Tag: Woman in Combat
I wrote my first post on women in combat back in November of 2011. I had no website then, so it wasn’t published until this past March.
Why did I write the piece?
I’ve served alongside female Soldiers for the past twenty years. My first exposure to blatant sexism in the military was when I was assigned to the 82d Military Police Company as a First Lieutenant. The direct support platoons of that company (those platoons that directly support Infantry Brigades) had just been gender-integrated. This was 1999, mind you. About two years later a female officer was finally placed into that unit. So, yes, believe it or not, thirteen short years ago we acknowledged that a woman could serve in a Military Police unit.
What I always found insulting as a young officer was when the Army made Soldiers attend … Read More »
In my first post on the women in combat subject Women Shouldn’t Be in Combat Units!, I received an outpouring of “hate” mail and tweets. As I sorted through them, I attempted to understand why folks believe women shouldn’t be in combat. I am honestly interested in everyone’s thoughts.
I put together a list of reasons provided to me and followed up with a second post, Reasons Why Women Shouldn’t Be in Combat Units. Very quickly I received another volley of reasons why I was wrong about this—why women REALLY should not be in combat units.
I’m good with admitting I’m wrong when I am, but you have yet to convince me on this subject. So let’s take a look at what else folks have told me is their reasoning is for excluding women in combat units.
“I don’t want … Read More »
Note: This post is a follow up to my post “Women Shouldn’t be in Combat Units.” You might want to read that before reading this post.
“A woman’s motherly instincts won’t allow them to kill.”
“A woman’s place is in the home taking care of the kids.”
Oh, wow, you should see all the hate messages and tweets I received on my post about women in combat units. Of course I respect everyone’s opinion. The ability to voice one’s opinion is one of the many wonderful freedoms we have in our nation. Above are just a couple of the comments I received in response to my post and I’m going to take them seriously in this post. But first I’m going to have a little fun with them.
I’m going to reflect on the classic Saturday Night Live skit … Read More »