Inspired by the Hunger Games, girls “aim” farther with archery

Shooting Archery at Camp

image via Rockwood Camp

Thank you Katniss Everdeen! The popularity of the Hunger Games series, a trilogy book-turned-movie  series, has more girls “aiming” for archery as their sport (I had no idea archery was a sport) of choice. According to NPR, some sellers of sporting equipment  have noticed an increase in bow and arrow sales since the first movie was released in 2012. And over the past 2 years, membership in USA Archery has doubled. One girl’s experience with the sport is described here.

“Following in the footsteps of Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, who’s fiercely talented with a bow and arrow, is one reason Y’Jazzmin came through the door here this fall.

Her mom, Alicia Christopher, says positive reinforcement has kept her daughter coming back. Y’Jazzmin competed in her first tournament earlier this month.

‘Watching the way that she’s developed confidence in what she’s doing — she’s very confident,’ Alicia says. ‘She used to be a really shy person, but now she’s opening socially.’ Alicia recently purchased a recurve bow for Y’Jazzmin. It cost about $130. And while that may sound pricey, archery store owner Boyd Wild says the high demand for recurve bows — the type Katniss uses in The Hunger Games — makes it hard to keep some models in stock.”

I don’t know about you, but I’d be down to start the first ever Girls Bow and Arrow Fund if it gives more girls like Y’Jazzmin an opportunity to believe in themselves and discover a real passion. The visual I have of a row of girls lined up, aimed, and ready to shoot is kind of too much badassness for me to handle at once. I think this is “spot on”.

Avatar Image Sesali would also like to learn archery and urges you not to judge her usage of corny puns.

Feministing's resident "sexpert", Sesali is a published writer and professional shit talker. She is a queer Black girl, fat girl, and trainer. She was the former Training Director at the United States Student Association and later a member of the Youth Organizing team at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She received her bachelors in Women's and Gender Studies from Depaul University in 2012 and is currently pursuing a master's in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta. A self identified "trap" feminist, and trained with a reproductive justice background, her interests include the intersections of feminism and: pop culture, youth culture, social media, hip hop, girlhood, sexuality, race, gender, and Beyonce. Sesali joined the team in 2010 as one of the winners of our So You Think You Can Blog contest.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/marlene/ Marlene

    I love this story. While the increase of girls participating in archery may have a lot to do with Hunger Games, it’s interesting (and unnoticed in most feminist circles) that there is a huge surge of girls and women participating in the shooting sports generally. While olympic-style competitions are gender segregated, target shooting is one of the areas of sport where it is common for women to compete directly with men, and on equal footing. Recent years have seen women regularly ranking at or near the top in many shooting disciplines.

  • http://feministing.com/members/girlscantwhat/ Girls Can’t WHAT?

    I’ve definitely seen an increase in sales for my Archery design in both girls and women’s sizes. It started when the movie Brave came out and then really took off after the first Hunger Games movie.

    And Marlene is right, it’s an increase overall in shooting sports. I have also seen sales growth over the last 4-5 years with my hunting design which displays a girl shooting a rifle and my sharpshooter design which shows a girl shooting a pistol.

    It is very curious that most target shooting competitions are still divided by gender. If we’re on “equal footing” with this sport then let them all compete together. You still don’t see that very often.