This is what a truly Strong Independent Woman looks like

No sarcasm, no snark, nothing like that this time. This is genuinely impressive:
Not seen: her target, frantically scribbling its last will and testament
BURLINGTON, WA- Jessie Duff, world renowned champion shooter, has set a new record in the world of shooting sports as the first woman to ever earn the title of Grand Master (GM). The United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) designates GM as the highest rating a shooter can achieve. 
In earning this prestigious classification Duff had to maintain an average above 95% in shooting classification courses, a proven challenge in the shooting sports. 2013 was a record-winning year for Duff, which included top wins in USPSA’s Open, Limited and Single Stack National Championships. Duff also took multiple top wins in the Steel Challenge World Championships and earned top titles in the Arkansas Sectional Championships and Steel Challenge National Championships. 
“I am honored to have earned the designation of Grand Master with USPSA” said Duff. “This is something I have been working toward my entire shooting career and I’ve come this far thanks to a lot of hard work and a lot of support,” she added. 
Duff is recognized as one of the most accomplished competition shooters in the world and is setting a new precedent for female shooters across the country. As female participation in shooting sports is on the rise, Duff’s most recent accomplishments and continued success are contributing to an increase in involvement of women in competitive shooting. 
“Jessie is one of the best shooters in the world,” said USPSA Executive Director Kim Williams. “USPSA is proud to announce her historic record as the first woman to ever reach this ranking in Practical Shooting,” added Williams.
Good for her. She competed on the same level as men and proved that she has what it takes to be as good as them. She put in the work, she got the results. That's the way it should be. The one thing that categorically must not happen here is for standards in shooting to be lowered just to suit women or to broaden participation in the sport- and if she advocates for that, then it is perfectly legitimate for her to be roundly criticised for it. Women who really know how to handle guns are actually interesting and pleasant and fun to be around. Personally, I'm thoroughly in favour of women learning how to shoot and how to defend themselves- just as long as they don't then turn around and try to diminish the value of such qualifications for men.

On a more general note, it's important for us Manospherians to remember why we say and write the things that we do. We should never be bitter or angry (beyond a point) about what women are. We can, and should, applaud women for living up to our standards. That is why I can't be bothered watching women's tennis- but I've got no problem watching a woman demonstrate mastery on a pistol course or rifle range.


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