Archery Has Become Cool? Since When Was It Not Cool?
The spotlight’s been turned on archery due to two movies: ‘Hunger Games’ and Pixar’s ‘Brave.’ People are jumping on the archery bandwagon, other people are calling it a “geeky sport.”
When Hunger Games hit the theaters, women around the world rejoiced. And why not? This was the very first succesful major studio film that featured a kickass heroine. There have been other movies in the past where the protagonist was a woman who was portrayed as someone who was as tough and deadly as a male protagonist (anyone remember The Long Kiss Goodnight starring Gena Davis?),great movie, sank like a stone though, if you do get a chance to watch it, do!
Hunger Games on many levels resonated with women: perhaps it was because Katniss embodied both the classic ideal of the self-sacrificing woman and the modern woman who solves problems. I’m not a sociologist, so I can’t tell you all the reasons why women loved Katniss Everdeen, but they did.
Interestingly enough, men and women also fell in love with archery via the movie. Archery of all things! Suddenly I’m seeing news reports on how archery has gone from a “geeky” sport (reporters’ words not mine) to the hottest thing. I’m seeing article after article on how women and men are embracing archery, how the U.S. Olympic Archery Team has become popular and we all are becoming acquainted with bows, arrows, quarrels, fletches and more.
I don’t think this sudden passion for archery will die down soon—Pixar’s Brave just opened at movie theaters nationwide and guess what? We’ve got another gutsy heroine who can hit a bullseye. And of course, people are gonna try to copy and attempt to surpass her prowess with a bow.
Kids at an archery range, growing up with a bow and arrow and more…next!