Super Archer

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Historically, archery has been used for hunting and combat. In modern times, it is mainly a competitive sport and recreational activity. A person who participates in archery is typically called an
archer or a bowman. Jennifer was a female bowman... sorry, I mean a female archer. She lived in the "House at the End of the Street."

Submitted: February 24, 2018

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Historically, archery has been used for hunting and combat. In modern times, it is mainly a competitive sport and recreational activity. A person who participates in archery is typically called an archer or a bowman. But what about "bowwoman?" Some men argued it would be a typing mistake. Then "bowoman?" The same men argued the "w" had to belong to the word "bow." But some women disagreed and said it had to belong to the word "woman," accusing men to be sexist. So it was decided the term bowman would be replaced by archer. The same happened with the word "fireman," replaced by "firefighter." This was easier to agree upon as they didn't have to fight over the "w" problem.

Sexism is a problem coming from men, not from women. Men had never to fight over the terms "nurse" or "babysitter." Such words as "nursewoman" or "babywomansitter" never existed. The reason is, in primitive human societies archery and firefighting were activities assumed by men only. Meanwhile, there were male nurses and male babysitters since the beginning. That's because women never prohibited men to be nurses or babysitters. On the other side, men didn't allow women to be archers or firefighters. The truth is, as long as you have the will and ability to perform it really doesn't matter if you are male or female. It took so long to change the terms (bowman to archer, fireman to firefighter...), it shows how hard it is to change social norms. Men in power always tried to maintain the status quo. They lost the fight over archery and firefighting, but they still win it over the "gender pay gap." This is probably the ultimate fight to end with gender inequality. But this will be the hardest to win.

Jennifer was a female bowman... sorry, I mean a female archer. She lived in the "House at the End of the Street." As punishment for a past rebellion she had to take part to "The Hunger Games." Each of the 12 districts of Panem were forced by the Capitol to select two tributes, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18, to fight to the death in the annual Hunger Games. Jennifer tried to persuade the Capitol to change the rules. They didn't accept, they only accepted to change the name, from "The Hunger Games" to "The Hunting Games." Authorities sometimes do it to make people believe something really changed. So don't be fooled by a name change.

But it made no difference, Jennifer won the 74th Hunger Games... sorry, I mean Hunter Games (I just forgot they changed "The Name Of The Game"). She could return home in triumph to District 12 with her male tribute Peeta. Unfortunately, she received the visit of President Snow who accused her to have inspired rebellions through her actions in the Games. Jennifer had to convince people that her actions were out of love for Peeta, not defiance against the Capitol, otherwise her loved ones and the whole District would be destroyed. Later, Peeta announced on-air that he and Jennifer secretly married and were expecting a baby, and the audience of Capitol citizens shouted for the Games to be stopped.

Jennifer became the symbol of the growing rebellion, but ended captive in the Capitol. As any rebellion heroes, she paid a high price. Peeta was captured and District 12, her home, was destroyed by the Capitol. After being rescued from the destroyed arena in the 75th Hunger Games... Hunter Games (sorry again for forgetting the name change), she was taken to District 13, now an underground district isolated from Panem. There, she was introduced to President Alma Coin, the rebel leader. He asked her to become the "Mockingjay," the symbol of the rebellion, but she declined. However, she quickly changed her mind. Indeed, Jennifer reluctantly agreed to become Coin's Mockingjay on the condition that Peeta and the other captured victors would be rescued and pardoned. Coin refused, but Jennifer angrily demanded for them to be pardoned. She finally got what she wanted.

Women usually get what they want from men through insistence and manipulation. As long as men can't handle better these situations and don't maintain their position they deserve to be called the "weaker sex." I guess a smart and strong man is a man who doesn't bend to women's manipulation and will, but treat her well, as an equal. "Mind games" are a game at which women are better than men. "A Beautiful Planet" would be a planet free of "mind games" and "gender pay gap." But antagonism makes it hard for men and women to work and be happy together. It's a concept easy to understand, but so hard to implant on a day to day basis. It seems we have all the tools, but the lack of will and wisdom gets in the way. It's "Like Crazy" to try to understand the contradictions of the human minds. it's like saying: "Joy" is "The Devil You Know," as we always find a way to unhappiness.

How Jennifer began an archer? It all began with a challenge as she was not really good at it at the beginning.

"I had to have running training because I'm not a very good runner. I run weird. The hardest stunt is probably basic running. And trying not to hit myself in the face with my bow, are my two greatest challenges."

Now she runs with grace and elegance, and hit other's people face with her bow. Not with the arrows, with her bow!

"I hate saying, 'I like exercising' – I want to punch people who say that."

She hated it, but she did it anyway. She is a woman of duty. She does what she hates if she has to. That's probably the hardest thing to do. By the way, punching people is an exercise. It's even a sport. It's called boxing.

"If I don't have anything to do all day, I might not even put my pants on."

But she has an advantage over men. She still can put on a skirt or a dress. Men who don't have anything to do just watch the game on TV. Skirt and dress are not an option for men, unless you are a drag queen.

"You look how you look," "Be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That's just dumb."

That's the reason the Capitol changed "The Name Of The Game," from "The Hungry Games" to "The Hunting Games." They realized Jennifer took it personally. They didn't want it to be personal, so they changed the name, but not the rules.

"So, goodnight Jennifer. During the "Garden Party" I asked "Serena" about the "Silver Linings Playbook" inside "The Pocker House." She told me it contained the "Dark Phoenix" "Catching Fire" in "The Burning Plain" during the "Apocalyse." I don't believe it. It's just an "American Hustle."


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