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?
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Get Ready for the March for Life

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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!

#VAGovDebate: Women for Ken Rally – September 25, 2013

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.

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What else could be more awkward than them? A McAuliffe supporter wearing a birth control costume. (Gross.)

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Our side had a strong showing against McAuliffe supporters.

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Thankfully there were plenty of pro-lifers in attendance, including these bro-lifers.

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Despite the weird sightings, my sister Anna Maria and I were proud to attend the Women for Ken Rally.Anna Maria and I at the Women for Ken Rally, September 25, 2013 - McLean, VA

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.

Dear Women: Don’t Settle For Less

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!

Media Alert: Counter Cultured’s Anna Maria Hoffman and Blogger/Actress Kira Davis To Appear on Dr. Phil Show

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!

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Hope you tune in!

 

Female? Young? Pro-Life? Young Life Activist/Musician Needs You for His New Video!

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:

 

Students for Life of America Unveils Powerful New Video: “Turn the Tide 2012″

Via TurntheTide2012.com

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.

A New Year’s Resolution for conservatives: Make 2012 the year of the unborn

My latest from Washington Times Communities

SAN DIEGO, December 31, 2011 — New Year’s is a time of renewal and reflection. As Americans say goodbye to 2011—the good, the wonderful, the bad, and the ugly—they must go into 2012 with optimism.

Why not make 2012 a great year?

Whether it is losing weight, rekindling friendships, finding a job, or being a better individual, New Year’s resolutions can go a long way if people fully commit to them.

Those of us who are politically conservative have a few resolutions of our own.

Conservatives are wholly committed to replacing President Obama with a new president in 2012, along with winning more Senate seats and maintaining a majority in the House of Representatives. Furthermore, conservatives want to create a business-friendly climate and promote American exceptionalism in the upcoming year. More importantly, conservatives also desire to stand up for life, tradition, and personal responsibility.

Come 2012, conservatives must stand for the rights of the unborn.

This past year, the pro-life movement successfully challenged the abortion industry and won. Most pointedly, pro-life activists exposed corruption, misuse of taxpayer dollars, and other instances of abuse at Planned Parenthood offices across the nation.

2011 will be regarded as the year Planned Parenthood flinched at the sight of a growing pro-life American populace. A Gallup poll released in May showed that more Americans find abortion morally wrong, although 49 percent identify as “pro-choice” and 45 percent identify as “pro-life” when asked about their stance on the issue. Moreover, young Americans have flocked to the pro-life movement.

Gallup’s Lydia Saad wrote, “Americans are rather conservative in their stance on abortion, with 61% now preferring that abortion be legal in only a few circumstances or no circumstances. By contrast, 37% want abortion legal in all or most circumstances.”

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a comprehensive measure to defund Planned Parenthood. The Pence Amendment—which was heralded by Republican lawmakers—successfully passed in the House but failed to muster enough votes in the Senate.

Although this bold effort failed to pass in the Senate, pro-lifers were able to usher in other victories on the legislative front.

Notable successes included the following:

Approximately nine states successfully defunded Planned Parenthood of over 61.2 million taxpayer dollars, according to Susan B. Anthony List.

States passed 83 laws restricting the practice of abortion.

15 state governments now support pro-life legislation.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius denied over-the-counter sales of emergency contraceptive Plan B.

LiveAction president and pro-life advocate Lila Rose reflected on the past year’s accomplishments in the rapidly growing movement to protect life.

In 2012, conservatives and other pro-life advocates must deter their pro-abortion cohorts from misusing tax payer dollars.

From 2009-2010, Planned Parenthood received over 487 million dollars (46 percent of its budget)  from American taxpayers to fund abortions, which comprise 91 percent of total services performed by the “family-planning” organization.

Washington Times’ Kerry Pickett wrote, “SBA List goes further saying that in the PPFA report, ’46% of PPFA’s annual revenue ($487,400,000) comes from U.S. taxpayers in the form of government grants, contracts & Medicaid reimbursements.’”

“In 2010, abortion procedures made up 91% (329,445) of Planned Parenthood’s services for pregnant women, while prenatal services and adoption referrals account for only 8.6% (31,098) and 0.2% (841), respectively,” she added.

Those who support abortion, namely Planned Parenthood and similar activists, condone a cause with deadly undertones.

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was a staunch advocate of eugenics.

She once wrote, “In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation…”

Sanger also advocated population control and wrote, “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

Similarly, Planned Parenthood claims to be a resource for family planning and women’s health. In actuality, it is only interested in profiting from abortion services.

Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee, elaborated on this: “Planned Parenthood’s bottom line is numbers. And, with abortion as its primary money-maker, that means implementing a quota. I know this is true because I worked at one of their Texas clinics for 8 years, two as the clinic director.”

Johnson also wrote, “Planned Parenthood is also spending a lot of money convincing its primary income providers – taxpayers – that its highest priority is women’s health and safety.  Live Action and the Expose Planned Parenthood coalition released numerous undercover videos showing clinic staff aiding and abetting alleged sex traffickers in exploiting underage girls – some as young as 14.”

Life is a sacred right afforded to all Americans, as enumerated in the Declaration of Independence. Why not allow more babies to live in 2012?

As conservatives—as pro-lifers—we must ensure that 2012 is met with more successes to protect the rights of the unborn.

“Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.” – Ronald Reagan

Allen West: Liberal Women Neuter American Men

Congressman Allen West hits the nail on this! Liberal women want to neuter and feminize men.

To my conservative guy friends, I suggest you choose your women carefully. (Remember, birds of a feather flock together!)

Nevertheless, enjoy this awesome video from this great American.

[Please run for POTUS in 2012 or 2016! America needs you. ]

James O’Keefe Takes Down the MSM in New Music Video

My friend and fellow activist Christian Hartsock just released a video called the “Landrieu Dance”  today, which stars ACORN nutcracker James O’Keefe (who also is another friend of mine).

After watching the video and seeing the final product, I can personally say it turned out great! Little do people know that I was a Production Assistant for the video, alongside my friend Kelly Steele. My other activist friend, Ryan Sorba, was an actor in the music video, as  well.

Interestingly enough, production for the video lasted nearly 22 hours! Despite how grueling and demanding it was (I mean this in a good sense, as making a good-quality video beckons patience, editing, re-shooting, frustration, and the like), it was worth every breath and minute of my time this past August.

Viewers will see that the video is fun, hip, and innovative. It’s a mash-up of O’Keefe stings, undercover videos, media response, and lighthearted clips. O’Keefe shows off his moon-walking skills, singing capability, and truthfulness that many fail to account for when he comes to mind.

Let me assure you that the music video, nor the clips featured, were heavily edited. Haters can hate, but you’ll only realize the truth  after the fact.

Enjoy!