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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?


Mar. 23rd, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
Reality is that women use guns and are in militaries all over the world. Generally speaking, mainstream society doesn't want that in their faces, they don't want to deal with a real-life GI Jane. Whether it's because it is too intimidating to them or anti-maternal (to coin a phrase). And then there's the violence...

The first Tomb Raider movie was released shortly after 9/11. Slash's best friend had a job in LA at the time creating the posters for the movie. The original version of the poster showed Lara holding both guns, just as she normally does, but 'out of consideration of people's feelings towards violence at the time', they made them change it so that she was only holding one gun.

Female or not, I think they would have changed it -- catering, once again, to the whimpy mainstream. (Or, in some cases, is it Hollywood's assumption that the mainstream is whimpy?)
Mar. 23rd, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
Re: $.02
Err? One gun OK, two guns not OK? Thaaaaaaat's logical.

I don't know. I'm kind of in the middle on the subject of guns, gun control, gun ownership, etc. I believe there sinply has to be a rational middle ground. I mean, E owns a number of guns, and I like shooting guns. But, Jebus, I'm the least likely person in the world to actually point one at a living creature.

So I'm not sure what's wimpy and what's just conditioned ignorance. But I'll tell you one thing... Angelina as Lara Croft? Dear lord, GUH!

Mar. 23rd, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: $.02
Logic and Hollywood are just not normally found in the same sentence, but thank you for making it possible ;)

Yeah, I'm right there with you on the middle ground. At the very least, I do think there should be something like required gun education, like there is for driving. However, there are a lot of sides to that discussion.

I agree, Angelina as Lara Croft -- she so looks and works that part. On that note, I think I'll be back at the gym tonight...one Halloween I'd just love to try that costume...



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