Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Why Women Don't Belong In Combat"

The answer, according to Suzanne Fortin of ALL CAPS infamy, is apparently hidden in a handful of menstruation jokes.

That kind of approach to social issues might (at least partially) explain why the Napean-Carlton 2007provincial election turned out the way it did for certain candidates.


deBeauxOs said...

Ha! One of the funniest bumper stickers I've ever seen is the following:

WAR is menstruation envy.

You know - all that abundant, collateral and occasionally, purposeful bloodshed - it seems men hate us for having the freedom to do that. Once a month. Whether we like it or not.

The Mound of Sound said...

I consider myself progressive and yet I have strong reservations about women in combat roles. This has nothing to do with their abilities or their overall suitability for combat. It has everything to do with the fate that can befall women if taken prisoner. That's a multi-faceted problem, one that is almost never addressed.

deBeauxOs said...

How is the torture inflicted upon women worse than that to which male prisoners are also subjected?

And before you answer that, please remember there are women in Canada today who suffer physical and mental abuse in domestic relationships, situations they are "free" to leave yet fear the consequences - death.

The Mound of Sound said...

I don't see the nexus between spousal abuse and women in combat. That seems a bit of a stretch.

What concerns me is the danger of sexual abuse of a female prisoner. Some of the types we can expect to meet in combat have little respect for their own women.

Bear in mind that there are combat trades that have minimal risk of capture. It's why we have women flying F-18s or in charge of combat operations aboard ships.

I just would prefer not to see women exposed to the sort of risks entailed by infantry service.

deBeauxOs said...

The point that I was making is that men who enjoy torturing women are not only found on the other side of an armed conflict.

Sometimes those men are back home and guess what? they're not limited to groups that you hold prejudices against - some are christians who use the bible to justify their pathologies.

deBeauxOs said...

And I would prefer not to see women or men exposed to the sort of risks entailed by infantry service.

For many girls and young women who have grown up in hostile conditions, whether domestic or social (think street gangs who run neighbourhoods) joining the armed forces, completing boot camp and excelling in their chosen specialties validates their life experiences and their survival skills. In addition, they have access to education and training which might otherwise not be accessible to them.

Not all candidates for combat positions are already psychologically armed for the worst capture scenario you could imagine, MoS. But for some women, that is their reality.

Anonymous said...

ZOMFG, she ran for office??? Isn't that against her religious-rightard family principles?

Oh yeah. I forgot. IOKIYARWNJ.

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