Ashley Herzog Bristow
Ashley Herzog Bristow, often known by her maiden name Ashley Herzog, is a conservative writer. A blonde woman critical of feminism who has been ranked as a beauty of the Right, Bristow has often drawn comparisons to Ann Coulter, though her style is less confrontational; she has said, "I'm definitely not as extreme as her." She is the author of Feminism vs. Women, and is a columnist for Townhall.com. She is married to attorney and fellow author Kyle Bristow, with whom she has one child.
Herzog entered Ohio University as a freshman in 2004. She would major in journalism. Already a conservative, she initially had a positive view of the feminist movement, and called herself a "conservative feminist." Her encounter with the ideology on campus proved a transformative experience saw the fanatical variant that flourished on campus. Breaking with feminism, Herzog took up the pen, and would remained an outspoken thorn in the side of the Left throughout her college years. She wrote for the university's student newspaper, The Post, sporadically at first, but a regular columnist by her senior year. In her freshman year, she was already questioning the orthodoxies of women's liberation. Observing the debauchery of many modern women, ready to sexualize themselves, she concluded that "liberation can be degradation," lamenting the spectacle of "women, with little coercion from men, sexually exploiting themselves." As she later recalled,
I realized about five minutes into my first women’s studies class that wasn’t enough. To the contrary, the feminist clique had a litany of complaints against me and other non-liberal women. We didn’t brand ourselves “Vagina Warriors” or chant obscenities in a crowded auditorium (see the feminist play The Vagina Monologues for details). We weren’t offended by suggestions that men and women are innately different. And, perhaps most egregiously of all, we didn’t consider the “right” to butcher unborn children essential to our liberty. The message from feminists was clear: accept our dogma, or remain permanently on the outs.
In later columns she called Left-wing students to account for their adulation of mass murderer Che Guevara, criticized The Vagina Monologues and single motherhood, defended concealed carrying of handguns on campus, railed against "sexist" attacks on conservative women, attacked socialism in academia, and argued that public schools cannot be fixed simply by allocating more money. Herzog's conservative writing was in contrast to the leftism that was usually the rule in The Post, and earned her little love from the university's community. Herzog also argued that the amount of media and legal attention given to "sexting" amounts to a harmful moral panic. In addition, she has written for TownHall since 2006.
On June 20, 2008, she released a book of her own, Feminism vs. Women. Published by Xulon Press, a small Christian self-publishing firm, in her book she argues that feminism "operates as a rigid ideology dictating what women should think and how they should live," aiming "to mold all women into loyal, obedient liberals who tow the establishment line. For all their caterwauling about 'choice' and 'women's rights,' feminists fail to respect women's most important right of all: the right to think and act for ourselves."
- Most Interesting People 2010 - Ashley Herzog Cleveland Magazine. January 2010. Accessed Feburary 15, 2013.
- "Most Interesting People 2010 - Ashley Herzog."
- Ashley Herzog. [Liberation can be degradation http://thepost.ohiou.edu/content/liberation-can-be-degradation] The Post. April 13, 2005. Accessed February 28, 2013.
- Ashley Herzog. Why feminists don't speak for me Townhall.com. May 29, 2007. Accessed February 15, 2013.
- Ashley Herzog. The Other Side: 'Spoiled' students admire violent revolutionary The Post. October 7, 2008. Accessed February 28, 2008.
- Ashley Herzog. Monologues' not true to feminism The Post. February 16, 2006. Accessed February 28, 2008.
- Ashley Herzog. The Other Side: Dads key to child's success The Post. February 28, 2008. Accessed February 28, 2013.
- Ashley Herzog.The Other Side: Handguns are 'necessary evil' for self-defense The Post. February 21, 2008. Accessed February 28, 2013.
- Ashley Herzog. The Other Side: Sexist attacks on conservatives go unchallenged The Post. September 9, 2008. Accessed February 28, 2013.
- Ashley Herzog. The other side: Why socialism and classrooms don't mix The Post. May 11, 2009. Accessed February 28, 2013.
- Ashley Herzog. The Other Side: More funding not fix for public school problems The Post. September 30, 2008. Accessed February 28, 2013.
- Amanda Baldwin. Your Turn: OU alumna gives 'thanks' for Herzog] The Post. March 16, 2009. Accessed February 28, 2013.
- Sungold. Altruism versus Self-promotion: The Ghost-Students of Terms Past Kittywampus. January 26, 2011. Accessed February 28, 2013.
- Ashley Herzog. The Other Side: Moral panic from teen 'sexting' ruins young, innocent lives The Post. April 13, 2009. Accessed February 28, 2013.
- Student Spotlight -Ashley Herzog Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute.
- Feminism vs. Women description at Amazon.com
- John Hawkins. The 15 Hottest Conservative Women In The New Media Right Wing News. June 8, 2009. Accessed February 28, 2013.
- John Hawkins. The 20 Hottest Conservative Women In The New Media (2010 Edition) Right Wing News. June 1, 2010. Accessed February 28, 2013.
- Ramesh. The 15 Hottest Conservative Women In The New Media! SodaHead. January 5, 2011. Accessed February 28, 2013.
- See tweets from August 10 and August 14, 2011 on Mrs. Bristow's Twitter account, Herzogan.
- France Law Group, LLC: Kyle Bristow Bio.
- See tweet from October 24, 2011 on Mrs. Bristow's Twitter account, Herzogan.