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For Some Girls, The Ultimate Goal Is To Kill A Buck

Tamara Keith, NPR, December 9, 2010

Looking at Magan Hebert in her orange-and-blue cheerleading uniform, you’d never guess that she could shoot a rifle and kill a deer with a single shot.

Her hair is teased up and pinned back into a pouf. Her cheekbones and eyelids are defined with bold, colorful sweeps of makeup.

Magan, 15, of Wayne County, Miss., defies the typical image of a hunter — a man wearing camouflage, holding a gun.

But an increasing number of girls now hunt. According to the latest data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there are some 300,000 female hunters under the age of 16. From 1991 to 2006, the number of girls who hunt in this country nearly doubled.

You can read on here.  Sadly this article doesn’t at all get into the gender politics about women hunting.  Not to say that women can’t or shouldn’t hunt, but the language women use to prove their strength and talent in hunting generally revolves around a masculinist rhetoric of promoting hegemonic masculinity.

The author obviously doesn’t have the same questions I have: Why do you find peace in killing animals?  Does killing ability equate actual power, or especially women’s empowerment in the name of feminism?  Do we associate hunting with a certain social class and why?  Is this type of hypermasculinity different from that of a Wall Street stock trader?  Do your cheerleading and hunting make you an American?

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