Phyllis Schlafly

The picture of female U.S. Army Pfc. Lynndie R. England holding a leash and collar around the neck of a prone and naked Iraqi male prisoner, like a dog, is a worldwide public relations disaster.

Just as humiliating for Americans is allowing the world see the depths reached by a gender-integrated U.S. military.

A second picture shows another female GI enjoying the sexual humiliation of naked, hooded Iraqi prisoners piled in a pyramid. Of course, our soldiers should not have committed such abuse, but where was the adult supervision, and why were female GIs assigned to guard male prisoners anyway?

The pictures are stark illustrations of the gender experimentation that has been going on in the U.S. military. The images have lifted the curtain on a subject about which the public has largely been kept in the dark.

When he was still in office, Former President William Jefferson Clinton made clear his contempt for our military, but the Clintonista feminazis were more focused in their disdain. They were determined to give us a gender-neutral military or, as one of their representatives said, an "un-gendered" military.

That goal means masculinizing women and feminizing men. Our soldiers are even put through prisoner-of-war desensitization training exercises to help them emotionally accept the mistreatment of women by the enemy.

The pictures show that some women have become mighty mean, but feminists can't erase eternal differences. Feminists distanced themselves from their erstwhile heroine Army Spc. Jessica Lynch after her ghost writer revealed she had been a sexually assaulted and told Diane Sawyer, "People need to know ... how they treat the female soldiers that are over there."

Clinton-era feminists eliminated the Defense Department's "risk rule" that had previously kept women out of areas where they had "a substantial risk of capture," a regulation change that was directly responsible for the capture by the Iraqis of Lynch and Army Spc. Shoshana Johnson near the southern Iraq city of Nasiriyah. Another woman, Army Spc. Lori Piestewa, who served in the 507th Maintenance Company along with Lynch and Johnson, was one of nine soldiers killed in the same attack.

The Clinton feminists persistently pushed women into more and more near-combat and combat-related jobs. As a result, 18 U.S. servicewomen have been killed in Iraq and three more have died in Afghanistan.

Adopting coed basic training for all the services except the Marines lowered the standards to the physical capabilities of women. This was often disguised by gender-norming, the deceitful practice of scoring women higher than men for the same performance and then pretending that women are performing equally.

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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