3 Things You Can Do to Empower Other Outdoors Women
A few weeks ago, while sharing a link to one of my posts on online, I came across something sad. A beautiful female model and angler who regularly posts on a Facebook page that I happen to have “liked” was being accused of posting a Photoshop altered image of one of her largemouth bass catches by another woman. Mind you, I see the photos that this pretty lady (who shall remain nameless) posts of her catches online a few times a month. While it is pretty apparent that she has other things going on in her life aside from fishing, I haven’t yet seen a photo that looks like it’s been altered.
Yes, I know plenty of people out there tweak and modify fish photos using modern technology (I’m not naïve), but from what I have seen, this beautiful young lady honestly does love fishing and has been on the cover of numerous respectable fishing magazines, so it appalled me to see her being rudely attacked on social media without just cause. Jealously? Inner anger? I have to ask myself… and all of you… what drives women to be so competitive and backbiting?
To the above types of confrontational women (and you know who you are), why don’t you STOP for one second and try lifting others up instead of tearing them down? No matter how good you think you are at fishing or anything else, there is always someone out there who has more skills, who has been doing it longer, and who genuinely wants to see other women out there succeed and serve as a good role model for beginning anglers. We all started somewhere. Besides, that “mean girl” thing… so unflattering.
Here are a few suggestions:
- If you see someone outdoors fishing or on social media performing any kind of angling act in a way that you perceive to be incorrect, how about educating that person by gently correcting them, making a suggestion, or sending them a private message mentioning the proper way? Don’t you think we should give them credit for being out there and trying it regardless?
- If a fellow outdoors woman or lady angler is interested in refining her skills, suggest that she attend an upcoming fishing seminar or clinic. For example, the “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminar series or the FWC “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program in Florida both host a few events each year throughout the state. You can also suggest that they reach out to Jeanene Arrington, of Not a Clue Adventures, who runs an outdoor guide service and specializes in educating women on a variety of outdoor activities like hiking, camping, fishing and canoeing.
- Invite her along the next time you go out fishing with a group so she has the chance to connect with other anglers and learn a little something from each of them. I know there are several of you out there saying to yourselves, “I’m not going to invite someone I hardly know out fishing.” What if she refuses to bait her own line or claims she has to run to the bathroom every 5 minutes? Well, guess what? You’ll find out real fast how serious someone is when it comes to learning more about the sport or if they are just a “female fishing poser.”
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