June 22, 2003

BELLICOSE WOMEN UPDATE: I’ve mentioned many times that there’s a culture change underway regarding women and firearms. Here’s more evidence. The rather frothy friend-bio of pop star Jewel, Revealing Jewel: An Intimate Portrait from Family and Friends, contains this bit:

Q: What are your guilty pleasures?

A: I love lingerie and jewelry. And I don’t know if I should say this, but I like firearms. Ty just gave me a lever action Winchester 30-30. It’s pretty much a vintage gun — the gun that won the West. They made a limited series of 500 with Ty, to honor hsi breakign the record with seven all-around titles. It’s beautiful. I have number two.

Having looked at the book, I feel pretty sure that this passage wouldn’t have appeared (the bio isn’t exactly hard-hitting) if anyone thought that this revelation would hurt Jewel’s reputation in her target market. Which suggests to me that attitudes are definitely changing.