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A hunting article in WHAT magazine?!

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I just got my monthly NWTF newsletter and in it, they mention that the magazine started by Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, includes an article written by a young woman going on her first wild turkey hunt. Below is a link to the online article...

I am taking the time to register on that site, so I can comment on hunting and the growing role of women hunters. I was initially very surprised to see Oprah allowing this article to be printed in her magazine, but then I got to thinking about it a little more. Oprah is a VERY smart lady, who has become quite wealthy and influential by understanding modern women...she is not going to ignore the trend of more female hunters going afield each year. I am reluctant to applaud her decision to publish the article, because I don't know what her personal feelings really are, but it is encouraging to see a mainstream magazine, outside of the hunting industry, recognizing the positive and growing influence of hunting on women in this country.
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I'm glad to see mainstream magazines and national radio broadcasts acknowledging the growing participation and influence of women in the hunting and shooting sports. They are absolutely key to the future of our recreational pursuits and the freedoms that accompany them.
had you guys not posted this I never would have known O had a hunting article. Go figure. I think these instances mentioned likely have more to do with the feminist movement than in supporting or promoting hunting. on the one hand they cast hunting in a positive light but only because it was a woman at the trigger. not that I find anything wrong with women hunting but I doubt these publications will ever have an article that paints a man who hunts in a positive way for the sake of the hunting/shooting sports or gun rights and it's role in society.
I had to think about what you were saying, but you're right. This article probably wasn't about "hunting", as much as it was about women being empowered to do what they want, including controversial sports, such as hunting. Nonetheless, women vote, and raise children, and discuss magazine articles in "O" magazine with other women, so regardless of why the article was included, the net result is a positive affirmation of women in the outdoors.

I guess I look at it like this...if we count on the "good ol' boy club" to keep our hunting and 2nd amendment rights intact, we're in a lot of trouble. Call it the feminist movement or just call it progress, but ladies are getting into the sports of hunting and shooting in unprecedented numbers. From my perspective, nothing could be more valuable to the future of all the shooting sports than for women to be involved. On a more finite scale, I just enjoy having my family with me on hunts. I'm glad to see a major magazine encouraging women to join us in the outdoors.
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As long as the net affect is positive towards shooting/hunting gun rights I won't be writing letters to the editors of O or to the editorial desk at NPR asking that they rethink the entries. I too think it is extremely good for the sport and our way of life to push the topics into the main stream of the media and do so in a positive way.

As for how a true feminist/hunter views gun rights... my guess would be a true and militant feminist would not think twice about denying a man gun rights and while she is still fully armed, hunting him down in the woods... Feminism isn't about equality in my opinion, who would want to be equal anyway.
I would have to wonder how we make the leap from a very introspective article, written with a true woman's sensitivities, on harvesting and processing your own turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, to a "true and militant" feminist. I do not equate one with the other, in any way, whatsoever. In fact, the women I have met who hunt are also strong supporters of the 2nd amendment and none of their traditional feminine values have been lost by virtue of their choice to hunt. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the number of radical feminists who eat meat, let alone hunt, would be fairly small, wouldn't it?

It is my opinion, after having actually read the article, that this young lady did a commendable job of conveying how killing something, even for your own sustenance, is not to be taken lightly. In promoting the sport of hunting among women there will always be a great preponderance who also support the right to bear arms. By making hunting part of the mainstream culture of real women, not extreme, left-wing, militant feminists, we introduce a substantial voting presence who will support gun-related recreation.

Honestly, Helix...I can't begin to imagine where you're coming from, but maybe I'm just not paranoid enough? :confused:
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I mentioned in the very first post that I was highly suspicious of why Oprah would allow her magazine to publish this kind of article and it would not surprise me at all if there is an ulterior motive. Then again, I think we gun owners have become so distrusting of the mass media that we lump almost all of them into one giant group of leftist anti-gun liberals, when the truth might be that a few of them can see things more clearly. I'm not saying Oprah was being entirely altruistic in allowing this article to go to print, but like I said earlier, she's no dummy and might just be looking to get on this particular bandwagon and stir up some interest in her namesake rag.

Even if some people on both sides of the aisle are a bit uncomfortable with the motivations behind the article, I think it's safe to say it will do more good than harm. As to why the lady works for F&S and was published in O...for all I know, they're owned by the same company? Then again, maybe the editorial staff on O were looking for just the right person to do this kind of article and found her work in F&S to be of good quality? I can't really say.
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my coment as to militant feminism was directed at a prior coment relating to how that particular leaning related to gun rights. It didn't have anything to do with the O article's writer. if you read the whole thread I think you'll see there was no leaping going on, we were exploring the motivations of the publishers for publishing content outside their normal subject matter.
OK, my mistake, then...I must have missed the context in which you were making that statement.
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