Over two million American women hunt. By taking up weapons for the
explicit purpose of killing, they are shattering one of Western
culture's oldest and most firmly entrenched taboos. The image of a
woman 'armed and dangerous' is profoundly threatening to our
collective psyche--and it is rejected by macho males and radical
Woman the Hunter juxtaposes unsettlingly beautiful accounts of the
author's own experiences hunting deer, antelope, and elk with an
argument that builds on the work of thinkers from Aldo Leopold to
Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Exploring how women and men relate to
nature and violence, Mary Zeiss Stange demonstrates how false
assumptions about women and about hunting permeate contemporary
thought. Her book is a profound critique of our society's evasion
of issues that make us uncomfortable, and it culminates in a
surprising claim: that only by appreciating the value of hunting
can we come to understand what it means to be human.
Controversial and original, defying easy stereotypes, Woman the
Hunter is sure to provoke strong reactions in almost every reader.
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