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Military and Society Threatened by Women in Combat

45caliber Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 5:15 PM
When I was in Vietnam, I had to carry a 70 lb. pack every day. I had to carry the rifle and ammo for it. I carried claymore mines and trip flares. I carried grenades. But most women can't do that. It is simply a difference in physical strengths. So ... does this mean the woman's teammates must carry what she needs instead? What about ammo? Can she carry 500 rounds as many of us did? And does she need someone to throw her grenades for her? What about sex in the foxhole? Is that rape? Or consentual? There are many questions - and no answers other than to make everyone equal - even when they aren't.

The first line of attack in political battles is language. Getting people to phrase things your way is the first step to getting them to think your way.

In the foggy mess of the debate over women in combat, you will see media references to a “ban” being “lifted.”

Bans are bad. Lifting bans is good. Therein lies the bias strangling this issue in the dominant media culture.

Am I “banned” from the women’s restrooms at work? No, I’m just not supposed to be in there, so that word doesn’t come up. The...