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She's got a gun / Nancy Floyd.

By: Floyd, Nancy, 1956-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Philadelphia, PA : Temple University Press, 2008Description: xi, 248 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.ISBN: 9781592131549 (cloth : alk. paper); 1592131549 (cloth : alk. paper); 9781592131556 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1592131557 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Women -- United States -- History -- Pictorial works | Firearms owners -- United States -- History | Shooters of firearms -- United States -- History | Women in popular culture -- United States -- HistoryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: She's got a gun.DDC classification: 305.48/96920973
Contents:
Guns 101 -- Shooting like a woman -- Shooting stars : Calamity Jane and Annie Oakley -- Look out! She's got a gun! -- All things being equal -- Direct fire -- Epilogue.
Summary: In 1991 Nancy Floyd bought her first handgun. Soon she was participating in Ladies Day at her local shooting range and reading Women & Guns magazine. In 1993 she began interviewing and photographing women who were fellow gun owners. In 1997 she started researching "gun women" from the past to see how they were represented in the popular imagination. Now she has brought her work together in a book, filled with remarkable photographs and candid first-person stories, accompanied by an eye-opening illustrated history of female gun ownership in America. Sympathetic but unsentimental, Floyd presents gun-toting women young and old, including an eleven-year-old girl competing in her first gun competition, a woman whose grandmother was killed by an intruder, and a war veteran who experienced firefights while stationed in Iraq. Whatever you might think about gun-toting women before you open this book, your preconceptions are sure to be shattered by the end.--From publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [230]-244) and index.

In 1991 Nancy Floyd bought her first handgun. Soon she was participating in Ladies Day at her local shooting range and reading Women & Guns magazine. In 1993 she began interviewing and photographing women who were fellow gun owners. In 1997 she started researching "gun women" from the past to see how they were represented in the popular imagination. Now she has brought her work together in a book, filled with remarkable photographs and candid first-person stories, accompanied by an eye-opening illustrated history of female gun ownership in America. Sympathetic but unsentimental, Floyd presents gun-toting women young and old, including an eleven-year-old girl competing in her first gun competition, a woman whose grandmother was killed by an intruder, and a war veteran who experienced firefights while stationed in Iraq. Whatever you might think about gun-toting women before you open this book, your preconceptions are sure to be shattered by the end.--From publisher description.

Guns 101 -- Shooting like a woman -- Shooting stars : Calamity Jane and Annie Oakley -- Look out! She's got a gun! -- All things being equal -- Direct fire -- Epilogue.

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CHOICE Review

Visual artist Floyd (photography, Georgia State Univ.) has assembled an interesting mixed genre book of photographs, archival images, personal narrative, history, and cultural analysis on women and guns. She divides the book thematically into three sections--Pleasure: Sports Shooting, Entertainment, Fiction; Power: Self-Defense; and Professional: Police and Military. Floyd's purpose in putting this work together is both personal and political. She links her own interest in guns to her family history and the bearing of arms to a feminist project of women gaining access to activities, careers, and self-defense. The book's most interesting sections are those that take up the historical figures of Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane, Kathleen Cleaver of the Black Panthers, and the representations of women and guns in film history. The collection of historical images, including professional and family photographs, advertisements, and posters, is a visual treat. The breadth of the book's coverage is impressive. However, perhaps not unexpectedly, the book's broad coverage means that it lacks in-depth cultural analysis and does not contribute new theoretical territory. While Floyd mentions anti-gun arguments in passing, she gives short shrift to feminist critique of guns and violence and occasionally dismisses them outright. Summing Up: Recommended. Most levels/libraries. M. Gonick Mount St Vincent Unviersity

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Nancy Floyd is Associate Professor of Photography, Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design, Georgia State University.

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