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What Women Ought to Know About Hunting and Killing

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What Women Ought to Know About Hunting and Killing

While those who disapprove of hunting are solidly in the minority, research indicates women are more likely to frown on hunting. Here’s a look at why that may be the case.

While getting a pedicure recently, I found myself telling the nail technician that I was looking forward to the upcoming weekend because I was going turkey hunting. Typically, I’m careful about what I share with strangers, and I blame the exhilaration of a foot massage for my lapse in judgment. Sure enough, I got the reaction I dreaded.

“Oh, my gosh, how can you kill an animal? I love animals,” said the twenty-something nail technician. “The guy who lives next door to me goes hunting. I just can’t see why a woman would do that.”

Since the conversation was officially over but the pedicure wasn’t, I had some time to mull over what she had said. Was she telling me that she disapproved of hunting in general? Or had she signaled that while hunting might be OK for her male neighbor, it is most assuredly not for a woman?

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