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Hunting, violence, and masculinity

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article with this spectacularly unsubtle title: “Special Ops, Pig Patrol: Commando Wannabes Stalk Porky”. It’s a story about the Texan escapades of Tactical Hog Patrol, with gleeful violence masquerading as pest control. Remind me not to Google hunting-related things – this is depressing.

“Whenever I see a photograph of some sportsman grinning over his kill, I am always impressed by the striking moral and esthetic superiority of the dead animal to the live one.”
Edward Abbey, A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

(None of this is intended to be categorically against hunting, an issue I don’t discuss much, and about which I’m ambivalent, or polyvalent. Still, Teddy Roosevelt argued that hunting acts as a corrective to the feminizing influence of civilization. But if this is the cure, I say bring on the feminization.)