Women Packing Heat

Jul 9 2012 @ 4:43pm

The Department of Public Safety in Texas have found that "the fastest-growing group of concealed handgun owners in the state has been, for at least five years, black women." J. Victoria Sanders explains why she is one of them:

For women, part of the tension around this topic is that women with guns are marginalized in a feminist culture that promotes unarmed resistance and "clean" fighting techniques. These send the message that as long as a woman does not have a lethal means of protecting herself, she is still feminine and worthy of "real" protection—either from a man, or from the police. To be a gun-owning feminist, to prepare to protect oneself against two of the most frightening enemies of female-identified people—rape and/or domestic violence—still strikes at the heart of what could be described as a feminist identity crisis, wherein women oppress each other with our inability to make room for alternative models of self-protection.