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Military and Society Threatened by Women in Combat

David1735 Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 12:18 PM
Until now women (except for some pilots) have been assigned to combat SUPPORT roles. Many have seen combat in those assignments, and they generally perform quite well. But there is a big difference between being a truck driver and being an infantryman . . . OOPS! Infantryperson.

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...