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Feminist’s Sneering Disapproval: Oh Sure, It’s Nice You Were Awarded A Gold Medal And All, But Too Bad About That Gun You Had To Use To Win It

Filed under: General — Dana @ 4:10 pm

[guest post by Dana]

While I get that most everyone else wants to keep talking about Trump, I’m burnt out on his lies and antics. And I’m sick and tired of Hillary Clinton’s constant “short-circuiting”. So how about something else guaranteed to make you guffaw and roll your eyes with equal enthusiasm?

As you may or may not be aware, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad have begun in Brazil. Yes, bring on the Zika, the poop, the favelas, the dishonest and chaotic government, and an opening ceremony where a portion of the event focused on global warming. Yes, this from a country where athletes have been warned to keep their mouths closed when swimming in poop infested waters. But hey, Earth! And this morning, the first gold medal of the games was awarded:

American shooter Ginny Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, pulling off an upset in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning.

Thrasher wasn’t one of the favorites to win a medal coming into the Olympics.

“I think I knew it was realistic for me to make finals, but I was not focused on that,” she said. “I was focusing on just shooting the best that I could, and that got me there.”

She is an NCAA champion at West Virginia competing in her first Olympics.

So good on Ginny Thrasher. Congratulations!

Except not everyone could allow themselves to be happy for a young woman whose hard work, determination and discipline paid off. Not when there was a political narrative to push. Enter a stupid feminist, communications strategist and political commentator:


You know that whole “women empowerment” line? It’s a load of crap. Feminists are not about empowering women. Like any other identity group, they’re about controlling the other members of the group. And by default, they assume all women are a part of that group. Mostly what they’re about, is pushing the left’s agenda. And these self-assigned arbiters of acceptable empowerment believe that even though a woman may be awarded a gold medal in the Olympic games, if that win involved a gun – even an Air Rifle that shoots pellets – it’s not empowerment. Nope. Because gun violence.

So, Ginny Thrasher, let’s have no more of this Empowered-Woman-With-A-Gold-Medal-To-Prove-It crap. It’s not about you and your accomplishments, your grit, your tenacity, your dreams, or your remarkable self-discipline and skill. No, it’s none of the above. It’s about guns and the insidious evil of them.

But here’s the problem: Ginny Thrasher is a remarkable young woman who knew what she wanted at a young age, and even worse, came to her views about guns without taking any advice from the Vagina Brigade:

A little more than five years ago, Thrasher and her family were headed home to Springfield after visiting her grandparents in Pennsylvania when she asked her father, “Hey, how come I can’t go hunting with Grandpa?”

After her parents agreed, Thrasher enrolled in a hunting safety course with “a whole bunch of Amish boys,” and a few months later, she was out at 4 a.m. with father, Roger, and grandfather, Bob Weygandt. And then the wait for a deer started.

“I don’t think she was expecting to be standing out in the woods as long as she was,” Roger said. “It was, at some point, for her ninth-grade self, a little bit boring.”

But when a deer finally showed up, Thrasher’s father and grandfather were not expecting what they saw next.

“They didn’t think I was going to pull the trigger,” Thrasher said. “They didn’t think I could kill a deer.

It’s pretty funny that McElrath cannot fully celebrate the accomplishments of an independent, sound-minded and self-determined young woman. I mean isn’t that the very definition of an empowered woman, and dare I say, feminist?

Ultimately, I think it’s fitting that McElrath has now protected her Twitter feed , likely because of the Thrashing she received after tweeting such nonsense.

I’ll leave you with this empowered woman who righteously begs to differ with the McElraths of the world:

“To all those who have called me a sellout, an Uncle Tom or a pawn for someone else, here’s what should scare you: I never changed my beliefs,” Antonia Okafor says in the ad. “You don’t speak for me and you don’t think for me. I am not the victim you need me to be. And I’m talking to more women like me every single day.”



54 Responses to “Feminist’s Sneering Disapproval: Oh Sure, It’s Nice You Were Awarded A Gold Medal And All, But Too Bad About That Gun You Had To Use To Win It”

  1. Good grief.

    Dana (995455)

  2. If only these left wing feminists were as opposed to Iran’s Mullahs having nukes, Palestinians launching rockets, and Chicago thugs shooting a bunch of people on a typical weekend.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  3. That’s just crazy talk, Cruz Supporter.

    Dana (995455)

  4. you look at her cv, and you can tell she’s deep in the hive mind,

    Following includes many prominent journalists, media outlets, and human rights organizations and activists around the globe, including: NY Times columnist Nick Kristof @nickkristof, NY Times Senior Producer Malachy Brown @malachybrown, journalist Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald, CNN Executive Editor Ram Ramgopal @RamCNN, Managing Editor of Crooks and Liars, Karoli Kuns @karoli, Fusion Senior Editor Adam Weinstein @AdamWeinstein, Rachel Maddow’s blog @MaddowBlog, the Associated Press @AP, Tunisian Nobel Laureate Tawakkol Karman @TawakkolKarman, and Chinese dissident and artist Ai Wei Wei @aiww.

    except for perhaps the last two, rather worthless,

    narciso (732bc0)

  5. Dana, what a strong post, and what an inspiring video.

    This business of putting everyone into a box, all the same in each box, is the source of most of our bizarre societal problems today.

    Think about what our culture is pushing on young people today—through the media, comedy shows, and so forth.

    The young woman in the video is very brave and I am proud of her.

    It reminds me a little of this, which I make each of my freshmen advisees watch during our first campus meeting.

    I tell them that they get to write their own script, and not to live the scripts that other people write for them. Even me. Especially me.

    Thanks again, Dana.

    Simon Jester (cff76b)

  6. At least we can concede that the Founding Fathers knew about air rifles.

    See Lewis and Clark.

    Pinandpuller (0845e7)

  7. they do have a two minute hate, when it comes to capable women with fire arms don’t they,

    if you peruse her cv further, you she has been a vector for mind arson, of various types, the obligatory rant, but her purpose is even more so,

    narciso (732bc0)

  8. “Hey Audie Murphy, all those medals and ribbons and junk is nice, but instead of pointing your gun at people in foreign lands, couldn’t you have proven your meddle by facilitating conflict resolution among youths in the inner city?”

    “Hey Leah McElrath, we did facilitate conflict resolution — we beat Hitler, and doing so resolved the conflict.”

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  9. How did the feminist left come up with the idea that criticism is censorship? If the feminist has a constitutional right to speak her mind, other people equally have a constitutional right to disagree with her, or to call her a jackass if they are so inclined.

    Honey, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

    Steven Den Beste (99cfa1)

  10. crimethink it’s all three meals of the day,

    your trenchant analysis is much missed steven,

    narciso (732bc0)

  11. Well, the gold medal Leah won was much more cool.

    Oh wait…

    Patricia (5fc097)

  12. She is really going to freak out when she finds out that some of the sports use balls.

    kaf (ba6093)

  13. Greetings:

    Am I missing something ??? The Feminist seems to be validating sex-segregated sports, no ???

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  14. That NRA ad: WOW!

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  15. a vector for mind arson

    I am so stealing that.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  16. I think it’s fitting that McElrath has now protected her Twitter feed , likely because of the Thrashing she received after tweeting such nonsense.

    She would be well advised to wipe that smirk off her face before re-enabling things.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  17. Greetings:

    Too much rath, not enough mcel.

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  18. Leah’s instagram account identifies herself as the following;

    Maven of much. Connector of many. Encourager. Truth teller. Change creator.

    How predictably NPR commentator sounding!

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  19. They’re not feminists, they’re just commies with vaginas.

    Otto Maddox (e44ab9)

  20. Wait until our heroine learns about the fencing competition. Was there ever a more phallic instrument than a fencing foil?

    Steven Den Beste (99cfa1)

  21. Just further proof that the 19th Amendment needs to be reconsidered.

    The Gentle Grizzly (11fea2)

  22. Wait until our heroine learns about the fencing competition. Was there ever a more phallic instrument than a fencing foil?
    Steven Den Beste (99cfa1) — 8/6/2016 @ 9:59 pm

    Pole vault.

    John Hitchcock (81f206)

  23. Great shooting, congrats on being no. !. And the middle finger to her critics.

    mg (31009b)

  24. Ottawa restaurants are trying to figure out the ramifications for their industry after a Quebec waiter was arrested for serving salmon tartare to a man with a severe seafood allergy.

    ugh what a dreary little country

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  25. ohnoes Natianal Soros Radio has a sad

    Questioning If An Election Will Be ‘Rigged’ Strikes At The Heart Of Democracy

    The stage appears to be set for many Americans to question the legitimacy of this year’s election results. The consequences of that are unknowable and potentially dangerous.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  26. On this day in ’12 Obama was at 47.6, Clinton is at 47.5 today. Romney was at 44.1, Bonzo is at 40.5.

    Why would anyone steal what Bonzo is giving away?

    Rick Ballard (08a530)

  27. maybe cause that’s all the pig knows

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  28. But he ordered the fish (airplane reference) ah Rick toting up the minitrue chocolate ration are we.

    My friend in the beltway explains.

    narciso (732bc0)

  29. Thanks traitor Patterico for posting something besides “I hate Trump and will let Hillary win BS”

    PTS (ce7fc3)

  30. Can Trump honestly be said to have Narcissistic Personality Disorder when he has such worshipers as Prefers Trump’s S**t?

    nk (dbc370)

  31. Mr. Trump has make america great again disorder to where that’s all he wanna do

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  32. My fourteen-year old gets it. When talking about our choices being Hillary or Trump, she said “America is fucked”. I told her that we qualified for residency in 27 EU countries (it used to be 27). I don’t know if it made her feel better.

    nk (dbc370)

  33. Hillary or Trump. America is f***ed either way, so let’s punish the assholes who put us in that situation — Trump and his Trumpkins — is my feeling this morning.

    nk (dbc370)

  34. Replace the gun with a scalpel, scissors, or even a vacuum. Feminist approved.

    I wonder if scalpels can be used in recreational, non-lethal activities. Perhaps a hatchet.

    That said, congratulations. It’s true that men and women are equal and complementary.

    n.n (387e45)

  35. yes yes let’s punish the Trumpkins with economic growth and conservative judges on the supreme court (not partial birth stinkypig ones)

    take that you silly Trumpkins

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  36. There will be no time for either, before 8,000 Russian nuclear warheads drop down on us, while Trump is still asking “The nuclear triad, what’s that”.

    nk (dbc370)

  37. warheads are the least of our worries

    we gotta beat that stinkypig or she’ll get her pig diseases all up into EVERYTHING (to where it’s detrimental)

    way I see it, that means we gotta get Mr. Trump in that white house

    yes yes

    our objective is clear

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  38. How about making silence a sport and suggesting that McElrath compete.

    LTMG (79ae2e)

  39. Feminists, or rather female chauvinists, are encouraging women to serve on the front line as combat soldiers. Are they withholding arms?

    The ROE and DOA must be brutal.

    n.n (387e45)

  40. There’s all sorts of folks running around the world murdering people with a gun, but this b*tch McElrath seems to only be angry at the conservative patriotic white girl from West Virginia who was essentially doing target practice.

    If you look at her Twitter feed, you’ll see she doesn’t really get angry about actual murders.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  41. Revenue stream becomes river of gold for Olympians and NBC Sports.

    The IOC will soon announce that miniature golf, strip poker and Pokémon Go will be added as new events for the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Corporate sponsors are lining up and the network ad sales group couldn’t be happier.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  42. In the course of one week, I saw my daughter out shoot a whole pack of young boys her age with BB guns, beat the throw to first on a perfect bunt down the first base line, and walk in a parade in her cheerleader uniform.

    I don’t think there’s a damn thing that girl can’t do if she sets her mind to it, and she doesn’t need a coven of mewling, whining feminist witches to show her how.

    She sets realistic goals and then works her butt off to achieve them.

    Next up is training with the .22 rifle, and maybe the 9mm pistol. While these “feminists” are weeping about their victimhood, she will be out there achieving and becoming a strong, capable woman without the need for histrionics and hysteria.

    Unless her brother looks at her funny. Then there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth.

    arik (02de93)

  43. Ottawa restaurants are trying to figure out the ramifications for their industry after a Quebec waiter was arrested for serving salmon tartare to a man with a severe seafood allergy.

    Um, did he order it? Where’s that from anyway?

    Milhouse (5a188d)

  44. Sherbrooke police say a man ordered beef tartare at a local restaurant last May and specified numerous times to a waiter he was allergic to both seafood and salmon.

    A short time later, police say a plate of salmon tartare was brought to the table and the patron took a bite, unaware of what he’d been served because the lighting had been dimmed.

    Sorry, feets, sounds exactly like criminal negligence to me. I don’t understand what your problem is with the waiter being charged, or why so many restaurants seem to be afraid of this happening to them. Just serve people what they damn well ordered, and when they go out of their way to tell you about their allergies make sure what you serve them isn’t going to kill them.

    That includes, of course, inquiring of the chefs about hidden ingredients, but in this case the ingredient wasn’t even hidden. It was the first word of the dish’s name. How more obvious could it be? The waiter didn’t need to be briefed on anything, just to do his damned job.

    Milhouse (5a188d)

  45. steak tartare looks way more like Ahi than it does salmon, so something about this doesn’t seem right.

    steveg (fed1c9)

  46. fencing

    Pole vault


    Kevin M (25bbee)

  47. steveg, the lighting in the restaurant was dim, so the guest would not have been able to see the dish clearly. But he ordered beef, and made it clear that he could not eat fish, and yet this criminally negligent waiter served him salmon.

    Milhouse (5a188d)

  48. I’m amused by leah mcelrath’s tweet.

    Idea: next games, make de-escalation techniques a sport.

    And what would those “techniques” be, Hon? Peeing and/or puking on yourself, as the you-don’t-need-a-gun Colorado legislators told rape survivors to try next time they’re attacked? I’m all for it as long as there’s an opposing team consisting of another country’s boxers/martial artists so when those “de-escalation techniques” don’t work the idiot gets the crap beat out of him. But unfortunately that won’t happen.

    Even so, sure, let’s make stupidity and failure an Olympic sport. That would be a metaphor for the whole enterprise. Hopefully that will put the final nail in the coffin of this silly, useless sports pageant.

    Steve57 (2d3b12)

  49. You did a good job . (692144)

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