Gender Roles Essay 2: In The Combat Zone
In “In The Combat Zone,” Leslie Marmon Silko argues that women should know how to use a gun and arm their selves because women are most often the targets of crimes such as rape. Silko supports her claim by contrasting the lives of men and women. She provides several narratives to tell us about her personal experiences as well as others. Silko seeks to classify how different stereotypes and expectations of men and women portray females as weak. She also explains how being targets significantly effect the daily lives of women. Leslie Marmon Silko defines being a woman originally as being vulnerable and defenseless, but then she tells us that this has to change because women are more than capable of being their own protector. Silko states that being a woman, according to mothers, aunts, and grandmothers, often means not learning how to use weapons or killing. As a child, Silko examined how guns are used to hunt and kill. She learned at a young age that guns can make woman feel just as strong as a man no matter what their size. She gives examples of rape cases and describes how one of the women, who lived alone, shot her predator in the chest four times with a .38 caliber revolver. Fortunately, I have never been in a situation where I could have been potentially harmed by a man. But, I hope to have enough knowledge and resources to protect myself if I ever do happen to come across a situation like that. Watching the news and television shows on investigation discovery definitely made me aware of the insanity out in the world, so when im out with my friends or getting off of work late I’ve made it a habit to stay alert. My mother and grandmother have different views of women and weapons. My grandmother strongly disapproves of violence while mother suggests self-defense classes, pepper spray, and going to a gun range. Of course both my mother and grandmother have the same idea that women should be gentle and poise, but...
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