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Women and guns

Also, it's astounding to me how hung up and prudish lots of people are. There's this MeFi thread about a site that chronicles images of women with guns. Neat! I mean, I like looking at women, and I particularly like images of especially tough, empowered women.

Guns = power, of a sort. I don't particularly want to see images of violence, but then the mere presence of a firearm is not equivalent to violence, is it? I can rip a page out of this book about mutual funds I've got right here, and use it to slit someone's throat. But I'm not going to. I mean, a picture of a woman holding a gun could be emblematic of something as wholesome as a mother protecting her child. Yet all these otherwise rational MeFites are insisting that it's ugly and violent and awful. Are these same folks as alarmed by pictures of men with guns?

Seriously. I wish people would lighten up.

Uh. Yeah.

How many times can I post today before ya'll get irritated with me?

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fenriss
Mar. 23rd, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
In a case like that, I'm inclined to think that it's rubbing the noses of fundamentalist Islamists in the fact that "our" women are both dangerous and sexually liberated. I just can't find too much fault with that. I mean, it's kind of cheap, and I am absolutely not a fan of jingoism on garish display. But I have to admit that when I think about the misogyny of the men who were responsible for 9/11, I have a mean-spirited desire to make them look at pictures of hot women with guns.

I'm sure that's utterly misguided. I just can't seem to help it.
rottenlilgirl
Mar. 23rd, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
hmmmmm...a friend of mine just linked this up...funny given this conversation.

Click here to see what I mean
fenriss
Mar. 24th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
Hrm. I can't get it to load right. :(
smoakes777
Mar. 23rd, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
I remember that mural (I live in LA too). It bothered me because first they had a portrait of a firefighter, and then they took it down and put up the military picture. I thought that reminding us all of bravery and loss was a very important thing at the time, and then the military picture seemed all pro-war. So it pissed me off... I think it was a woman so they could get props for being feminist or something, since people in LA were so largely anti-war.

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