Aforementioned in my previous post, I had been working on my article, "Insta-Perversion," for months; revising and rewording, scrapping and drafting. I was worried I would come across as a hypocritical asshole or jealous of 'competing' women in the sport or that it would seem unsupportive in this recent 50/50 movement of increasing ladies' presence on the water. I was nervous that, if the industry thought any of these were true, I would be left estranged of the very industry I have chosen as a livelihood and revere. However, I also knew that I promote women in both the sport and industry regularly. I cater workshops, lessons and instruction to women wanting to learn, and I know that I'm not always an asshole. So, with a deep breath, I finally hit 'publish post', and my God, I am glad I did.
My feeling of worry and nervousness was quickly dissipated as the inboxes on all of my accounts were over flowing with emails, comments and laurels. I was not alone in thinking that there was a problem. I was not alone in the worry of what the impacts could be in posting a fairly brazen article, and I was certainly not alone in the frustration over vainglorious exagerations and arrogance that many of us are seeing so frequently via medias.
I am overwhelmed by the responses I have received since posting the article. Ladies I have admired in the sport, seasoned guides, new ladies entering the sport, ladies I had never heard of, fathers with daughters, male anglers and ambassador reps filled my inboxes with so many messages of support, understanding, gratefulness and knowledge. Some new anglers reached out for support, accomplished anglers offered their perspectives from seeing the industry evolve over their time, my male counterparts offered their advocacy and even a few ambassador reps reassessed their team of prostaff members.
What I found surprising however, was that I did not receive a single email arguing my point, no surly comments, and no tirades of divisiveness. Now, this may be a result of the fact that more than likely, these insta-famous fly girls fully comprehend what they are doing and do not care; or that they truly believe they are a positive role model in what they continue to mistake being the "industry"... Instagram. In saying so though, those latest accounts that had been continuously following/ unfollowing me have stopped, and more than a few of these particular girls who are or who are trying to be an insta-famous account have stopped 'liking' twenty plus photos multiple times a day, so maybe there were some hurt feelings.
Edit: I was messaged an ironic post afterwards which had completely misunderstood my point, who twisted my words to create their own narrative and then used my own wording in their post as their wording.