YOU GUYS, HIPSTERS ARE HUNTING NOW. I kind of had an inkling that once they got tired of growing heirloom arugula and sunflowers, they would simply continue their march into all things farming and hunting and AMERICA FUCK YEAH NONSENSE.
Specifically, women are into hunting now. T Magazine introduces us to several professional women who went on a “Girl Hunter Adventure Getaway”, which is described as a “Thelma and Louise-ish” weekend that promised to show said women how to fly fish, shoot a shotgun, gut game and more. The article is actually a fairly even-handed account of how a Wellesley grad who, like most Wellesley grads, grew up on the Upper East Side and went to the Chapin School, left Lehman Brothers to become a chef and, eventually, a published author extolling the virtues of killing shit and then eating it.
Congrats to the author for not falling too hard into the ready-made trope of “Lipstick and shotguns” and how women can still be pretty and feminine and whatever while still murdering wild animals. However, he still remarks on how put together the women are—how the leader of the group is a mix between Annie Oakley and Reese Witherspoon as she rides an ATV.
At this point, haven’t gender roles and norms been pretty much blown out of the water at this point no pun inteded? Or, at least shouldn’t they be? Why are stories like this even interesting at this point? But then I remember about how insano mainstream America went when Jenna Lyons painted her sons nails. And then, as I was writing this, I saw this “Think Tank” column on WWD entitled “Men are the New Women*”.
UGH, THIS DUDE WHO WAS APPARENTLY THE "CHIEF UNDERPANTS OFFICER OF JOE BOXER" IS SERIOUSLY OUT HERE IN 2013 BEING ALL LIKE, “DUDES ARE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON CLOTHES AND THIS ONE TIME A GUY ASKED ME WHERE I GOT MY POLKA DOT SCARF FROM.” Holy fucking shit. Where you been homie? THIS ENTIRE SITE IS DEDICATED TO DUDES AND CLOTHES. IT’S BEEN LIKE THIS FOR A MINUTE, CHIEF UNDERPANTS OFFICER GUY.
What’s the lesson in reading articles about professional women shooting shit and professional men emailing each other about the hottest new trends? Evidently nothing because we still refer to groups of women who go camping and hunting together as “Thelma and Louise-ish” and an actual menswear industry executive and insider refers to a category of men as "stray", a mix of gay and straight aka metrosexual aka Menswear's Great Depression for being interested in fashion. GOOD THING I LOVE WORKWEAR.