Sunday, April 19, 2009

Women at War. WTF?

My dear reader, Robin Hood, raises the issue of women who serve in the armed forces and are treated horribly by their comrades in arms.

The article mentions Chantelle Henneberry, a 17 year-old, who was the lone woman assigned to a platoon of 50-60 men. WTF? Who could possibly think that was a good idea?

All the history I've managed to glean from movies tells me that today's women have more roles in time of war than in wars past. Here are some of them in no particular order. There's always civilian casualty. Victim of looting and pillaging. Rape victim at the hands of marauding troops. Nurse. Spy. Betsy Ross. Prostitute. Rosie the Riveter. Leni Riefenstahl.

Now the brave, hardworking women who serve find their roles more limited. According to 19 year-old Iraq veteran Mickiela Montoya:
There are only three things the guys let you be if you're a girl in the military - a bitch, a ho, or a dyke. You're a bitch if you won't sleep with them. A ho if you've even got one boyfriend. A dyke if they don't like you. So you can't win.
Not a great menu. But consider the context. A nation at war has already legalized murder. How much civility can one expect, having let loose the hounds of war. Can we be surprised if warriors act like a bunch of savages?

Women in uniform deserve better from their comrades and their country. Support the troops, dude.

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