I don’t know what to think about this whole women in combat thing. On one hand, I want everyone in this country to have a chance to do whatever it is he or she wants to do. And if little Buttercup came up to me and said, “I want to kill bad foreign people overseas,” I wouldn’t have the heart to tell her, “No. You’re not allowed to do that.” Also, plenty of women are basically in combat now, so some of the distinctions seem rather arbitrary and unfair.
On the other hand, I don’t like us pretending this whole “men and women are different” thing is just something male oppressors made up. There are actually big physical and mental differences between the two genders, and the whole “women are the ones who get pregnant and have children” isn’t just something religious fundamentalists made up to oppress one gender. These differences need to be taken into account, not just ignored. The reason throughout history men have gone out and done the fighting and dying isn’t just a silly little principle that every culture that existed happened to buy into. There’s kind of a reason.
And finally, all this focus on women in combat is ignoring what we really need in combat: giant robots and dinosaurs with rocket launchers mounted on them. That’s the real step into the future of the military, and I don’t want that important idea to get lost in the shuffle.