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
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?
Photo Credit: March for Life (Facebook)
Today marks two months until the 41st annual March for Life in Washington, DC. The march will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014, at the National Mall.
It is the premiere pro-life event in the country. Most recently, the event attracted over 500,000 people from all 50 states.
This January, I was able to attend my first march. It was a beautiful and uplifting event. I highly recommend everybody attend it.
If you plan to come, be sure to RSVP here. Hope to see you there!
On Wednesday, September 25, I joined Women for Ken to rally support for Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli outside the gubernatorial debate in McLean, VA. It was a fairly successful event. A lot of women came out to support Ken. Yes, the McAuliffe supporters showed up too–only to leave shortly afterward.
Of course, no political rally is complete without Planned Parenthood’s abortionistas.
What else could be more awkward than them? A McAuliffe supporter wearing a birth control costume. (Gross.)
Our side had a strong showing against McAuliffe supporters.
Thankfully there were plenty of pro-lifers in attendance, including these bro-lifers.
Despite the weird sightings, my sister Anna Maria and I were proud to attend the Women for Ken Rally.
If you live in Virginia, vote for Ken and the rest of the Republican ticket on November 5th, 2013.
Thank you to Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy for highlighting the rally.
Below is a Facebook rant I went on today concerning my thoughts on Wendy Davis, late-term abortions, and feminism. It’s been receiving a lot of praise for it on my social media accounts, so I feel inclined to post it here on my blog:
As a young woman, I am greatly disappointed in my gender for straying away from femininity. I don’t consider myself a feminist, nor do I want to be labeled as such. Relying on paternalistic, sugar daddy government is antithetical to the principles inset in this great nation. What we see transpiring in Texas with state legislator Wendy Davis should leave every American distraught. Some American women decry they’re oppressed and exploited by men. Some American women scream bloody murder when taxpayers refuse to pay for birth control or abortion. Some American women seek empowerment through victimhood. Some American women bemoan their counterparts for choosing marriage and childbearing. ENOUGH! How selfish people in this country have become. Without a doubt, the mainstream women’s movement is rooted in self-hatred and contempt of womanly virtue. What’s wrong with priding yourself in personal responsibility and individualism? NOTHING. What’s wrong with liking men and babies? NOTHING. What’s wrong with baking and cooking? NOTHING. We on the right don’t believe in “hoes before embryos” or wish our political opponents to be raped for differing viewpoints. Call me self-loathing, call me a slave to patriarchy, call me deranged – whatever – I’m speaking out on this issue because too many people, especially girls my age, complain about the lack of self-respect in society but remain quiet. Abortionistas and their ilk will continue to dominate the narrative if we remain silent. I implore you to find your voice and passionately defend your views. I implore you to confide in the men in your lives and encourage them. I implore you to speak out against big government. I implore you to be silent no more. Ladies, don’t settle for less.
Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts below!
Today, my sister Anna Maria Hoffman (founder/editor of conservative socio-political blog Counter Cultured) and our friend Kira Davis (blogger/actress/commentator) are taping a segment about “slut shaming” on The Dr. Phil Show. The show will air on Friday. I ask that you pray for them and have them in your thoughts. They will be going up against the “YouTube Slut” and a young feminist who uses vulgarity to advance her message. I look forward to Anna Maria and Kira demolishing their arguments.
Here is more about the show as listed on Dr. Phil’s website:
Friday – January 18, 2013
Girls Who Bash Girls Who Dress Sexy
Dr. Phil takes on the hot-button topic of what some are calling “slut-shaming” — when young women are taunted and harassed, often online, for their sexual behavior, such as having casual sex, having more than one sexual partner or dressing provocatively. This form of bullying, like others, can lead to tragic consequences. Fifteen-year-old Felicia Garcia sent her last tweet, “I cant, im done, I give up,” before jumping in front of a train, while many of her classmates looked on. Friends of the freshman say she was tormented by bullies for alleged sexual encounters with football players. Did her classmates go too far? And, what can parents and students do to prevent another senseless act? Grab your teen, sit them down and watch this powerful Dr. Phil together!
Hope you tune in!
East Carolina University junior Zach Campbell, who is unabashedly pro-life, has written a song about why he admires pro-life (and conservative) women.
For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Campbell won 2nd place in Live Action/Students for Life of America’s “Tell Congress” YouTube video contest last year. Here’s more about the contest:
The contest was designed to support the Pence Amendment, which the House of Representatives approved, but which the U.S. Senate defeated — although both chambers of Congress are still debating how to solve the federal budget issue and whether Planned Parenthood will receive federal funds.
After receiving dozens of videos from youth across the country explaining why Congress should de-fund Planned Parenthood, Live Action and Students for Life of America announced today the winners of their “Tell Congress” YouTube Video Contest. The contest was open to all high-school and college-age youth between 14 and 25 and contestants were urged to use creativity in addressing Congress and explaining why they should de-fund Planned Parenthood.
Here is the winning video:
Now, Zach is calling on pro-life females to help him with his latest video project. Here’s more about it:
So I’m making a music video for my new pro-life song, and if you’re pro-life and a girl, I want YOU to be in it! Just send me a 5 sec long clip of you with a pro-life sign, lip-syncing the words, or something else creative, and I’ll put you in it after I’ve received all the videos. Thanks!
To learn how to get involved, watch the video to find out more:
January 22, 2012 marks the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, some of the most controversial and equally anti-life court cases to ever be decided in the Supreme Court.
To counter this, pro-life activists have held a “March for Life” event each year to bring awareness to the importance of safe-guarding life for future generations. Each year, the event draws thousands of people from all across America – especially young people.
In 2011, the pro-life movement made great strides against the abortion industry. TurntheTide2012.com lists the following accomplishments:
- Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider was exposed as not only partners in sex crimes covering up statutory rape but also human trafficking.
- The U.S. House of Representatives, for the first time in its history, voted to federally defund Planned Parenthood and launched a formal investigation of its business practices.
- Nearly 30 abortion facilities shut down adding to the 1513 that have been shut down since 1991.
- Poll after poll revealed that this generation of young people, unlike previous generations of young people, is pro-life.
- The Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s research arm, reported that states enacted a record number of pro-life laws, 92 laws in 24 states, more than triple than the 23 enacted in 2010.
Watch the video below:
Check out TurnTheTide2012.com for more information and get your free download of the correspondent battle plan.