Meet Emily Jashinksy, Commentary Writer at the Washington Examiner. Emily is a speaker at the 2017 Young Women’s Leadership Retreat in July. Check out her advice for young, conservative women!
When did you know that you were a conservative? How did you get to where you are today?
I discovered my conservatism when I began noticing how political correctness was impacting culture, specifically comedy. I grew up in Wisconsin between Milwaukee and Madison and that realization dawned on me just as I started noticing how both the mainstream media and entertainment industry depicted middle Americans who lived like my family. The resentment towards Christians, or gun owners, or even just people who listen to country music seemed to betray a misunderstanding and resentment of people outside the Acela corridor.
How do you combat liberal bias in the media?
Liberal bias in the media is combatted by taking on other biases in the media, namely cultural. For the most part, the most powerful mainstream newsrooms are headquartered in New York and Washington, and the geography alone leads to a fundamental misunderstanding of so much of the country these publications attempt to cover. That is a long and frustrating pattern to correct, but for now, conservatives are doing a good job using their own outlets to fight back.
What is the most absurd way that the feminist movement claims women are oppressed?
Given the sheer volume of absurd feminist complaints, that’s a tough question to answer. But one of my favorite examples was when one feminist wrote a column on how air conditioning in offices was sexist back in 2015.
What push back, if any, have you experienced from the liberal feminist movement?
I think it’s a commentary on the state of contemporary feminism, actually, that when they actually choose to engage my arguments, it’s usually just with cheap sarcasm or automatic dismissal. I don’t see a strong impulse in the women’s movement to reflect critically on why they struggle to connect with so many women. I love conversing with people who disagree with me, so I wish they would try to have an honest discussion.
What value do you think groups like NeW add to the public discourse?
They really give women who dare to subvert liberal orthodoxy the resources to organize and amplify their voices. On college campuses, that’s a big deal.
What advice do you have for young conservative women?
First and foremost I think they should read. Dig into the Judith Butler and bell hooks texts that have shaped the modern feminist movement so you actually have an understanding of what happened to it. Also, read authors like Camille Paglia and Christina Hoff Sommers who have done the research and written brilliant analyses. It’s not enough to watch YouTube clips or follow thought leaders on Twitter. You have to read. I would also advise young conservative women to embrace how great this country is for our sex and just have fun.
Do you think it’s possible to “reclaim” the term “feminism?” If yes, how?
I don’t know if it’s worth reclaiming. If you believe in basic, fundamental sexual equality, say so. I don’t think we need to rely on that word, or that movement, to advocate for women’s interests.