Last week, the Pentagon announced a rather progressive and controversial move when it decided to allow women to hold combat positions.
This argument has been around for a long time. The old school of thought was that it would never happen. It did.
I have never served my country, so I will say upfront, I am writing this blog with limited knowledge. I do know several people who currently serve and served. I hold their opinion with the highest regard.
There are many male service members who are vehemently opposed to the change. First they argue HYGIENE. I say…Bologna! Yes, a woman does have her “time of the month”, but if all of y’all are out there in 105 degree heat, none of you will come up smelling like roses. I passed a man at the gym this morning and let’s just say I’ve never smelled an odor quite like that. I hope it never infiltrates my nose again. This is 2013. There are so many advances in medicine that if a woman was to serve in an “elite” group, she could probably get that whole “cycle thing” taken care of (so it wouldn’t be a factor) for a few months.
The next argument is strength/endurance/stamina. I’m told a man by nature is simply stronger. Maybe that’s true. My thoughts on that though…go to a CrossFit class and tell me there aren’t women who can’t hack it.
The third reason I’ve been given as to why women shouldn’t be able to hold combat positions is because if they become a P.O.W. in a country that still views females as second class citizens, the hell to pay will be even more painful than what a male would endure. That is a pretty fair argument; however, if a woman chooses to go this route to serve our country, she’ll be aware of all this. It becomes her choice.
As one former marine put it, a bullet knows no difference between gender when you are on the front lines. I salute any woman who takes the first step to sign up for combat. Physically or mentally she is facing odds that certainly aren’t in her favor. But then again as women, don’t we always?