Does Feminism Carry A Gun?

In the wake of yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller (i.e., the D.C. gun ban case), Megan McArdle at The Atlantic mused "I don't understand why more feminists don't push for widespread gun ownership." Well, other than the fairly obvious overlap between feminists and liberals (who tend to not be the biggest fans of guns) as well as plenty of statistics that show gun ownership by woman doesn't do that much to prevent violence against women - and that the whole idea that it does is a myth cooked up by gun companies to sell us all guns - I guess I'm at a loss, too.

On the other hand, well, I really do like watching women kick some jerk's ass. Call me a reverse-sexist, call me an inappropriate fan of country justice, but there's something primal about watching a bunch of powerful women get some of their own back. In fact, in The Handmaid's Tale, there's a scene in which state-sanctioned violence against rapists by the least powerful women in the society is ritualized as a way of controlling the handmaids' impulses to rebel against their station. So, when I'm not watching Rosario Dawson, Zoe Bell and Tracie Thoms beat the shit out of Kurt Russell, I sort of wonder if the fetishization of violent women is just another way of distracting us from the rights we don't have - like equal pay, say - rather than an actual equality.

Wait, what was I saying? That's so cool.

Guns Are A Feminist Issue [Asymmetrical Information]

A Deadly Myth [Violence Policy Center]