Bill Murchison

Male or female, those of us who've been around for a while can recall clearly the objectives of the feminist movement as it geared up in the early 1970s. Workplace fairness was the goal.

A lot of manufactured indignation attended the feminist rising; e. g, who says we have to wear bras? Basically, nonetheless, what the rebels said they wanted was opportunity too long denied them by chauvinistic males. Opportunity they received from government, and in a larger sense, from the hand of a culture they prodded or embarrassed into agreement with most of what they said. Jobs opened up; power, avenues to self-determination, rights galore, culminating the other day in what I guess we might call the right to be blown to smithereens or take a burst of machine gun slugs in the abdomen.

The craziness of our present age is well recognized. The craziness of the new Pentagon policy opening combat duty to women is yet to be appreciated, least of all by the alleged beneficiaries.

Ambiguities peek through the text that lays out the new policy. As the Wall Street Journal reported, "Officials are divided about whether women will ultimately serve as infantry troops or in elite special operations units. Some military officials, citing the difficulty of completing infantry training courses, believe that most women would be unable to meet the physical requirements."

Let us avoid putting much stock in momentary reservations about the propriety of imputing to women soldiers and pilots less capability than their male counterparts. Four decades ago, the aim of the very determined movement that brought us to this place was " women's liberation." We've now pushed beyond that -- to women's annihilation. Onward, ladies! Just what both sexes everywhere have yearned to see: female carcasses strewn around the field of battle. Really inspiring stuff. In certain circles.

To this we've come from the old equal pay brouhahas? Evidently so. Feminism never was long on appreciation of biological and chemical distinctions between the two sexes. In the age of equality, distinctions are arbitrary social constructs: lies and maneuvers meant to keep one group or another in "its place" while privileging another.

Male monopoly of the military professions is founded on several realities however blind to such we might have become in our era of political correctness.

Reality No. 1: War requires strength, even in the high-tech, push-button age. Men really are physically stronger than women. Generally this means they fight -- and kill -- better.

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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