Ryan Smith Needs To Man Up

28 Jan

amazonsFormer U.S. service member Ryan Smith’s patronizing, chest-thumping man-tirade is little more than grabbing a fig leaf to hide his shrinking member. I thought Marines were supposed to be tough.

Yes, a woman is as capable as a man of pulling a trigger. But the goal of our nation’s military is to fight and win wars. Before taking the drastic step of allowing women to serve in combat units, has the government considered whether introducing women into the above-described situation would have made my unit more or less combat effective?

Societal norms are a reality, and their maintenance is important to most members of a society. It is humiliating enough to relieve yourself in front of your male comrades; one can only imagine the humiliation of being forced to relieve yourself in front of the opposite sex.

Despite the professionalism of Marines, it would be distracting and potentially traumatizing to be forced to be naked in front of the opposite sex, particularly when your body has been ravaged by lack of hygiene. In the reverse, it would be painful to witness a member of the opposite sex in such an uncomfortable and awkward position. Combat effectiveness is based in large part on unit cohesion. The relationships among members of a unit can be irreparably harmed by forcing them to violate societal norms.

I guess Ryan Smith isn’t man enough to deal with this alternative vision of the U.S. military.

Other former service members find Ryan’s facts on the ground just as limp.

Retired U.S. Army Capt. Wes Moore dismissed Smith’s concerns, saying that “people made the same exact arguments during the desegregation of the armed forces.” He added that police departments are not segregated by gender and often face as serious or more serious engagements than do combat forces in warzones.

Taylor, a former Marine herself, also dismissed Smith’s objections to women in combat roles. “If I’m out there serving on missions, I have not a problem in the world with dropping trou and doing what I have to do,” Taylor said. “It’s a scurrilous argument to make.”

Here’s one dissenting post about women in the military that gets to a real issue. I just don’t understand why male military pundits assume women will bring standards down. Facts?

But, taking the argument one step further, I’d support conscripting women if it led to fewer wars.

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