Warning: Some or all of the ideas and thoughts put forward in this post may be offensive to some people because of the nature of the subject talked about (women in the military).
So, NPR broke the news that the ban on women in combat is to be lifted. This means that women, after the ban is lifted, can serve in special ops, and other extremely dangerous and difficult positions in the military. The news comes from “several unnamed senior defense officials” (Associated Press). I heard this on the radio as I was driving back from work today, and my sentiments on this issue are so strong that I wanted to post my opinions on it immediately.
My wife’s ex-husband served in the military, and from what I gather, women get special treatment already in many instances in the military. In boot camp, and in training in general, they don’t have to do some activities, or else are required to only do a portion of some activities because of their period; for instance, when training in sharp shooting, men have to lay still and watch for their target for days at a time, in some cases, while women do not have to, because of health concerns due to their menstruation. They are therefore only required to lay still for a fraction of the time that men do in training, so that their menstruate doesn’t leak out and cause infection.
There are many other instances where women are treated less harshly in training and boot camp; the above is just one example.
Now, with this ban, women can potentially serve as a navy seal, or in special ops. Does this mean that the U.S. military will have to lower the standards for those positions, as they have done in other areas of the military in the past? I would assume so. Women, as a whole, are weaker physically than men, and simply cannot pass the rigorous tests to be able to become a navy seal, or a marine. I’m not saying that there are some women who can, I’m saying that most can’t.
I wouldn’t have a problem with women assuming all the positions in the military if they can pass the extremely high standards that are required for those positions. Chivalry is long dead, and everyone knows it. Not everyone knows why though. Chivalry died because pop culture feminism wanted women to be equal to men in every way. That’s fine, but then these same feminists who are in the driving seat also complain about how chivalry is dead. They don’t see the connection, I suppose. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. You want to be equal to me physically? Fine. Then no more stigmas about men fighting women. If you are a big, strong woman, and you want to fight me, I will oblige, but don’t cry if you get your butt handed to you. You want equal opportunity in the workplace, fine, but stop using your breasts to get ahead of other people who are working hard for the same position you are, and don’t happen to have female attributes to help them. You cannot have your cake and eat it too.
Wanna join the marines or navy seals? Fine, but you have to pass the standards that are in place, not watered down ones because of your menstruation cycle. And once you become a navy seal, be ready for hand-to-hand combat with the enemy, with a possible outcome of you being subdued, tortured, raped, tied to a tree, and used as a human pinata. And American citizens, when this happens and the enemy releases a video of female marines being tortured and raped, don’t gasp in astonishment. Because it’s going to happen.
If you are a woman who wants to be equal to a man, and are capable of passing the standards for being a navy seal, there is no reason why you can’t be one. But don’t ask for special treatment, and know what is ahead of you in the future.