By Marion Algier – Ask Marion
Women in Combat vs. Reality
There is a great article in American Thinker called "Women in Combat: Battling Nature, Battering Reality"
Here’s a quote from the piece:
When I worked with children years ago, one of my students, an 11-year-old boy, guessed that the women’s world record for the mile would be faster than the men’s when a question about the matter was put to him. In the same vein, a respondent to one of my articles mentioned a young man she knew who opined that women and men should compete together in sports. When she informed him that this would eliminate athletic opportunities for women – boys’ American high school records surpass women’s world records – he was surprised that the gap between the sexes was so great. You may be surprised at a knowledge gap so great.
For a few decades now, children have been raised seeing women in combat. Movies and television shows have long featured masculinized female characters who talk, act, and fight like men – except when they’re shown fighting even better and vanquishing men. If a show features a male hero, he almost invariably has to be balanced with a tough(er?) heroine.
Professional wrestling will now occasionally even show women grappling with men (yes, it’s fake, but not to a seven-year-old). Kids also have equality dogma drummed into them; equality this and equality that, and the only departure from it is when they’re exposed to entertainment that makes men appear weak or to specious science indicating female superiority. It is another example of how the left presents the young with a distorted picture of reality.
It’s thus no surprise that people make poor decisions on policy affecting the sexes. We better understand the different roles of horses and dogs because we perceive their characteristic strengths and weaknesses; likewise, how can we understand what roles are suggested by the sexes’ characteristic qualities if we blind ourselves to them?
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Jack Kemp at TPN wrote this comment of anecdotal evidence under the article:
A while ago I took an evening writing course with several NY liberals. One was a woman who had an advanced degree from a well known Ivy League college (not Columbia). In a private conversation, I asked her about the then-new story of the boy who thought he was a girl in the wrong body and his mother who wanted to place him in a Girl Scout troop, complete with overnight camping trips. The national Girl Scouts were in favor of this, but the local Den Mothers dissolved their Girl Scout troop when ordered to admit the XY chromosome "girl." This Ivy League "sophisticate" showed no upset about the idea of allowing this sexually confused boy into a Girl Scout troop. I then asked her if she herself had a daughter. Hitting a raw nerve, she bristled back at me, "No, do you?!" I replied that I didn’t but would want to protect the young girls of the troop (as a general social virtue). The Ivy League "intellectual" looked at me as if I were some type of caveman or hillbilly who wandered into NY on his way to the NASCAR Cafe on 55th Street. This was the "triumph" of feminism – or its self-defeat: a woman who wouldn’t even stand up to protect the modesty of young girls on overnight trips to the woods.
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There is a second fine article written by a lady called Marion DS Dreyfus, called "Girls Just Wanna Have Guns."
In it, Marion points out many skills, including target shooting, that women excel at often better than men, but she also doesn’t advocate women in combat for many obvious reasons, written from her female perspective.
Here is what I wrote to Marion (via the editor) in a (not now) private email:
Marion, after reading your American Thinker article, "Girls Just Wanna Have Guns," I want to give you some background information on Leon Panetta who you correctly claim is a willing pawn or tool of those above him as Panetta made the decision to allow women in combat.
Last May I attended the New York premiere of "The Invisible War," a documentary film about rape in the U.S. military that won the NY Human Rights Film Festival’s 2012 Human Rights Watch Film Festival’s Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking and the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. I attended both premiere screenings and personally talked face to face with one of the main interviewees in the film, rape victim and Naval Academy grad and ex-Marine officer Ariana Klay and her husband, also an ex-Marine officer who also appeared in the film.
That movie was perhaps not as timely a topic as it is today. Ironically, after a private showing last spring, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta immediately changed the Dept. of Defense rules so that complaints of rape now get reported to a level above that of the alleged victim’s immediate commanding officer – and that is included in the film itself, towards the end. The Invisible War can now be bought or rented for instant viewing on Amazon.com. Most of the sexual violence is against lower income, less sophisticated women who don’t know how to fight back via lawfare, powerful friends, etc. Although the filmmakers stated at the premiere that there are many women who served with no problems in the military, the film specifically states that a military investigator (who was, I believe, raped herself) says on camera that in order to make quotas, military recruiters have accepted new male recruits who have stated in writing that they have raped women in civilian life. My original review of The Invisible War was posted at Tim Birdnow’s website and can be read here: http://tbirdnow.mee.nu/the_invisible_war_a_groundbreaking_documenta…
Forum: What Is Your Reaction To The Obama Administration’s Recent Policy Change To Allow Women In Combat ?
Every week on Monday morning , the Council and its invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day. This week’s question:What Is Your Reaction To The Obama Administration’s Recent Policy Change To Allow Women In Combat ?
The Razor: If it’s fine for the Israelis, it’s fine by me. As far as I’m concerned in the battle with militant Islam we are all on the frontlines – men, women, old and young.
GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Combat girls? Reckon all girls should sign up for Selective Service, then…
The Noisy Room:I know that many women will disagree with me, but I think allowing women in combat and on the front lines is a horrific decision on several fronts. First of all, it is instinctual for a man to protect a woman, no matter what they say. If a man sees a woman in distress during combat, he is much more likely to put himself at risk (and the mission) and run to her aid. Physically, women are just not as able to handle the rigors of combat as men are either. War is hell and it is brutal business. It tends to haunt men for the rest of their lives as it did my father, who never spoke of WWII and the Kamikaze attack on his ship. An attack which killed everyone on the deck but my father and many of those deaths were from sheer shock. He suffered nightmares the rest of his life and woke up swinging at remembered enemies. Is it wise to subject the mothers of children to such horrific circumstances? It changes you. These men, many times, come home broken physically and emotionally. It is a sacrifice men have carried for millenia and it is a role that is meant for men to lead in. It is not a matter of sexism, it is a matter of survival. The brotherhood of the special forces shouldn’t be diminished by mixing the genders, exposing the ranks to sexual situations and tensions and feminizing our warriors. Men have always put women first, it is our heritage and we shouldn’t mess with that instinct. Let the guys be the badasses and handle the enemy – hand to hand, up close, with at least a chance of survival.
If a man is captured, he may be tortured and killed. If a woman is captured, especially if it involves Jihadists, her fate will be a thousand times worse. She would not only be raped over and over, but her death would not come quickly. She would be used as bait to kill others. Whereas this ploy does not generally work with male prisoners, it is far more likely to succeed with a female as females strike a deeper chord in our subconscious. This is why females are used as suicide bombers. While Israel’s IDF forces require women to serve three years, one can understand this because they don’t have the breadth and depth of soldiers to draw from. Until 2000, these women served in non-combat roles, but since 2000, as I understand it, they instituted an Equality amendment that provides that women can serve in any position men do. Currently about 3% serve as combat soldiers and the military leadership is having some of the same discussions we are. This does not change my viewpoint of women being on the front lines. (See photos below).
All of this is unnecessary. Women are great in command positions and under stress. They are great as pilots and in other positions. But on the war front, in my opinion, they are an unnecessary distraction from the task at hand. This is a further weakening of our military. It is par for the course for Leon Panetta. It is meant to appease the liberal base for Barack Obama, without an eye to the rigors of combat and the realities of war. Women now truly have an equal opportunity to be drafted and a greater opportunity to die. This is a move guaranteed to get more people killed – but hey, the elites making the rules aren’t on the front lines are they? Not yet any way.
The Glittering Eye:Since the laws capping the number of women and restrictions on rank in the military in the United States were repealed in 1967 and women were allowed in jobs in which combat was likely to be seen starting in the 1990s, women in combat have been a foregone conclusion. The challenges now are in preserving force readiness.
The scholarship on women in combat is ambiguous at best. Some indicates few issues; other scholarship suggests the possibility of extreme problems in morale. I guess we’ll need to learn to deal with them.
I have little doubt that some women will be able to deal with the physical and psychological issues of combat. The challenge will be to avoid the temptation to lower the requirements to allow more women to qualify.
Experience in civilian life with police and fire departments suggest that doing so will be quite difficult.
JoshuaPundit: The example a lot of proponents of this use is the Israeli Defense Forces, where women have been in combat situations for some time. What most people don’t take into account is that Israel’s situation is very different in many ways, and the IDF has some fairly stringent rules on the matter.
Israel has always fought defensive wars on its borders and they have been wars that have been of fairly short duration, not huge overseas deployments that go on for months. And the U.S. has an all volunteer military, not universal conscription.Having troops, reserve and regular in the field for a week or two relatively close to home is far different than the current American military experience. The IDF also has restrictions on where women may serve (Israel’s elite units like the Sayaret, which sometime perform missions behind enemy lines are closed to them). With near universal conscription, the IDF’s rate of female participation is around 34%, about double ours. But only 3% serve in active combat roles, mostly in recon, signals, artillery, field intelligence, and communications, although there are infantry positions open to women. My point here is that the Israelis understand the nature of the enemy they’re dealing with and assign all but a very small fraction of women accordingly.
Also, the culture’s different. Being a small country , a lot of people whom know each other tend to serve together in the same units. Aside from the fact that Israel’s armed forces contain a lot of Jews whose religious beliefs prohibit them from even touching a woman not a family member or a spouse, the fact that men may be serving with a woman who lives in the same neighborhood or whose family they know, along with the short, relatively close to home deployments and the extremely strict IDF regs on the matter tends to minimize harassment and sexual assaults. In the IDF, every unit with women serving in it has its own female officer assigned who women can go to if they have complaints about how they’re being treated.
In comparing this with America’s situation, several questions arise.
Given the political clout of radical feminists in America, are standards going to be relaxed simply to be politically correct? Are promotions going to be given based on gender merely to look good? There are already problems with sexual harassment, pregnancies and rape in the military because of the long foreign deployments, differences in culture, and the simple nature of human beings.Are women in combat going to have access to someone they can easily report harassment or assault to?
At a time when our military is being severely downsized and soldiers and marines with 10 and 15 years service are being pushed into early ‘retirement’ that gives them a reduced pension, does this new position mean that experienced, battle tested male troops are going to be replaced by inexperienced female troops simply because of political correctness?
The way we answer these questions will determine how successful this is. Given whose ultimately in charge of the military and instituting policy today, I’m not optimistic, but hope to be pleasantly surprised.
Bookworm Room: I think it’s a terrible idea, and I say this despite knowing that there are women out there who are incredibly strong and have military accomplishments that are equal to those you’ll find in ordinary infantry troops. I also say this despite knowing that, in various wars, when the enemy came right to the doorstep, the women grabbed their weapons and fought.
The exceptions, however, should not create the rule. On average, women are smaller and weaker than men. The only response the military can have to meet the reality that women are weaker and smaller than man is to lower standards, which puts all front-line troops at risk.
On average, men feel honor bound to protect those who are smaller and weaker, which will severely compromise overall unit safety. Guys will make stupid decisions when they see the “little sister” of the unit in danger — especially if she’s in danger of rape and sexual torture from an enemy that believes all Western women are whores.
Not on average, but every darn time, women pee standing up and, unless they allow the military to sterilize or drug them, they have periods. Another biological reality is that women get pregnant — and they’re a lot more likely to get pregnant in adrenalin-rush situations with lots of equally adrenalinized young men around. And here’s another reality: sexual rivalries will also work to tear apart unit cohesion.
No matter how you look at it, putting women on the front line is a dreadful idea, one that ignores biological imperatives and realities. In another words, it’s an idea that only a Leftist could love.
The Colossus of Rhodey : Never having been in the military, my position is the same as it was when gays in the military was being debated: I’ll defer to those with the actual experience … and NOT the politically correct politicians. As it is currently, I’ve no issue with women serving in combat roles as long as physical (and other) standards are not lowered for them. If any woman can meet the standards required for combat roles, I see no reason why they shouldn’t be able to serve in such a role.
The Independent Sentinel: Well they wanted equality and they got it.
From the male perspective, I don’t like it. Two of my sons are former marines and they both said the physical for women is about half what it is for men. That does not equate for me. They either do what the men can do or they are out.
Ask Marion: I pretty much agree with the comments above… overall a bad idea! And in addition to the general obstacles, considering the fact that our major recent wars have been in the Middle East in primarily Muslim countries where the respect for women is minimal and the treatment of women is generally despicable, the problems created due to a lack respect for women, let alone women soldiers on the front lines and even worse if captured, is multiplied. And if women do volunteer or are considered for combat roles they must meet the same and equal standards and requirement as the men and receive NO special treatment in any situation… no exceptions, or they put themselves, their fellow soldiers, and all of America in harms way.
Well, there you have it.
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Israel and the IDF…
And the beautiful and highly skilled women of Israel and Israel’s IDF also know how to relax, but not
without their weapons
Do you wonder why they don’t have mass shootings in Israel? Could it be because everyone is carrying?
Yet around 70% of the Jews in the U.S., and most of them in the entertainment industry, are liberal progressives that are anti-gun. Makes no sense!!