“Ladies first,” is no longer a term that carries any meaning. Doors are not held open anymore and checks are split on dates. One could say that these were signs of the women’s liberation movement winning the equality battle, but that’s only if we make the mistake of equating genteel behavior with inequality. It’s the fault of both parties involved. Men should be holding themselves to a minimum standard of gentlemanly behavior. Women should demand the treatment due to a lady…As long as she acts like a lady.
However, we lady shooters face a conflict. While we work to represent women as respectable members of the shooting community, with little differentiating us from our male counterparts, we don’t want to be thought of as less feminine. Unfortunately, the availability of pics of half naked, gun toting models creates a comparison in which we would rather not be involved. Those models could hardly be accused of ladylike behavior, but they are being viewed as more feminine and that’s a problem.
Of all the gun slinging gals out there, those involved in the shooting sports are some of the best at demanding the respect due to a lady. If you’re ever looking for an example of an empowered woman for your daughter, you needn’t look any further than your local club match. While these women are strong and undoubtably powerful, they are ladies as well. They might just appreciate a door held open or help with their bags. Doing these things will not undermine their abilities, in fact, doing so will instead, honor them.