Women In War

5 05 2008

Because Aunt B. always breaks it down:

In other words, even though we tend to think of the military as a very conservative institution, it has, in many ways, been the catalyst for a lot of progressive change. That, I think, is one reason the fight over gays in the military has been so fierce, because both sides know that, if gay people are allowed to serve openly, it will mean shifting a lot of people’s fundimental attitudes. They won’t have to like serving next to gay people, but they will have to get used to it. And once they’re used to it, many of them are going to find it damn foolish to worry about working and living next to gay people when they get home.

All this brings me to women in combat. The arguments against letting women serve in combat have ranged from the criminally stupid (”Once a month, women are more prone to infections!”) to the old tried-and-true “It’ll ruin unit cohesion” to whatever else folks can think of at any given moment so that a fog of “women can’t/shouldn’t be in combat” shrouds the land and prevents us from looking at the truth:

Women are, right now, in combat zones–civilian women and female troops. There they are. Fighting and dying and living and going about their jobs, just like the men.

Yup. She’s right.




3 responses

5 05 2008

I didn’t used to have a problem with it. Till I worked on a base.

Is There an Army Cover-Up of Rape and Murder of Women Soldiers?

By Ann Wright
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Monday 28 April 2008

The Department of Defense statistics are alarming – one in three women who join the US military will be sexually assaulted or raped by men in the military.

5 05 2008

Nunya, first I’ll say that I’d answer Ann Wright’s question with a resounding “Yes!” There is definitely a cover-up. But I’d love to hear your thoughts on this: Do you think that these disturbing statistics on rape and sexual assault would change if women were officially allowed to engage in combat? Could one factor leading to those awful numbers be the fact that women’s roles (and, thereby, the women themselves) are under- and devalued by the military? Yes, it’s true that women are already fighting in combat zones, that is about the nature of how the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are being fought. If the brave, heroic, difficult work women do in combat were legitimized, do you think that would lead to an increase or decrease in the assaults?

6 05 2008

Further, the solution to sexual assault in the military isn’t preventing women from (officially or otherwise) serving in combat roles. Sexual assault is a distinct issue from women serving in combat.

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