I have been bombarded by the media pushing a leftist political agenda my entire life. Since my high school years, when I first noticed their deliberate attempts to push their particular perspective on me, they seem to be getting even more crass and up front in their efforts.
I remember the first time Snapchat got its new update adding magazine subscriptions for users to scroll through, read, and enjoy. I was kind of irritated that there was only CNN and no other option for news.
This was also around the time that Twitter introduced the discover page and would only display stories from the left’s points of view. It gets old after a while. There have been numerous stories of Facebook pushing the same leftist ideology.
The trend continues today, and it seems to be only growing since the election of President Donald Trump. These social networks seem to be personally invested in defeating the president and conservative values at all costs.
This is not a scientific study, so I am not 100% certain if there has been a measurable increase since then, or if I am just more politically in tune, but I am amazed at the continual efforts of the left to brainwash and influence young adults like me.
Magazines like Cosmopolitan and Teen Vogue specifically and purposely hone in on why women’s health and wellness means I must be “pro-abortion.” More than once, I have clicked on the Snapchat Cosmopolitan story that seemed interesting, only to discover it was just spoon feeding me the abortion industry’s propaganda. Not only is abortion a choice, it’s apparently the best choice.
Young women and girls today are being influenced across the country from this undeniably exclusive rhetoric. Teen Vogue recently published an article called “What to get a friend Post-Abortion.” The end of the article states, “… she will need you — not because the act itself is so terrible, but because sometimes the world can be.” Nothing wrong with that per se; pro-lifers are often the ones who come alongside post-abortive women. But the article listed and encouraged gifts like an “F-U-terus” pin. Lovely.
I wonder if the women writing these articles ever question why an abortion can be so traumatizing. It is not something to take lightly.
According to one study, an alarming 50% of women who have an abortion show immediate negative responses. The emotional impact is significant not only for the women but for anyone closely involved with the pregnant mother.
Abortion does not seem empowering to me. In fact, the entire article proves how discouraging and dismantling it can be for someone. To feel empowered is to feel accomplished. What do abortions accomplish?
Does that disqualify me from being a woman? That’s what these media influencers would like me to believe. They do everything in their power to silence and shame young women like me by acting as if we do not exist.
What they are discovering, though, is that we will not go away. Programs, like Concerned Women for America’s Young Women for America, are giving young women like me a voice and the space to express our views in a respectful, thoughtful, intelligent way with those who agree and disagree with us.
This gives us a great opportunity to reach other young women with a message of true diversity and inclusion that allows them to be who they want to be and not who the media elite demands.
Samantha Stohlman is an alumna of Concerned Women for America’s Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program. Learn more about this program by clicking here.