hope you get shot out in the forest and wolves gnaw on your dying
corpse…..WHILE YOU’RE STILL ALIVE
like to rip off your f*$%ing head and pour gunpowder down your f*$%ing throat
and light it on fire
Only c*%t’s shoot animals and take pleasure in
it. I hope you die a horrible painful death
As I began to look at how female
hunters were being bullied, I had to ask myself if it was because we were easy
targets as women or if we needed to just toughen up a little. Once I started
asking my fellow female hunters about their experiences, the things that they
sent to me as examples of what they deal with daily made me sick to my stomach.
like to meet you outside someday with a gun in my hand, I would shoot you
several times and laugh over your f*$%ing body as you die like you do to those
poor animals that can’t defend themselves. MURDERER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“Generally threats are basic
name calling. They include sexist remarks, racist remarks and then lead into
threats of dismemberment or other demented scenarios.” said Mia Anstine when I asked her about the
types of threats she receives, “The hardest part of receiving threats is
the thought of having to protect myself and my family from potential
harm.” It is more than female hunters not being taken seriously among
fellow hunters – this is an attack against individuals, what they stand for and
believe in. It is cyber bullying.
I have been harassed on social
media but I keep writing about hunting and why I love it. I think our
voices need to be heard and sadly, we need to fight to gain credibility. Women
have said to me that if they get harassed, sometimes it is just easier to
remove themselves from the situation either by preventing comments on their
blogs (like “I hope you get shot out of the tree”) or by removing
themselves from the online groups and stepping away from Twitter and Facebook
for a while.
But, I don’t believe it is that
I joined a Facebook group dedicated
to deer hunting in Maine. I was eager to join in on a conversation that I
hoped would demonstrate what a tight community we are as hunters.
Instead, I found a group that had derogatory posts aimed at women, and threads
filled with name calling and insults. I left the group immediately but have
found that this trend does not change. Pick a Facebook group dedicated to any type of hunting, and you
will not find a group of people coming together for a common goal, but a
group of people who prefer to belittle and insult one another. Is this really who hunters are?
Carrie Zlykais a popular huntress whose podcast has close to 20,000 subscribers yet the hate mail
she receives is mind-blowing. She highlighted a few of them from a week’s worth
of emails (above); “Realistically – it’s very easy to write “If I saw you
I’d kill you” sitting behind a computer screen thousands of miles away.
It would be a lot harder to say those words to someone’s face. They are
all cowards.” I would like to think that the people who take part in
cyber bullying would be furious if their friend, daughter, girlfriend or
mother, were the target. Until things change, should female hunters just
deal and get some thicker skin? Should we take comfort in the fact that many of
the threats are hollow? No. When a woman is threatened with rape and murder
because she hunts, something is terribly wrong with society and the overall
hunting community for not being more outraged. Men and women are sitting behind computer screens and attacking those of us who enjoy hunting and providing for our families.
“ We need to work together and protect our own from these type of attacks. “Women are rising in the industry, they are becoming
more aware, but with that comes an unexpected downfall – pure cattiness” points out Carrie.
The older generation of hunters may not see this as a big deal, but for those of us who are a part of the fast growing world of female hunters – and those hunters who take to social media to talk and share stories about hunting – this is very much a reality and a seriosus issue. We can not afford to just blow this off as “cyber gunk” but as a threat against fellow hunters.
Mia, Carrie, myself and countless others will continue to promote hunting and the amazing women who are proud to be hunters. It is my hope that we can turn the tide against cyber bullying and work to encourage more women to get out there, support them as they try a sport and hopefully love it as much as we do!