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Hunting for Bambi

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"It's a new form of adult entertainment, and men are paying thousands of dollars to shoot naked women with paint ball guns."

Background info on my attitude: I nearly handed in my resignation on the spot when ex-co-workers wouldn't stop having NERF gun wars around my desk. Not only do I hate guns, even toy ones, I can't stand to even have them pointed at me. I will not go near a paintball facility.

That said, the Hunting for Bambi thing is stupid, but all parties are consenting adults. Those women who signed up for it, agreed to it knowing full well what is involved and they are being paid. If it's really that bad, they'll learn to not go back and tell others that it's not worth the money. Then the facilitators won't have the supply and they won't be able to continue.

The facilitators are not dragging unwilling victims into it.

And c'mon. You HAVE to be living under a fucking rock to NOT know that paintballs cause welts even with thick clothes on. I say it's absolutely bullshit that those women say they didn't know or weren't told it could draw blood on bare skin.

The rule about not hitting above the chest means nothing. And it doesn't take fucking rocket science to figure it out. Aim cannot be accounted for with moving targets like that. If the woman is running along and someone is aiming at her feet, if she suddenly runs down a steep slope or jumps downward somewhere, that gun could then be suddenly aimed and shot at her chest or head. Even _I_ can tell you that. Give women a little credit. They must know that when they signed up.

But the key term is CONSENTING ADULTS. A lot of things repulse me — BDSM repulses me; slash fiction repulses me; people, who get so incensed that they're blind to reason, repulse me. I think a lot of entertainment activities are stupid, beyond the realm of "fun" and not worth the risks, like bunjee jumping and regular paintball.

That does not mean other people shouldn't have the right to do it.


Jul. 14th, 2003 08:33 am (UTC)
I think it's probably ok to allow it, but the "no protective gear" - including headgear - strikes me as a really stupid rule. At a bare minimum they should have goggles on and probably some other stuff as well. Even if they know it'll hurt, serious damage (theoretically death, too) could be done by one of those paintballs (a 200 mph projectile that hits the eye square on is bad, no matter how soft it is, and they aren't that soft) and there are generally laws against things that're that dangerous. I think there should be in this case, too.

Not knowing the ins and outs of paintball, I don't know what a paintball can do. Some tell me they're soft, some tell me they can hurt but it's harmless, some tell me you get welts that stay for days afterwards (probably in a lightly clothed area, like the arm or something). I'm piecing it together with second hand information.

I'm not quite sure why you think regular paintball goes beyond fun

It personal. I just have a thing about guns that shoot real projectiles, safe or not. Both shooting them myself and having them pointed at me. I'm not sure what it is. What's odd is that virtual guns are okay to me — I will play Quake and Unreal with the guys.

But I do have friends who love paintball and I love hearing about their stories when they get back. And I'd never try to have all paintball facilities shut down for promoting violence.

Maybe if you're dumb enough to go out there wearing skimpy clothing, but that's just the individual being stupid, not the "sport" as a whole being bad.

That's exactly what I think of the Bambi Hunt. If you're stupid enough to not demand protection for your eyes, then ... you've got two of 'em.
Jul. 14th, 2003 08:58 am (UTC)
Like I said, I only did it once. I wore the standard protective gear and long sleeves and jeans. I took no lasting damage although I can say that a higher-powered gun fired at close range could potentially hurt quite a bit on unprotected skin, but with a layer or two of clothing over, the pain is minor or non-existant. Welts for days is highly unlikely unless it's unprotected skin and very sensitive skin at that. (From what I recall. I know I got hurt a lot worse fencing than I ever did doing paintball, but I also fenced regularly for a while and only did paintball once, so... ;) )

I have mixed feelings on the Bambi Hunt thing. For one, it really creeps me out that people get off on hunting naked women. Maybe if it's set up as a sting to take potential sex offenders off the streets or something. :P

Normal paintball doesn't bother me at all. I don't like it at all when people point things like Nerf guns at me in day to day life, because I've got no protection and it's just totally inappropriate for the situation and I want to shove it up their ass, but in paintball it's a game and expected and so doesn't bother me at all. In the former situation, though, it's like the guys that give you a "friendly" pound on the shoulder. Whether or not it hurts, what part of "personal space" do they not understand? I don't want my shoulder punched, playfully or for real.

So I can kinda relate, mostly.


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