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Animal Defenders of Westchester
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Maxim Magazine Hunting Article

Maxim is a popular monthly magazine that targets average to upscale 18 - 40 year old men.  This is NOT a hunting magazine and it is available on any newsstand. The following hunting article ran in the June, 2004 issue.  Response is still timely, as it's a monthly. I called the managing editor today in her NY office.

(This is very strong stuff).  

Title:  BUFFALO WINGMEN

(excerpts):

"You've never really hunted until you've held a still-warm buffalo heart and eaten its liver raw."

(under a photo of a man spreading a dead buffalo's hind legs, with a 'humorous' caption BUFFALO PORN):

"He slits her neck, letting the blood flow over the ground. We each grab a leg and stretch out her limbs  while Rideshorse pulls out a 10-inch knife and cuts down the center of her groin.  Splitting the body up the middle, he tugs her insides out like a magic trick and drags the stomach aside."

With a photo of the reporter eviscerating the animal: "He offers us slices of raw buffalo liver - thank God Buffalo is Atkins-friendly!"

SIDEBAR:  Five other beasts you can shoot, skin, and serve at your next BBQ...without leaving the continent!

(They then list species such as polar bear, mountain lion, all with repulsive captions such as: ARCTIC WOLF - Prefer your hunting doggy style?)

Considering (apart from the fact it teaches cruelty to young men) the misogynistic tone of the text, I was shocked to see the magazine has a female managing editor.  She laughed during our conversation, and denied the misogyny, saying the animal was female - though the text begins calling the animal 'it.' She also said it was just reporting - it wasn't; it was extremely slanted.

Letters to the editor:  editors@maximmag.com  appx 100 wds or less.

If you have an extra quarter, call managing editor Laura Silverman at (212) 302-2626 and ask her if this is the best message they can send to young men.


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