Gun Women: Firearms and Feminism in Contemporary America

Gun Women: Firearms and Feminism in Contemporary America

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by Mary Zeiss Stange, Carol K. Oyster
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814797601

ISBN-13: 9780814797600

Pub. Date: 09/01/2000

Publisher: New York University Press

Women, we are told, should not own guns. Women, we are told, are more likely to be injured by their own guns than to fend off an attack themselves. This "fact" is rooted in a fundamental assumption of female weakness and vulnerability. Why should a woman not be every bit as capable as a man of using a firearm in self-defense?

And yet the reality is that

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Women, we are told, should not own guns. Women, we are told, are more likely to be injured by their own guns than to fend off an attack themselves. This "fact" is rooted in a fundamental assumption of female weakness and vulnerability. Why should a woman not be every bit as capable as a man of using a firearm in self-defense?

And yet the reality is that millions of American women—somewhere between 11,000,000 and 17,000,000—use guns confidently and competently every day. Women are hunting, using firearms in their work as policewomen and in the military, shooting for sport, and arming themselves for personal security in ever-increasing numbers. What motivates women to possess firearms? What is their relationship to their guns? And who exactly are these women? Crucially, can a woman be a gun-owner and a feminist too?

Women's growing tendency to arm themselves has in recent years been political fodder for both the right and the left. Female gun owners are frequently painted as "trying to be like men" (the conservative perspective) or "capitulating to patriarchal ideas about power" (the liberal critique). Eschewing the polar extremes in the heated debate over gun ownership and gun control, and linking firearms and feminism in novel fashion, Mary Zeiss Stange and Carol K. Oyster here cut through the rhetoric to paint a precise and unflinching account of America's gun women.

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ISBN-13:
9780814797600
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Series:
Fast Track Bks.
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

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Gun Women: Firearms and Feminism in Contemporary America 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Muttdad More than 1 year ago
Was well rounded and complete in all the issues of women and guns. One interesting point made by firearm instructors is that women make the best students because they listen and follow directions. They come to the training without an ego or an attitude. There is a conflict about what women think about guns and what they get from the women's lib movement. Despite claims for equality they discourage women from owning a handgun in particular which I found to be a rather odd position. Read this book to get the rest of the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a chance to ask a question and make a comment with the author on Wisconsin Public Radio. Her book is from a women's perspective. Her background is urban New Jersey with no exposure to firearms until she met her husband. I asked her if she knew of Carol Ruth Silver. She knew her from Silver's contribution to Don Kates' 'Restricting Handguns - The Liberal Skeptics Speak Out'. The discussion on the radio program was varied and most informative.