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Good Guys with GunsThe Appeal and Consequences of Concealed Carry$
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Angela Stroud

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627892

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627892.001.0001

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Refuse to Be a Victim?

Refuse to Be a Victim?

Femininity, Guns, and Victimization

(p.55) 3 Refuse to Be a Victim?
Good Guys with Guns

Angela Stroud

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter provides an in-depth analysis of how women relate to and understand gendered discourses of guns and vulnerability in light of cultural constructions of women’s victimization. The women in the study say that shooting is empowering and that guns equalize differences between themselves and potential criminals, something that is particularly important for women who have been victims of violent crimes. Despite their capacity to equalize dynamics between men and women, and even when they are competent and highly skilled shooters, those women who are married often defer to their husbands for protection, and unlike the men in this study, they never see themselves as family defenders. Ultimately, these practices and discourses reinforce patriarchal gender norms and contribute to a culture in which men are encouraged to have control over others.

Keywords:   Women’s Vulnerability, Self Defence, Women and Victimization, Guns as Equalizers, Women and Guns, Mothers as Protectors, Patriarchy

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