3 Ways to Empower Other Outdoors Women

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lauri-debA 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 happen to see the photos that this pretty lady posts of her catches online a few times a month. While it is pretty apparent that she does have other things going on in her life aside from fishing, I haven’t yet seen a photo that looks like it’s been altered.

I am well aware that there are plenty of people out there who tweak and modify photos, but from what I have seen, the outdoors woman I am referring to honestly does love fishing and has been on the cover of several respectable fishing magazines, so it appalled me to see her being criticized on social media without just cause. Jealously? 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 will always be someone out there who has more skills, who has been doing it longer, and who genuinely wants to see other women succeed and serve as a good role model for beginning anglers. We all started somewhere. Besides, that “mean girl” thing… so unflattering.

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 or not in the best interest of conservation, how about making a friendly 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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2 Comments

  1. Gretchen

    Thank you for such a great post! The “mean girl” mentality, coupled with so many’s quest to rise to the top of the outdoor industry; be the next big star; has often left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Seems as though while many want to use their status as a woman in the outdoors as their “hook” so to speak, they definitely do not want to truly empower or assist other women to become proficient in outdoor sports. In fact I see them tearing others down regularly. Behavior such as that has more than once caused me to consider retiring and walking away from it all. We should be helping other women, not behaving like the mean girls table in the high school cafeteria. Thank you again for bring this issue out in the open.

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