Women in Combat

Posted on January 24, 2013 1:00 pm

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.

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22 Responses to “Women in Combat”

  1. can of spam says:

    I think what we can be sure of is that “women in combat” will likely be a short-term boon for the porn industry.

  2. Matt Musson says:

    3 words: Hostile Working Environment

  3. Matt Musson says:

    Does this mean that men get assigned to combat but women have to volunteer?

    My son at the USMA says that women are exempted from the physical training excercises
    that male cadets undergo. So, will this continue? Will women continue to be trained to
    a lessor degree now that they are going into combat?

  4. tomg51 says:

    I had always assumed that the dinosaurs with rocket launchers were female.

  5. Rayfan87 says:

    Does that mean women have to register for the draft too?

  6. Cyrus says:

    We already have women in combat… may as well make it official. Also, Jihadis could care who kills their sorry butts. WHy should we? Last, Jihadis don’t care who they kill. They kill women and men… so anyone who can and wants to fight them should be able to.

  7. coldguy says:

    I serve with many female soldiers in the Army. I don’t see any soldier as male or female, black, white, asian, christian, hindu, gay or straight. I see them as soldiers. If they are not incompetent, I give them their due respect.

    The issue missed by all this equality, “anything a man can do a woman can do!” attitude is about the abuse that combat troops are subjected to, whether coming from the enemy or their own command. War is hell. The mission always comes first, and no accomodations are made to needs of the troops if it conflicts with the mission. These combat soldiers are put into a fight for their lives by their leaders and by politicians, much like dogs are bred and forced to fight.

    Look at it like this:

    What is your reaction to two men beating the hell out of each other on the street? Knocking teeth out, bloody, broken bones, a real fight.

    Now, compare that to your reaction to a woman and a man beating the hell out of each other.

    There is a difference, isn’t there?

  8. NoMoBama says:

    “…and the whole “women are the ones who get pregnant and have children” especially when they decide they can’t handle being in the military so they do every guy in the unit till one knocks them up.

    And besides, combat….where? We’re busy retreating from everywhere anyway so that means that all the evil in the world has been defeated and we don’t need the military anymore…right? Wasn’t that in the list of all Barry’s accomplishments that he outdid FDR with?

  9. NoMoBama says:

    I hope they’ll be allowed to have 20 tampon magazines.

    How about women only combat units, then we’ll see who’s better.

    The 23rd Menstrual Brigade

    menstrual would be a good word for a spelling bee. Never would have guessed that’s how it’s spelled.

  10. hwuu says:

    Women in combat should be against the Geneva convention. Women are vicious. I think the real reason most nations have historically banned women from combat is because it is too cruel.

  11. Weisshaupt says:

    Two tribes of 15 Women and 15 men go to war. One tribe dominated by women, the other by men.

    They are defeated.

    In one tribe one woman returns. 10 Months later there is one child
    In the other tribe one man returns. 10 Months later there are 15 children.

    Gee I wonder why there are no large female dominated societies.

  12. Voz de la Razon says:

    You forgot an extremely important point;
    Sharks with laser beams.

  13. Jimmy says:

    The nastiest (i.e., best) female soldiers in the world are Israeli.

  14. DamnCat says:

    @Jimmy – purrrrr

  15. CTCompromise says:

    @ 9. NoBaMa:
    “menstrual would be a good word for a spelling bee. Never would have guessed that’s how it’s spelled.”

    Funny..it’s only 1 letter off from menstrial !

  16. CTCompromise says:

    When we put women on the front line, is the army going to have to travel with Porta-Pottys ?

  17. Greg says:

    Following up on NoMoBama #8 wrote: The Army will eventually discover what the Navy has known for years (not the “official” Navy-I’m talking the guys on the deckplates, really doing the work) When some pretty little miss decides she doesn’t want to go on the next deployment-BING!-she gets herself knocked up by some horny sailor. Next thing, she stays home on easy shore duty for the next year or so, while the rest of the team in her work division have to pick up the slack of a missing crew member. I know, because I WAS one of them.

  18. Greg says:

    I meant, I was doing more work for my division ’cause little miss can’t keep her legs crossed decided to stay Stateside by squiting out another brat.

  19. Oppo says:

    Charles Krauthammer’s point tonight was well put: there is a reason the Olympics have a men’s decathalon and a woman’s decathalon. Allowing women in combat is fine as long as the standards are not lowered. There will always be some who qualify. The bell curve for women on certain metrics, such as strength, will remain to the left of the bell curve for men.

  20. Bunkerhillbilly says:

    I was hanging out with a friend who’s a senior NCO in the Army and in the swapping of “shaggy-dogs” he told of being in a troop convoy rolling from point-A to point-B in a certain horrifically-hot piece of desert, with point-B being a considerable distance away and they were ordered to arrive there at a specified time.

    The vehicles in which these troops travelled were heavily armored and devoid of the luxury of ventilation or air-conditioning. The troops themselves were coming off of one battlefront and moving to another. As the priority was the relocation of these troops, this meant being in motion for close to 20 hours straight. Some of the troops had dysentery. As there were no stops at rest areas or portapotties, this meant that answering the “calls of nature” took place in very close proximity to each other. Relief taking place in waterbottles or empty MRE bags which were emptied and reused as the convoy was in motion. (It was not good being “tail-end Charlie”.)

    When the troops arrived at their destination, there were no hot showers, or chances to shave, waiting, no bone-china saucered-cups brimming with Nescafe’…it was all weapons and ammo check and move out. Maybe they had a chance to refill their canteens and camelbaks and rehydrate.

    I seriously doubt that women will gladly put up with such situations and in the so-doing will insist, via ACLU incursions, on lowered standards for all which will result in a considerably less mission-capable military.

  21. Wombat says:

    Personally, I think that there should be one standard for the military. If a potential recruit can meet said standard, great, let them do what they are best qualified to do. If they can’t meet the standard, too bad, find something else to do. If a woman can meet the standards for going into combat, they should be allowed to, on the understanding that they are soldiers and had better behave like it. Any soldier, male or female, that breaks discipline by attempting or actually making themselves unfit for duty should be punished appropriately. I am a female and used to work in a prison, so I know the importance of everyone meeting a standard and pulling together for the common good.
    I like the idea of completely female units. I also think the navy should consider boats, ships, and submarines crewed only by females (that should help stop screwing a crewmate in an effort to get pregnant). However, there should only be one standard. Bullets don’t slow down just because you happen to have two X chromosomes, bad guys won’t slow down for you, and mother nature and Murphy have it in for everybody. As my astute mother says, “Equality begins at the woodpile”. If anybody can’t hack it, they should get out and get over it.

  22. fnord says:

    Read The Amazon Legion by Tom Kratman. He’s put in a lot of thought on what it would take to create female Infantry.

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