Ever since I was a little girl, I enjoyed fishing and camping. My dad instilled this appreciation for the outdoors in me. From camping trips in the Wild West to deep-sea fishing excursions in the Pacific Ocean, I learned the importance of self-reliance and appreciating one’s surroundings. Most recently, I took up an interest in shooting and will work towards obtaining my concealed carry permit here in Virginia.

Here’s a picture of me with some El Dorado (Mahi Mahi) fish my dad and I caught during a 2007 family vacation in Mazatlan, Mexico.

One must be thinking, why on Earth would a girl enjoy getting her hands dirty, wait long hours to hook-in a fish, or enjoy building a campfire? Is it rugged individualism, or is it betrayal of the female gender? I’ll argue the former.

Many radical feminists and their leftist compatriots shriek at the sight of women catching fish, shooting at the range, or killing their first hunt. To them, it’s terrifying to feel REAL empowerment – the empowerment you get from self-defense, quality time with dad or your guy friends, and learning how to be an individual. To them, we must carry the torch of victimhood and demand for taxpayer-subsidized birth control. To them, we must rely on the government to elevate ourselves in society. We females have had enough and we’re resisting!

Two weeks ago, I made my first trip to the local Bass Pro Shop in Baltimore, MD. There, I befriended this raccoon and got to marvel in the greatest outdoor/hunting store ever created.

Although I enjoy doing girly things like going to the spa, reading Vogue, looking at Pinterest, baking, and shopping for clothes, I’d much rather explore my surroundings and take it to the high seas. If radical feminists are bothered by this, then that’s unfortunate for them.

Girls should discover fishing, camping, and shooting. Trust me, it’s liberating and empowering!

Marry an outdoors woman. Then if you throw her out into the yard on a cold night, she can still survive.” – W. C. Fields