There is something about a female archer that teases the imagination out of complacency. A woman warrior inspires. Keira Knightly's performance as Guinevere in King Arthur was so different from that of Vanessa Redgrave's in the musical, Camelot. Guinevere as a warrior is my kind of role model. I wonder if I could pull off the leather strap bodice look.
My first exposure to archery came at Girl Scout camp and was repeated in high school PE classes. It's not a sport for namby pambys. It takes strength to pull back the string the full length of the arrow. It is difficult to hold the bow steady while you aim. When you release the arrow, if you are not careful you can be snapped by the string, which is quite painful and can cause a nasty bruise.
The image of female archers added to the mystique of the movie, Hunger Games. I always pictured Amazon warriors as archers. Female archers are also featured in the summer olympics.
Wisconsin is one of many states that allows the carrying of concealed firearms. I wonder if we are on the way to becoming a nation of pistol-packin' mamas. I think we would be better off as a nation if we put the firearms industry out of business and reverted to more primitive weapons. Use of a bow takes more time and involves more of a thought process before inflicting damage.
But I am not really interested in the bow as a weapon. For me archery is target practice. Here is a photo of my recurve bow and quiver with arrows along with my wrist and finger guards:
It is a sport I enjoy. I'm no Robin Hood, of course. I can't split the shaft of the previous arrow from fifty paces, but I'm not a bad shot either.
I engage in the sport of archery because it allows me to fantasize that I could feed my family, defend home and hearth, and attract the strongest and handsomest mate. And doesn't everyone need a hobby?