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My heart goes out to everyone affected by the terrible attack at Fort Hood.  You are all in my thoughts.

But one thing stands out for me as a bright beacon of hope...

Women. In combat. Even when no-one expects it.

The bravery of the soldiers at Fort Hood in the face of a brutal and cruel attack was profound.   Stories of individuals who did everything they could to save their comrades are a comfort after something that makes no sense.

All the soldiers and civilians who risked their lives in this attack are true heroes.

But doesn't everyone think it's time to shut down the right wing anti-women politicians and officially admit what has already been proved again and again on the ground, and let the women who deeply desire to give their full service to the armed forces to have all the opportunities they deserve?

The opposing factions in congress and their lobbyist cronies call themselves anti-feminist, but let's face it, they're anti ALL women.  They don't believe that women can hack it in combat. 

Clearly, they're not paying attention. 


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brickhousewench
Nov. 7th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Um, link has some extra stuff in it (I however have Web-fu and was able to figure it out from the address). You might want to fix that.

And I agree, the whole idea that women are "too delicate" for combat is hooey.
noxcat
Nov. 7th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
The first responder who exchanged fire with the shooter and is being credited as stopping him a civilian FEMALE cop.
akgnome
Nov. 7th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
i read an article a while ago (can't remember where now) that said that most commanders in the field are using women in combat situations even though the upper echelon rules don't allow it. it's a matter of need overruling all. and most of them, and the men the women serve with, don't care about the plumbing...
cathgrace
Nov. 7th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
Guns are the great equalizer, if you can shoot, you can fight so saying women aren't able to do the same job is crap.

I have heard from several people in the military that the reason they don't want to put women into combat is because it is worse for civilian moral to have women dieing instead of men, and I call bullshit. War is terrible either way, and if someone can feel better about a man dieing then a woman, they need to examine themselves because either way it's a human life.
kargashina
Nov. 7th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
That article about the cop made my day...but we really do need to admit as
admit as a country that women are in combat and get out of our way
spanish_peacock
Nov. 7th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
I've known a lot of female cops and female Marines.....personally, of those I've known and served with, I would much rather have them watching my six than many of the males. Reflexes are quicker, eye hand coordination is better and truthfully, most of them were just down right mean (in a good way) Plumbing shouldn't matter.....if you are of a mind to do the job.....pick up your duece gear and a rifle and have at it.
christianet
Nov. 7th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
I totally agree. Women are already in combat, as other posters have pointed out. If not in the U.S. army, certainly other armies - the Israeli army being a prime example.

I had a self-defense teacher who had served in the Israeli army and was certified in krav maga. She was a tiny little thing, but had hand-to-hand taken out a man almost three times her size who tried to rape her. He broke her arm, but she left him unconscious in an alley.
vom_schwarzwald
Nov. 9th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
(MY personal opinion, not associated with my employer in any way)

I have to agree with you. I have the opportunity to interact with women in the military (given my job) and across the board they strike me as capable, skilled, and deadly when the need arises. I don't grok what the problem is...
gwacie
Nov. 9th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
When I was a young feminist in High School I remember a male classmate saying something like I wouldn't be a feminist if it meant that I'd be at risk for the draft (like him); I replied quite angrily that I'd sign up for military service right then if it meant equality, and I'm a pacifist!

Military service has long been a tool of sexism; which also turns a blind eye to the many women who have served in battles and conflicts throughout history. Take a close enough look at any major conflict, and you'll find a woman at arms.
reasie
Nov. 9th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
This follows nicely from a conversation I had Saturday night with a knight about the lack of recognition for our female vets. (He was pontificating. I was mostly nodding in agreement.)

You want to tell me a woman driving a supply train isn't going to be shot at? Women died in WWII. Women died in Vietnam. Women are dying in Iraq. What disturbs me most is how their sacrifice seems to be silenced, like a state secret.
gwacie
Nov. 9th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Sorry I missed that! Sounds like a good rant :)
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