Empowered cannon fodder?
This is actually quite interesting: “The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), representing four military women and the activist Servicewomen’s Action Network (SWAN), has filed a San Francisco lawsuit demanding that female soldiers be forced into direct ground combat (infantry) battalions.” This despite “numerous studies and tests conducted over the past 30 years, in the direct ground combat environment” showing “women do not have an equal opportunity to survive, or to help fellow soldiers survive.”
So. What takes precedence in the military? Civil rights law? Or the protection of our forces and the best chances to achieve the military objective.
Personally, I believe that any woman who can pass the same preparedness tests as their male counterparts should be eligible for combat. And those who cannot should not.
– Which is one of the things that has always fascinated me about these kinds of activist-feminist gambits: the demand is always for equal inclusion as a civil right, and yet it is usually coupled with suggestions that special consideration (namely, a lowering of the standards for combat readiness among women soldiers) is required to level the playing field. Meaning, women soldiers are being discriminated against if they aren’t allowed special dispensation to artificially bring them in line with their male counterparts. Or, to put it another way, equality must be made to exist, no matter how the deck is stacked to get it there.
I’m curious to see how this turns out.