Angling Right: Making Fishing Cool for Females and Millennials

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“Everyone should believe in something; I believe I’ll go fishing.” –Henry David  Thoreau

As many of you know, I’m a young conservative activist and blogger. I dedicate my social media platforms to conservative politics on a daily basis. And yes, I’m unabashedly proud of being a young conservative female. (Haters gonna hate, statists gonna state!)

Sometimes politics can be overbearing and contentious. (Ask any politico and they’ll tell you that.) We need breaks to keep our sanity in this blood sport as politics can be vicious. We need to learn to enjoy the finer things in life without losing our soul or feeling stressed all the time. As a result, I’ve decided to expand my writing portfolio to include posts about fishing.

Some of you might be thinking, “What girl wants to spend hours holding a rod waiting for a fish to bite?” Answer: I do! (And so do millions of other women.)

I started actively fishing about 11 years ago when I was 12. My dad is an avid fisherman, so naturally fishing came to me. Admittedly, I used to find fishing boring and confusing. “Ew!” and “gross!” were first thoughts that came to mind when I saw my dad place worms on a hook. Then I saw him catch different types of fish–catfish, bluegill, rainbow trout, seabass, small and largemouth bass–and I became curious. On Memorial Day 2003, I hooked in my largest catch to date–a 8.9lbs, 28-inch long catfish-and been hooked on fishing ever since.

Now as a young adult, I frequent lakes and the high seas whenever afforded the chance. Fishing soothes the soul. It teaches one patience, bolsters one’s gratitude, and teaches one resourceful skills. I hope my posts about fishing encourage more women and Millennials to cast a line and catch some fish.

Stay tuned for my first post on July 13/14!

-Gabriella

 

New Counter Cultured Column: Let Men Pursue You, Ladies

My sister and I have penned a new column at Counter Cultured called, “Love is A Losing Game When She Pursues.”

Here’s an excerpt:

It’s undeniable that today’s dating culture is a mess. In fact, dating norms have been perverted.

What best explains this? Thanks to the rise of third-wave feminism, which advocates the blurring of biological differences of both sexes, our culture has largely influenced young women to take this kind of aggressive lead. Moreover, this confounding trend has been perpetuated by the decline of the natural family unit and the rise of poor parenting habits.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

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 Counter Cultured Article: Proposed Women’s Museum Isn’t Inclusive

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured called “Proposed National Women’s History Museum Fails to Honor All Women.

Here’s an excerpt:

The late fashion icon Coco “Gabrielle” Chanel once said, “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.

The female establishment continues to hold our gender hostage by refusing to acknowledge and accept our differences. Not every woman is a man-hating, “empowered” pro-abort. Not every woman believes in neutralizing gender differences. Not every woman relies on government for empowerment. As a result, I must express my disappointment with the proposed National Women’s History Museum (NWHM).  

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives recently voted 383-33 on H.R. 863 to create a bipartisan commission to review the proposed museum, its placement on or near the National Mall, and potential affiliation with the Smithsonian. 191 Republicans joined all House Democrats to approve the commission. A vote is expected in the Senate soon.

The museum’s goals are outlined on its website:

The National Women’s History Museum’s vision is to build a world-class museum at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The National Women’s History Museum currently raises awareness and honors women’s diverse experiences and achievements through its dynamic online museum, educational programs, scholarship and research. Once housed prominently among the other great museums of Washington, D.C., it will create better understanding and greater partnerships among men and women. The National Women’s History Museum will be the first museum in any nation’s capital to show the full scope of the history of its women and will serve as a guiding light to people everywhere.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

New Counter Cultured Article: 5 Ways to Be Counter Cultural in 2014

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured – the first one of 2014.

Check it out!

2013 was a great year for counter cultural millennials. More young people marched for life and stood for the preborn, while many became disillusioned with “marriage equality.” More women took up firearms ownership and rejected so-called birth control “rights.” Best of all, Pajama Boy—the epitome of male effeminacy—became a nationwide laughingstock.

This year, the Left will be relentless in their push for moral relativism in the public square. We counter cultural millennials must fight back, challenge their arguments, and win people over to our side.

Here are five ways millennials can be more counter cultural in 2014:

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

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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!

Friday Feminism Fail: Moral Outrage Over Self-Defense and Sandwich-Making

As I read some news headlines this morning, two unique stories – both involving whining from feminists- caught my attention.

The first story is from Paris Fashion Week.

British model Hollie-May Saker, 18, fought off several feminist protestors from the Ukrainian group Femen as they interrupted the Nina Ricci show.

Saker said, ‘My Scouseness came out a bit but I wish it had come out a bit more. Thinking about it now I wish I’d pushed them both off the stage because they ruined my favourite show.’

A young woman fending for herself and rejecting victimhood? You go girl!

The second story involves a woman facing criticism over her blog “300Sandwiches.com.” Apparently, making sandwiches for a man is sexist and oppressive? OH MY GOODNESS – ESCAPE THE KITCHEN! CURSE YOU, PATRIARCHY! Or something.

I met a guy. I made a sandwich. I started a blog. And I enraged feminists everywhere.

On Wednesday, I wrote in The Post about how my boyfriend Eric’s joke remark after making him a snack — “Honey, you’re 300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring!” — inspired me to do just that and chronicle the project on a Web site, 300sandwiches.com.

Apparently, in some corners of the Internet, this is an outrage.

I, as a woman, see no ill in making sandwiches for men, myself, or my friends. Smith made her OWN choice to produce 300 unique sandwich creations. (Choice for me, not for thee?) And the snippet about 300 sandwiches until she gets an engagement ring? It’s a joke between Smith and her boyfriend. Get over yourselves.

I will add that patriarchy never tasted so delicious.

Stay classy, feminists. Quit ruining fun for the rest of us.

 

Tired Of #BroChoice? Meet Young Men Who Are Standing For Life

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The socio-political-cultural blog Counter Cultured released a video called “Young Men Speaking Out for Life” today. The blog, which is managed by my sister Anna Maria, aims to merge culture and conservatism.

Here’s more about the video:

Often, abortion advocates silence men from speaking out against abortion, arguing that they cannot have a say in an abortion, because it’s not “their body.” Recently, we have heard much talk about the #BroChoice movement, which sadly consists of men pushing for abortion.

Countering all of that, 28 young men from across America participated in our pro-life young men’s video project, answering two questions: “Why are you pro-life?” and “Why should men be pro-life?” Clearly, these young men have an important message for America: men also matter when it comes to abortion, and that the unborn child in the womb is their child too. We hope this video inspires more young men to proudly speak out for life and tell the mainstream media and abortion advocates that they will be silenced no more.

Watch the video below:

What are your thoughts? Agree? Disagree? Comment below!

UPDATE:

The video has been featured on Townhall.com, LifeNews.com, and The American Spectator.

UPDATE II:

The video was discussed on LifeSiteNews.com.

‘We Are the Storytellers”: Verily Magazine Launch Party in Washington, D.C.

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This past Wednesday, my sister Anna Maria and I had the pleasure of attending Verily Magazine’s D.C. launch party at A Bar Lounge in Foggy Bottom.

Verily is a new magazine catering to strong, virtuous, empowered women. It seeks to set itself apart from mainstream women’s magazines that spout off radical feminist, hypersexualized platitudes. Its tagline reads, “Be less of who you should be, more of who you are.”

(You can read my Townhall.com column about it.)

The theme of the occasion was “We Are the Storytellers.”

Esteemed guests  were Fox News Contributor Kirsten Powers, The Transom’s Ben Domenech, and American Enterprise Institute’s Christina Hoff Sommers. Countless young professionals from conservative organizations and fashion blogs also gathered to hear and learn more about Verily.

Below are some pictures from the event:

Me holding a copy of the June/July issue of Verily Magazine.

Me holding a copy of the June/July issue of Verily Magazine.

Anna Maria (L) and I (R) pictured with AEI scholar Christina Hoff Sommers.

Anna Maria (L) and I (R) pictured with AEI scholar Christina Hoff Sommers.

Verily co-founders Kara (L) and Janet (R) discussing why they started Verily.

Verily co-founders Kara (L) and Janet (R) discussing why they started Verily.

Delicious cocktail at the Verily Magazine launch party in D.C.

Delicious cocktail at the Verily Magazine launch party in D.C.

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Made some new friends at Verily Magazine’s launch party!
From left to right: Amy, me, Tiffany, and Anna Maria.

If you haven’t checked Verily out yet, get on it! I’m happy to lend my support to their efforts. I encourage every woman to subscribe to it and read it.  Visit verilymag.com.

Townhall Column on Verily Magazine

321440_407632856010424_1788867129_nI’ve penned a column at Townhall.com about Verily Magazine.

Below is an excerpt:

The late fashion icon Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel once said, “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

Our culture is hostile to righteous, confident, strong women today. The hypersexualized, dominant female is the archetype found in media and entertainment. Female victimhood is celebrated and independence is shunned. Media outlets — especially women’s magazines — shy away from offering women alternative choices.

Nevertheless, one magazine is trying to fill the void.

Enter Verily Magazine.

Verily Magazine’s tagline reads, “Less of who you should be, more of who you are.” It strives to be a magazine that caters to all women — whether they are single, newly married, or young mothers. Its content encourages women to desire a stable marriage and family if they choose. Its content also offers tips on achieving a healthy balance between work and life while looking and feeling confident. Ideally, it aims to contrast magazines “whose tones can be saccharine sweet, hypersexual, or aggressive.”

Continue reading at Townhall.com.