This is just a wonderful read. I’m still a white lady, so the intersection for race is missing for me. But a lot of what she wrote about the surprise of those unacquainted with the sport at its diversity, the consternation of vegetarians and vegans, as well as criticism from fellow liberals is pretty on-point.
She also manages to hit on the point of contention I’d been feeling around many of the more popular female hunters, like Tiffany Lakosky and especially Georgia Pellegrini. I’m happy that they are able to make a living doing what they love. However, many people out there have blogs and presences dedicated to the idea that this type of hunting is out of reach for many of us, financially speaking. The added layer for me is the eye candy factor- I will never look that great at 4:30AM, and that’s OK because I don’t want to wake up at 3 to spend an hour in makeup. On the one hand, I’m really happy that these other women have been making the sport more popular among the female demographic, not to mention popularizing and manufacturing hunting gear cut for women. On the other hand, it’s just another unattainable standard. There’s a lot of writing out there on this kind of thing in the beauty industry and society at large, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed that this polished expectation had crept into the hunting industry. Mixed feelings feminist is conflicted.