Okay, I realize that I've touched on this stuff briefly before, but I recently had a "joke" posted on my personal Facebook page that set me off a little. At risk of seeming to be the humorless harridan in the room that everyone hates to be around, I'm going to talk about it.
The "joke" was this:
"You can tell a lot about a woman's mood just by her hands.
For instance, if they are holding a gun, she's probably angry."
My response to the post was this:
How about empowered, skillful, trained, accurate, and safe?
I think that though this is meant as a joke, that it just feeds into inaccurate stereotypes about women and firearms."
I understand if you are a new shooter, that you are excited to join the
"gun club", and you want to pass on "gun-related" stuff on social
media. But here's the thing -- perpetuating stereotypes about ourselves
is not helping. The anti-gunners and the unfamiliar general public
thinks this is the way women handle firearms - out of jealousy, rage,
monthly hormone swings, and various other undesirable motivations. They
almost never think women can be competent, skillful, safe, and
responsible firearms owners. We need to stop "shooting ourselves in the
foot" - to use an apropos metaphor - and start projecting the image that
we want the public to have about women and firearms.
that I'm mostly preaching to the choir, but with the ranks of new female
shooters swelling every year, I thought I'd just throw out this gentle
reminder that people are watching you. Your friend from high school who
hates guns may be looking at your posts. Your coworkers who are on the
fence are watching you. You can either educate by example - or
reinforce their negative opinions - simply by what you post and what you
say. (I'm also reminding "myself" as I speak here)
We are all ambassadors of our hobby/sport/passion. Let's be good ones!