’s why relationships work…”Unsurprisingly, these words weren’t well-received by radical feminists.

Jezebel writer Erin Gloria Ryan penned a blog post titled “Kirsten Dunst Thinks Ladies In Relationships Should Wife the F*** Out” calling Dunst “dumb” for not subscribing to feminist group think:

“I’m not going to couch this much because Kirsten Dunst is not paid to write gender theory so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that she’s kind of dumb about it, just as I wouldn’t be surprised if Gloria Steinem sucked at convincingly andheartbreakingly playing a mysteriousoversexed teen who kills herself in a Sofia Coppola movie. So, you know.”Uproxx’s Stacey Ritzen called Dunst an “insufferable person” for her refreshing comments on femininity.

Classy.

This behavior isn’t new. The female establishment has great disdain for dissent and independent views, specifically conservative and libertarian views.

 

Continue reading at Townhall.com.

UPDATE: Thanks to FreeRepublic and Heritage Foundation for the mentions!

Join the #LadyGang: Pictures and Video from The Dana Show

Last week, I had the great pleasure of appearing on The Dana Show on The Blaze alongside my sister Anna Maria and gal pals Ashe Schow, Ashley Sewell, Bethany Bowra, and Lauren Luxenburg. This was my first time on TV–an experience I will forever cherish.

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Dana Loesch speaks on ‘Dana’ April 4, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

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We went on Dana Loesch’s show to discuss REAL women’s issues beyond birth control and abortion. I was one of six panelists on the program. We were also joined by an all-female studio audience. (Conservatives hate women? WRONG.)

Here’s more about the program from The Blaze:

Dana Loesch has been an outspoken critic of the so-called “war on women” since its inception, saying Democrats are conflating actual rights with the non-existent right to have other people pay for your birth control.

On her Blaze TV show Friday, Loesch brought in an audience full of women to weigh in on the controversy, finishing the show with a mock “pajama party” where she read some of the hate mail she received this week.

“The female resistance marches on,” she said. “We’re bringing the war on women to them.”

One of Loesch’s main issues with the “war on women” was that it relied on women to “accept premises at face value.”

Women were essentially told, she said: “If we don’t pass healthcare we’re going to starve because we don’t have birth control for sexual recreation purposes! Old, white, Republican men [will] physically block our access to contraceptives by refusing to pay for them! And women, we have to vote for Barack Obama if we want the right to vote! Forget that we already have it. We need it again!”

Here are some more pictures from the show:

Credit: Dana Loesch (@dloesch)

Credit: Dana Loesch (@dloesch)

Glenn Beck had a cameo during this Slumber Party 'Hate Mail' scene.  Credit: TheBlaze TV

Glenn Beck had a cameo during this Slumber Party ‘Hate Mail’ scene.
Credit: TheBlaze TV

Pulling off our own Oscar selfie.  Credit: Bethany Bowra (@bethanybowra)

Pulling off our own Oscar selfie.
Credit: Bethany Bowra (@bethanybowra)

We conservative women are hear to stay. Deal with it.

We conservative women are here to stay. Deal with it.

For those of us who don’t subscribe to The Blaze, we don’t have access to the full show just yet. HOWEVER, for the time being, enjoy this clip from the Slumber Party-edition of  The Dana Show’s ‘You Asked for It’ hate mail segment:

Full ‘Hate Mail’ segment can be found here.

Thanks to Twitchy and The Blaze for covering our #WarbyWomen segment!

Make sure to follow us on Twitter: Yours truly (@Gabby_Hoffman), Anna Maria (@am_hoffman), Ashley Sewell (@TxTrendyChick), Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow), Bethany Bowra (@BethanyBowra), and Lauren Luxenburg @LaurenC_Lux).

Media Alert: Hoffman Sisters to Appear on The Dana Show April 4th at 5pm ET

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Catch my sister Anna Maria and I in our first-ever TV appearance this Friday, April 4th, at 5pm ET. We’ll be appearing on The Dana Show on behalf of Counter Cultured alongside several other fearless young conservative chicks. Topics to be discussed are women’s rights, abortion, Obamacare, gun rights, and feminism, among many things.

Tune to the the Blaze.com/TV and DirectTV Channel 212 on Friday at 5pm ET!

 

Dear #BanBossy Girls: Quit Bossing Us Around With Big Government Policies

Any time radical feminists get angry, they want to ban stuff.

Famous female figures like Beyonce, Jennifer Garner Affleck, Jane Lynch, and Condi Rice are offended by the term “bossy” supposedly being used to describe female leaders. Why?

Here’s the #BanBossy video:

A message to the #BanBossy gals:

Did it ever occur to radical feminists that they boss everyone around them? Whether it’s government coercion or Hollywood, they demand attention and scoff at dissent. If you’re a woman who dismisses government-enabled “empowerment,” they skewer you, call you awful names, and question your femininity. If you’re pro-life, pro-gun, and don’t think all men are pigs, you’re the anti-Christ. Frankly, I’m tired of being bossed around by primadonnas who coax women using the so-called allure of paternalistic government.

Newsflash: Whenever women behave like victims, they won’t and shouldn’t be taken seriously in the public square. Want to be a leader? Act like one. Quit complaining and scapegoating society because you’re insecure with yourselves.

Sincerely,

A 22-year-old female who proudly rejects big government policies

-Gabriella

New Townhall Column: ‘Of Tolerance and Tyranny’

I’ve penned a new column at Townhall.com today on tolerance and religious liberty. Check it out!

Support traditional marriage? Believe in the First Amendment and religious liberty? Congrats, you’re a bigoted “fascist” and “homophobe”!

Brouhaha recently erupted over Arizona Senate Bill 1062—the bill that garnered national attention after being falsely maligned and derided as “anti-gay.” The two-page bill defined free exercise of religion as “practice or observance of religion, including the ability to act or refusal to act in a manner substantially motivated by a religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.” Simply put, the bill would have reaffirmed the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law by former President Bill Clinton.

Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro detailed how SB 1062 would have protected business owners from government coercion:

This doesn’t mean that people can “do whatever they want” – laws against murder would still trump religious human sacrifice – but it would prevent the government from forcing people to violate their religion if that can at all be avoided. Moreover, there’s no mention of sexual orientation (or any other class or category).

Governor Jan Brewer (R-AZ) ultimately vetoed the bill after caving to pressure from opponents.

Conservative talk show host Tammy Bruce—who is a lesbian—criticized Brewer in a column for submitting to the radical gay Left’s bullying tactics:

It has been disgusting to watch supposed gay “leadership” drag young gays and lesbians through an indoctrination that insists that in order to have equality, you must force other people to do your will, make them betray who they are, and punish them if they offend you.

Attacks on religious liberty are real and shouldn’t go unnoticed.

Continue reading at Townhall.com.