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From the Publisher"A lively mix of memoir, cultural and historical analysis, statistics, and cross-generational profiles of women who shoot—blasting the notion that feminism and firearms are incompatible."-Peace News,
"What should people do when they must face a criminal by themselves? Passive behavior is certainly not the safest course of action. Stange and Oyster take on the hard questions about women's fears of—and use of—guns, in virtually every imaginable context. They convincingly show that these fears are more likely to endanger women's lives and those they love than they are to save them."-John R. Lott Jr.,author of More Guns, Less Crime
"As one of the 'normal, well-balanced [female] adults' who own guns and as one of the 10 percent of hunters who are women, I applaud this eye-opening, complex, challenging book, a frank account of why we hunt and why we love guns which effectively punctures the myths about women, hunting, and guns."
-Diane Humphrey Lueck,University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Outreach Specialist, International Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program
"The first feminist manifesto on women and guns. Closely reasoned, meticulously researched, yet accessibly written, this book's appeal spans the entire political spectrum. It will enlighten committed pacifists and feminists no less than advocates of self-defense, with its theme that so long as women are perceived—and perceive themselves—as too weak to defend themselves, non-violence is not a choice, but merely a culturally assigned role."
-Don B. Kates,coauthor The Great American Gun Debate
"Gun Women explores the relationship between firearms and women from many perspectives, both historical and modern, while also acknowledging the role guns have had in shaping our national character. The authors continually remind us that women who own guns are not the victims of their own fear of being attacked nor of the efforts of the firearm industry to market to them. Introducing "gun women" as intelligent, capable people, this book breaks down the gender and political stereotypes that people have about women who use guns."
-Shari LeGate,Executive Director, Women's Shooting Sports Foundation