Thursday, January 22, 2009

Babes and Bikinis

There's been alot of debates around the blogosphere lately about the SHOT show girls and the booth babes and whatever else the outdoor marketers come up with to include hot girls in skimpy outfits. First of all, I just want to say that the whole debate, from my perspective, is hilarious. Chad Love over at Field and Stream calls it "cheap and tacky." And most women feel the same way. But, since we know the marketers are still employing these ladies, the majority of men don't feel the same way.

The hilarious part to me is that most men, while they love to look, and ogle, and even fantasize about these women, they really don't care. While it may cause most men to stop and look at the, ummm.. products.. a little longer (which is what the marketers are going for) chances are the wanna-be-barbies are flapping their botoxed lips and all the guy is hearing is "blah, blah, blah... look at this rack!... blah blah blah..."

And, while most of the girls are purported to enjoy a hunting or fishing lifestyle, I can almost guarantee that most hold to a vegan or vegetarian (or whatever the correct term is) diet, if they even eat at all. I'd love to see one of those hot mamas pull a 50# draw weight on a bow. I'd love to see them say something besides "oooo... look at the pretty deer... ooo... that one has pretty little horns." I'd love to see them without make-up... Ok, maybe not, because I'm guessing that's just plain scary. I'm also gonna bet that the botoxed flappers eventually start to sound like an obnoxious mosquito with a high-pitched buzzing sound that you just can't get away from.

Ok, that was kinda harsh. Maybe. Truth is, I really don't know. I've never been to a SHOT show and I've never met one of these beauties in person. But, from a girls perspective, I can only imagine the maintenance it takes to stay looking that beautiful. In fact, between my husband and I, I would be the one looking at the girls thinking... I wonder how many lunges she does to get legs like that? Or.. Ooooo.. Look.. that one needs to do a few more crunches!

So, basically, all of my rambling comes down to the simple fact that I don't care one way or another. I would definitely appreciate them not being in the outdoor world because then I wouldn't feel so inadequate physically. But, I also know that I've done and can do more in the outdoors, that I can do it independently, and I bet my husband thinks I look more beautiful with my camo overalls covered in blood and fur. In the meantime, all the calendars and photos just give me something more to laugh at, while, hopefully, these stuffed and implanted gals can sell more outdoor products and keep the sports of hunting and fishing alive. What's your take on it all? Like 'em? Hate 'em? Or don't care?

11 comments:

Rex said...

hmmmmmmm, are you saying that those girls actually hunt? never occured to me. Guess I better mosey on over to the SHOT show to ahh.. discuss hunting strategies with the babes, err.. ladies.

Deer Passion said...

I think the marketers try to give that impression.. We know where you stand now tho... :)

The Hunter's Wife said...

This actually was a touchy subject for me yesterday. I've never been to the show so I can only base my opinion on what I've read and seen.

I recently saw a video of these girls that portrayed them to look uneducated when it came to the outdoors. I also read all of the very disturbing, disgusting comments. The blog post, video and comments have since been deleted.

While it is possible that a majority of the girls haven't got a clue what hunting or fishing is about - does it matter? Sex sells whether we like it or not. Some of these girls may be college students trying to pay their way through college. I've had friends in similar situations.

What I find amusing is these girls are getting paid to help promote a product and draw men to their booth. If these guys are drawn to booths because of babes with boobs and they spend $500 who's the dumb one?

I think I might write a post about this next week...I guess I have lots to say. :)

Deer Passion said...

Jody, I understand everything of what you've said.. It's definitely a mutli-faceted issue, I wasn't sure how to address it all but I definitely wanted to just address the issue.. Can't wait to see what you have to say..

Rick Kratzke said...

I have been married for 23 years and I have to say the only thing in that picture above that stands out to me and get's my attention are the antlers.

Cross my heart and hope to !@#............

SimplyOutdoors said...

They're nice to look at for a few seconds, and then it will all wear off.

Plus, I'm sure they are way too high maintenance to hang out at deer camp. I'd take my wife, and girls likes you - who can hang at deer camp - before any of them high maintenance girls anyday.

I'm sure your husband feels the same way.

Blessed said...

I don't know that I've ever looked that good in a bikini... but hubby still picked me anyway and I can hold my own at deer camp or in the duck blind and that is what matters!

You put an attractive woman with some curves in a bikini and any guy will look - it's like Jody said, sex sells. But, I think that if your product isn't good enough to get people to buy it without the sexy women in the bikinis then maybe you should do some more work on it. I know my hubby would look (even if he denied it...) but he wouldn't buy without checking out the specs and doing some research and at the end of the day he's happy to come home to me - that's what matters.

Terry Scoville said...

Well it doesn't do our image of women hunters any favors. Let alone women period! I find it derogatory and degrading, both as a woman and an accomplished huntress. Considering the growing numbers of women participating in the shooting sports I am still a bit surprised at the old school, good old boy mentality of marketing.

GUYK said...

Back in the days when I hunted both deer and dears I would never think about hunting both in the same place...nor at the same time.

Kenny Breckenridge said...

First off, if you seen one you have seen them all, whats the big deal? If a company has to use this strategy to sell their products then they should come up with some new products. I must say that it gets your attention but most hunters and fishermen are after the products not the product show girls. I find it to be degrading to women and I think they have a right to complain! I know I would. What does a big rack and a bikini have to do with hunting and fishing anyways?

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