Why we Need Women in the Military

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U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing listen to a brief as they begin training as part of the Lioness Team on Camp Korean Village, Iraq, July 31, 2006. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jennifer L. Jones) (Released)

Throughout history, societies have excluded women from the military, relegating them to insignificant roles like taking care of families and raising children, while men have enjoyed the fame and glory of fighting for their country. Even today, the military remains overwhelmingly male, and women are systematically discriminated against in all roles within the marines, air force and navy. How can we continue to bestow roles of military heroism exclusively to men, while denying women the honor and respect that comes with military service?

Discrimination against women is so ingrained in the military, that the US Navy Seals openly excluded women until only this year! To this day, the military refuses to relax its requirements to give women a chance to qualify. Assessments still overemphasize physical fitness, sleep deprivation and working under pressure. And although gender is a social construct, our sexist society exclusively promotes these skills in men, making it difficult for women to pass. Military assessments need to focus more on skills that accrue to women, like emotional IQ, empathy and peacekeeping. War is not always about conflict – a lot of the time, battles are won through negotiation and reasoning, which women excel at. The overemphasis on aggression and weapons only makes it easier for men to qualify, and serves to further gender inequality.

The military is also notoriously transphobic, and still has one of the lowest trans populations of any sector of society. Facilities are provided only for men and women, and trans people are forced to pick a binary gender in order to fit in. There is also rampant racism in special forces teams like the Navy Seals, which are still overwhelmingly white.

We cannot call ourselves a truly equal society, while continuing to honor only men with medals and statues for their military heroism. Military heroes enjoy some of the highest moral status in our society, and women feel hurt and excluded that they cannot enjoy similar roles of moral significance. We simply have to bring our military into the 21st century, and make it truly inclusive. Doing so will not only make our society fairer – it will also improve our effectiveness overseas, by allowing us to utilize the wisdom, intellect and fortitude of women in our many military engagements.

Matt
Matt

Hahahhahahha

MillionDollarBonus_

Care to share what you find so funny about this article?

trav777

He’s a privileged white male who has historically gotten to do all the suffering and dying during the glorious wars.

Hollywood movies and television have shown us CONCLUSIVELY that womyn are not only equal to men at everything (including physical combat) but are BETTER than men. No womyn on TV EVER loses a fight to a man! It doesn’t happen.

Now if that weren’t how reality was, why would Hollywood be running that meme nonstop? GI Jane proved that womyn can cut it in the Navy Seals! It’s CURRENT YEAR, ok? Wowjustwow I can’t even.

EVERY SINGLE GENERAL who ever lost a battle was quoted as saying, “god dammit, if I’d just had more womyn and trans in my infantry, I would have won!” In fact, George Armstrong Custer said that at Little Bighorn! Leonidas said it at Thermopylae. Womyn have been known as the stronger, tougher, more physical sex since time immemorial but have been held down and oppressed by men! The only reason womyn didn’t rise up and beat the hell out of the weaker men who were holding them down by force was because womyn are nicer and don’t like conflict.

Womyn, despite being smarter, stronger, tougher, faster, and more capable at everything are ALSO at the same time totally in need of 24×7 protection from men and protection BY men. Because they are to be “revered and championed.” Defended from pussy grabbing misogynists like Trump and his ilk.

Not only should the military have more womyn and trans, but also the disabled. Look, it’s CURRENT YEAR…we have accommodations for the disabled for every other job, why are we denying them the chance to serve in the armed forces? They just want to serve their country, ffs, why are we stopping them? Ramps can be built on the battlefield to provide wheelchair access. Weapons can be redesigned so that people with reduced limb function can operate them. There is no need for strength and carrying of heavy things, it is current year and we have machines for that.

Our media shows us constant footage of planes dropping bombs and drones…why are we sticking to this outmoded war model? Other countries like Sweden have truly inclusive militaries. We should too.

I get so triggered by this.

drb6
drb6

Fantastic points, Trav! I think Navy Seals should have a quota for disabled people and women, at least 50% of each!

divingengineer
divingengineer

That’s a start Drb6, but is it really going far enough?
I think an all womyn battalion….no….division is in order.
They should be required, ahem….Allowed, to blaze a glorious path into battle for the cis-male glory hounds to follow.
I think only then will they be equal.
In fact, maybe Africom should be a trial balloon for an all female theatre of combat.
Oh, I could go on….but I digress.

MillionDollarBonus_

Excellent points Trav. Our sexist society has created the false perception that womyn are less physically able than men, but this is only a consequence of the gender roles we give them. Gender is a social construct – there are no biological differences between men and womyn. Not even genitals distinguish men from womyn, as anyone can identify as either gender. Many of the supposedly strong ‘males’ you see in the military, may actually identify as womyn.

Gender is also non-binary – there is a whole continuum of genders between men and womyn, which have been ignored for too long by our disgustingly bigoted society.

Ms. Skrelly Dolezal
Ms. Skrelly Dolezal

Wow literally a truly compelling proverbial coup de gras of a post. At first blush, I must admit, wheelchair ramps on battlefields strikes me as perhaps somewhat reckless and foolhardy – BUT – if we remember things like ‘slippery slope modality fallacy’ and ‘blind equality war force modifier theory’ these fleeting notions of a sort of common sense terror are quickly nullified.

drb6
drb6

I would put “common sense” in quotes, otherwise someone might think that you are being sarcastic.

tTS
tTS

Emotional IQ.. Yea, that really helps in following orders. The truth of the matter is the women in the military cuts down on STDs. (was married to a 5 year military ‘wonder’.. cheatin b!t@h).

MillionDollarBonus_

Maybe she cheated on you because you’re a mysoginistic pig who doesn’t understand emotional IQ.

trav777

If he cheated, it would be because of the same reason.

Black Lives Matter

Deplorable. Absolutely deplorable.

jfb

Excellent article. The problem does not exist only regarding the training and the soldiers, but also regarding the design of weaponry. They are making an effort by sacrifying some aspects like robustness and efficiency of the equipment to privilege the cost, neverthless when they design new warplanes too little emphasis is put on alpha male criteria like speed instead of aesthetic.

MillionDollarBonus_

Yes, and the sizes of weapons and military clothing still cater to men. They need to make weapons and other military equipment lighter and easier for women to handle.

jfb

It could be an ambitious project, but one aspect that make a military career less attractive for women is probably the binary logic used by the computers onboard, to detect a target or identify an object, with all those leds green/light there is no alternative choice. Maybe if a computer would hint about a potential threat with more subtle sentences to decrypt or a graduation of colors for the leds the excess of alpha males would feel unconfortable and quit the military

MillionDollarBonus_

Yes – the world is not black and white, and women understand that truth is subjective and everyone has their own ‘truth’ based on their feelings and emotional state. This kind of thinking could really benefit our troops by allowing them to see things that they are currently blind to.

nonnyabizness
nonnyabizness

oh boy.. you really think you ‘know’ stuff, don’t you. What are ‘they’ currently blind to?? This is fun because I know multiple female veterans… and they, would laugh you out of the room. Keep thinking you are smart while the world falls apart around you, clown.

MillionDollarBonus_

I didn’t say I know more than military experts, but it’s a proven FACT that truth is relative, and that womyn are better at seeing hidden truths that black-and-white-thinking men cannot see.

drb6
drb6

Womyn are better than men. Period. If you think otherwise, you are sexist, Neanderthal pig.

trav777

It is well-known now that computers are racist.

If they weren’t then why would traffic enforcement computers so much more frequently catch black lives?

If they weren’t why would black lives have so much lower average FICO scores?

Why would shotspotter microphone arrays indicate that “communities” populated by black lives were where the overwhelming majority (almost all) of the shootings in major cities were occurring?

We need to reprogram computers to be more inclusive and respect people’s feelings.

ThisIsMadness
ThisIsMadness

A penis are more aerodynamic than a vagina. So, speed it is! Do some push ups MDB. It will help your latte’s be a little lighter in the morning.

Ms. Skrelly Dolezal
Ms. Skrelly Dolezal

patently false. see labial aerflow theory, the venturi-genital paradox, etc, et al. Guess who put dimples on an otherwise perfectly round golfball? BINGO, a fucking white male.

stary kozel
stary kozel

“I cannot carry that dying male pig; my vagina got inverted!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Trans-specieism here?

nonnyabizness
nonnyabizness

And maybe we need to re-design everything to better fit women? Jackhammers, large trucks, wrenches, TV remotes, and kleenex tissues of course… since you’re always crying about something. Make them things more absorbent for when these ideas get laughed at. milliondollarbaby… you are a real winner. You should have grown up in Israel, then you could have your day in the hot sun playing army, without a choice.

MillionDollarBonus_

Why not? Are you against womyn using these things? You really need to check your male privilege.

trav777

jackhammers are a perfect example…everyone who has ever operated one knows exactly how much fun, rewarding and fulfilling operating such a device is.

Why aren’t womyn on these construction crews? OPPRESSION! It’s not because womyn aren’t physically capable in any way, shape, or form to do this type of work, nor that operating a jackhammer is one of the least appealing and most physically stressful jobs that you can do, bar none, and womyn are averse to anything physically difficult.

It’s mfing OPPRESSION and white privilege patriarchy holding them down. Same reason you don’t see a womyn up in the bucket operating on a power line

drb6
drb6

Lack of womyn on jackhammer teams, garbage trucks etc is simply because male co-workers are sexist, backward pigs. After males are correctly re-educated, I believe womyn will be able to break through the glass ceiling of trash collection.

ipso_facto
ipso_facto

‘Assessments still overemphasize physical fitness, sleep deprivation and working under pressure.’

There are no ‘safe zones’ in combat. The weak die and cause their male soldiers to die too.

Black Lives Matter

Were you born a sexist pig or did you become one by supporting Trump?

dan
dan

I agree .

In fact , I think that ONLY women should be in the military , allowing them ALL the glory they so justly deserve .

Black Lives Matter

We should just get rid of the military. We need to solve our problems with BOOKS not BOMBS.

MillionDollarBonus_

Yes, you’re probably right. But I think we need it for now in order to bring peace and democracy to the Middle East. Once our mission is accomplished there, we can look at phasing it out and using that money to fund reparations and a living wage instead.

trav777

huh? You clearly are out of step with Hillary. The mission does not end in the Middle East, cretin. War with Russia must be next. They are not trans-friendly and must be forced to accept peace and tolerance by whatever vicious means are necessary, including nuclear Armageddon.

There is no phasing out of the military- I have questioned you on this before and I must do it again: are you anti-Semitic? Only an anti-Semite would say something like that when our BFFFFFFFs in Israel Israel Israel need our military to protect our greatest ally in history.

Without our military, humanitarian causes would wilt and die and the Russians will invade the world. Without our constant war, there will be no peace. Comrade, I hope you merely misspoke due to lack of sleep. Your call to end the military is very disconcerting.

drb6
drb6

We disagree on this one, Trav. Are you an anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian with your support of Israel? You must check your privilege here.

MillionDollarBonus_

Well I don’t particularly like the military – I find it all too white and conservative, and quite scary. But you’re right – we do have a responsibility to support our allies Israel and Saudi Arabia. And we also have the pressing threat of Russian aggression. So yes, I regretfully admit that we do need a military of some sort. But it should at least be made fair and equal.

Wombats
Wombats

Maybe outlaw white males altogether too while your’re at it. Then the world would be a giant safe place for everybody and you’d have all the $ you could ever possibly need for implementing social justice for the oppressed minorities.

jfb

I think that Hilary had a brilliant idea regarding the 5 million ‘national service reserve’, because their mission could be changed gradually to include the pacification of Russia, Iran, Syria and Yemen. If new taxes are raised and we combine this with all the relevant suggestions above this could improve the image of the United States as a peace broker and then it will be possible to eliminate military spendings after

Black Lives Matter

Maybe we could throw Korans at Assad’s Shiite blasphemers until they convert to Sunni Islam?

drb6
drb6

Most books are also sexist, backwards, and racist. We should solve all our problems with pink iphones and ipads, where all sexist/racist themes are filtered out by Homeland Security programs.

drb6
drb6

Another home run, MDB! And this comes after your yesterday’s success. One suggestion – given the enormous amount of racists and sexists (e.i. Trump supporters) in comments, would it be wise to advertise your website at websites such as Salon and Huffpost, so that our difficult battle against prejudices would be joined by other progressives? Also, it appears that white privilege has participated in coding the comment section, where answers are often unreadable.

MillionDollarBonus_

Yes, that’s a great idea! I’m still recovering from yesterday’s assault on this site by those horrible, bigoted right-wingers from sites like Zero Hedge. With the help of other progressives, our job of educating these conservatives would be a lot easier. Unfortunately I don’t control the code – it’s written by wordpress.com which is probably run by privileged white males. I’ll see what I can do though.

MillionDollarBonus_

I’ve limited the number of indented comments to 5. That should make them more readable.

Wombats
Wombats

You need to limit the number of white males on the site too. Then readers would have a chance to truly benefit from enlightenment.

Karen
Karen

Is this article meant to be sarcastic? It is hard to tell if the author truly believes the military relaxing its requirements to give women a chance to qualify is what a combat team needs. The different groups fighting in the Middle East would find great comfort in a less combat ready Seal Team, equipped with high emotional IQ.
Let us send the high school cheerleaders and pep squad to Aleppo and see how the pep squad’s superior empathy, peacekeeping, negotiation and reasoning, works out.

MillionDollarBonus_

It would probably work out extremely well. Womyn are more intelligent and more mature than men. They also excel at traditionally male dominated disciplines when given a chance – but sexist pigs like you insist on holding them back. we are bringing peace and emocracy to the Middle East after all – this requires empathy and understanding.

Black Lives Matter

What is Aleppo?

Wombats
Wombats

It’s a overpriced dog food brand.

Black Lives Matter

I don’t see why we should send cheerleaders and pep squads to buy dog food — am I missing something here?

drb6
drb6

Why not, if it is all-natural vegan dog food?

Black Lives Matter

You’re right. But it would have to be organic vegan dog food.

drb6
drb6

Please do not forget “differently-able” people who also should be given a chance to join Seal Teams. As I see, US Army is violating the Disability Rights Act with their exclusive hiring procedures.

Black Lives Matter

Ableism and sizeism are two of the most silent epidemics in America, aside from racism and Islamophobia. No one ever talks about racism and Islamophobia either.

Wombats
Wombats

Both Ableism, sizeism along with racisism and sexism would be improved greatly if they strictly limit the number of whites allowed in the military, especial white males who are the root of the problems.

Black Lives Matter

You’re absolutely right. Conservatives call quotas racist. I call conservatives racist.

drb6
drb6

As progressives, we agree that all work-places, including Army, should adequately represent the general population of America. For example, if America is 50% womyn, then AT LEAST 50% of Army, Navy, or garbage trucking personnel should be womyn. This leads me to a an idea how we could combat sizeism. A given work place should have the AVERAGE WEIGHT of its employee be same or higher than the weight of an average American (about 500lbs). The first work-places that should come under the new MASS EQUALITY ACT should be US Military and Victoria Secret.

Black Lives Matter

Victoria Secret has NO IDEA what they do to the body image of young cis- and trans-girls. They obviously don’t care that they promote ANOREXIA and BULIMIA, both of which PLAGUE the nation. Look around at Americans! All you see are starving womyn ordering salads with dressing on the side — or no dressing at all!

The military does the same for cis- and trans-males, promoting a bullying “GI Joe” mentality. Why not make a GI Joe figure who wears a hijab, niqab, or a burkini, or who carries a few hundred extra pounds? Corporate America is DEPLORABLE.

MillionDollarBonus_

I agree. Corporate advertising is one of the most insidious forms of propaganda in America, brainwashing children 24/7. That’s why we need to send them to school, where they can be taught to reject these harmful messages.

Guilotine
Guilotine

Schools need to be safe place free from all white ideas. No white military. No white corporation. No white politician. No white cops. PERIOD!

Ted Alexander
Ted Alexander

If the US military is the greatest global force for good, and allowing women into the military would make it more balanced, this decision would equalize the US military with other (less extreme) militaries and thus war would be more fair. I now see how this decision both embodies and embiggens global socialism.

Only a racist could be against this.

Sgt Grabber
Sgt Grabber

I dont know but Ive been told, grabbin” pussy is mighty cold

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