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Reply #15 - Oct 18th, 2012 at 4:18pm
 
Yeah, it's not in the Bible.  Roll Eyes
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Reply #16 - Oct 18th, 2012 at 4:22pm
 
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Yeah, it's not in the Bible.  Roll Eyes



lol, no. I read proverbs a lot when I was younger, still do. There's a lot of lessons to learn.
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"Like tying a stone to a sling is the giving of honor to a fool" Proverbs 26:8
 
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Reply #17 - Nov 22nd, 2012 at 11:27am
 
On average women are too smart to engage in combat. In some cases they might encourage their husbands to go off to war ("Maybe that lazy, abusive, beer-swilling bum will get killed and the next guy will be a better bargain").
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When all is said and done more will have been said than done.
 
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Reply #18 - Nov 22nd, 2012 at 1:00pm
 
HurlinThom wrote on Nov 22nd, 2012 at 11:27am:
On average women are too smart to engage in combat. In some cases they might encourage their husbands to go off to war ("Maybe that lazy, abusive, beer-swilling bum will get killed and the next guy will be a better bargain").


On average, stereotypes are offensive, and don't have the positive correlation to reality they are often supposed to possess.
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Reply #19 - Nov 22nd, 2012 at 2:18pm
 
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HurlinThom wrote on Nov 22nd, 2012 at 11:27am:
On average women are too smart to engage in combat. In some cases they might encourage their husbands to go off to war ("Maybe that lazy, abusive, beer-swilling bum will get killed and the next guy will be a better bargain").


On average, stereotypes are offensive, and don't have the positive correlation to reality they are often supposed to possess.

Truth and wisdom there.  But they're often funny!
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Reply #20 - Nov 22nd, 2012 at 2:31pm
 
and the battle of the sexes rages on...
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Reply #21 - Nov 22nd, 2012 at 6:27pm
 
I admit I lol'ed when I read Dan's statement... more in anticipation of the roasting he was about to get as opposed to it being terribly original.  That being said, no roasting. Slinging.org, you have once again ever so slightly restored my faith in humanity. 

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Ya I'm crazy. Crazy like a fox!...ish.
 
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Reply #22 - Nov 22nd, 2012 at 7:39pm
 
I thought it was really funny, sometimes this forum can be too serious anyway just lightening things up a bit.  Smiley

And just so yall know, I think women slingers- in whatever time period- are awesome. Nuff said.

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"Like tying a stone to a sling is the giving of honor to a fool" Proverbs 26:8
 
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Reply #23 - Nov 22nd, 2012 at 8:14pm
 
Just heard it too many times I guess.  Spent too much time perusing youtube I guess.  Grin 

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Reply #24 - May 31st, 2013 at 2:00am
 
Regarding female slingers, the issue of female shepherds=female slingers is an important point but I have one to add as well as well as a few questions to pose.

I do recall there are Polynesian Cultures featuring Coconut fiber woven armor often decorated with sharks teeth wherein the men charge into battle for close range while women of their tribe give ranged support with slung stones. Notable in the design of such armor is the large headboard extending from the body armor to protect the back of the neck and head of men in melee from miss fired stones from the women behind.

Another is that Plato has been quoted as recommending slings for both genders as a form of productive exercise. Which brings me to my next issue... while great as exercise it also allows people otherwise not militarily inclined or equipped to contribute to the defense of one's home... including women. So they could do it... but do we have any accounts of women contributing to defense in this fashion?

Another example/question is iron age hill forts and the celtic societies therein. Considering that the sling was such a ubiquitous weapon in those cultures... as well as cheap, easy to carry, and so forth... I do know that children grew up with these weapons... and that they allowed such youngsters to productively contribute to their societies at low cost (say compared to giving them all bows) in terms of hunting small game and defending their fortified villages. In particular being included in the defense by standing on elevated positions, perhaps behind walls or ramparts launching stone or clay ammo into the enemy. Which begs the question... did females do this too? Were slings a toy and tool employed by girls as well as boys in celtic cultures (or which ones)?
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Reply #25 - Nov 9th, 2020 at 2:22am
 
I don't see why not, some Polynesian women were renowned front line warriors in their own right. One in particular was unbeatable.

But in later battles since men controlled the firearms mostly they did support kind of stuff and if courage faltered in the men they gave them the bash and sent them back towards the enemy. But they'd be right there at or just behind the front and do whatever they could.

Men can maybe run and survive but defeat would see the women and kids burnt alive if they're lucky, so defeat wasn't an option for them.
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Reply #26 - Nov 10th, 2020 at 11:55am
 
There was a city in late antiquity, the men have left for military service. When an enemy army arrived, the women and kids defended the city with slings. This was north Greece I think.
Actually I do not remember the exact reference though. If someone has heard of it also and remembers the reference, this would be great. Wink
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