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Blaze pink idea demeaning to women



When deer hunters take to Wisconsin’s fields, they adorn themselves in blaze orange. They do so to ensure their safety. They are to be as visible as possible to other hunters. But soon, some hunters could take to the fields wearing blaze pink. That is the premise of a bill being introduced today in Madison. If passed, this legislation would allow hunters to wear either blaze orange or blaze pink. I don’t really have a problem with the idea, just the premise behind it. The theory, according to lawmaker Terry Moulton, is that allowing hunters to wear blaze pink would encourage more women to try hunting. Really? Allowing women to wear pink hunting gear would encourage more women to take up the sport? That seems doubtful. Women are aware that hunting exists. They know when hunting season begins, because that is when a lot of men fragrance themselves with deer urine, grab their guns and head to their favorite spot. Women can do that too. They simply choose not to in greater numbers. Having to wear blaze orange is not what keeps women out of the field. Hunting is not designed to be a fashion statement. There is more women don’t like about hunting than the color of their duds. Let’s leave the pink on Barbie cars, and out of Wisconsin’s woods.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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