Counter Cultured: If Your Girl Hates Guns, Find One Who Doesn’t

Below is an excerpt:

Notorious hypersexual fashion magazine Cosmopolitan still thinks it’s a serious political journal–especially on the subject of female views on gun ownership. After painting gun-toting guys as “gunsplainers” last month, a new video showing girlfriends appearing disgusted to learn their boyfriends own guns is dominating the Internet.

Without boring readers about the video’s subject matter, it’s a terribly monolithic portrayal of women, particularly girlfriends. Cosmo believes the majority of women are creeped out by guns. (They ignore the fact that more women are purchasing firearms and participating in shooting sports than ever before.) Even worse than the hysteria displayed by the four girlfriends is the lack of confidence displayed by the “boyfriends” featured in the video, who appear clueless and timid in their defense of owning firearms.

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New Counter Cultured Article: Be an Individual in the Era of Big Government

I’ve penned a new column up at Counter Cultured today titled “Be Classic in the Era of Big Government.”

Here’s an excerpt:

I was recently listening to MKTO’s megahit “Classic” for some inspiration. While this song is centered on love, it can be applied to anything. If you haven’t heard the song, below is a sample of the song’s lyrics:

You’re over my head
I’m out of my mind
Thinking I was born in the wrong time
It’s love on rewind,
Everything is so throwback-ish (I kinda like it, like it)
Out of my league
Old school chic
Like a movie star
From the silver screen
You’re one of a kind living in a world gone plastic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic
Baby you’re so classic

While government may not have direct involvement in every cultural phenomenon, its promotion of paternalism and complacency is greatly seen in pop culture, religion, business, and politics today. It’s better to be classic, or independent-minded, than a conformist in an era marked by invasive big government.

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