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  • January 29, 2010

    Why I Hate the Booth Babe Story, a Guest Editorial by Holly A. Heyser

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    Editor’s Note: As part of our annual coverage from the SHOT show, the outdoor industry’s biggest convention, we always run a photo gallery of “Booth Babes,” those voluptuous women companies employ to get men to stop and take a closer look at their goods.  We always get a good chuckle out of this practice when we’re at the show (and we freely admit that sometimes we do stop to admire the view), so we started this gallery so readers could share in the fun. It’s become very popular, but it’s not without its critics. There are many smart and valid criticisms in the comments section of the gallery, but we thought they deserved a larger platform. After coming across a particularly compelling argument on the blog, we asked the author, Holly A. Heyser, a female hunter and writer from Northern California, to start the discussion here.

    I’ve got to start this by saying I’m not a prude, and I don’t hate men because they love looking at bodacious babes. I’ve even started watching “Manswers” on Spike with my boyfriend because, seriously, it’s pretty over-the-top funny.
    But I had a real problem with F&S posting its 2010 SHOT Show Booth Babe Roundup on this website Wednesday.