When pink guns and clothing arrived in the marketplace for women hunters, I remember that one of my friends, a leader of the outdoor women’s movement in Maine, was terribly offended. Women just want hunting clothes that fit them, she told me.
Deirdre Fleming’s news story today about pink clothing for female hunters makes the same point. “When pink came along, it just enraged me,” Liz Walker of Carrabasset Valley told Fleming. “For our clothes to have pink all over it, it’s almost like a slap in the face. Then they came out with turquoise. Well, we don’t need a special color. We want the same stuff (as men). We just want it to fit us.”
Walker has been hunting for 30 years, so she knows what she’s talking about.
Fleming interviewed manufacturers and staff at LL Bean and Cabela’s, in her serious – but also entertaining – story. You can read it here.
And good luck to all those women hunters out there today – regardless of whether they are wearing pink.