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Military and Society Threatened by Women in Combat

jimmylynn Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 9:43 PM
mhood, "I notice YOU are not in the military! " How could you notice that? I am not in the military because I'm am too old. I have never served in the military, but I can tell you this. I turned 18 when there was a draft in this country. I had to sign up for selective service, meaning I had to register to be drafted. This occurred at a time in our history when draft age males, like Bill Clinton, were running off to other countries to avoid being drafted or were out in large numbers burning their draft cards. I had to make a concious decision that my duty to my country was to make myself available for military service regardless of what all the liberal cowards were doing at the time.

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...