However, unbeknownst to their male commanders, many women used the control they had over food and stolen money to prevent young boys and men from abusing girls (2). The women of Sierra Leone have long been exposed to appalling violations of their human rights, especially during the civil war. “During this extremely brutal conflict an estimated 275,000 women and girls became victims of sexual violence. Massive sexual violence was used not only to sow terror among the civilian population; it further served military
In some cases, only one female soldier represent this minority in a squad of males, so sexual harassment and trauma issues appear. According to a study published in December 2007 in the American Journal of Public Health, sexual harassment and assault are the most significant problems in the military for women. According to Zuma Press, in the U.S. Army approximately 26,000 rapes and sexual assaults took place in 2012 and they have done by their colleagues (Zuma Press). Dr. Kimerling mentions that sexual harassment and trauma need to be taken into consideration as potential risk factors for women who serve in the military—and clinicians must be prepared to respond efficiently
The gender role in military as women categorized and stereotyped by men has never been easy. Military does not require muscular or gender power for leadership in combat or command positions. Some men believe that women in command will weaken the military tradition or military in context. The gender role of “women” and “soldiers” proved to many that is uncontested in World War I and II when women served as auxiliaries. Women have a long history of service in the military.
Even to this day the question still remains “Should women be able to serve in combat military occupational specialties?” Combat military occupational specialties are the jobs in the military that take you face to face with the enemy on a daily basis. For example, infantry, artillery, Army Ranger, Navy Seal, and Air Force paratroopers. They all stare death in the face on a daily basis, if not they are training for it. Women should not be able to serve in combat MOS’s, because as a whole they are not physically capable of the extensive demands, also other cultures do not view women like the United States does, and especially when women get pregnant that could be detrimental to combat unit readiness.
Bush informs future soldiers in her journal about the biomechanics of combat because women are failing the physical portions of training for combat. Though there are many different branches of the armed services, all soldiers must pass physical readiness testing in order to be prepared for their line of duty. According to Bush, “female Marines in boot camp are failing the upper body strength portion of the [physical readiness test] at a rate of 55%.” The results prove women are not as physically strong as men. Being muscular and fit is important in order to fight in combat. Due to their inability to pass the physical readiness test, women fighting in combat is more dangerous compared to men fighting in combat.
Women distract men because of the ‘sexual tension.’ women fear the men that threaten to turn them in for underage drinking, but it’s the men that should fear the women for turning them in for rape. (Moritz) Women are flamboyant about their bodies and men just can’t resist. Women are a distraction to men because men can’t control themselves. The men will get distracted from their duties which is why women shouldn’t be allowed in combat. Men shouldn’t have to choose between their duties or women because they shouldn’t have to make that choice, and by choosing inequality they don’t have to.
Solnit uses the sensitive idea of war, which effects everybody somehow, when stating “Arrogance might have been something to do with this war...” (4). She uses the example of the Iraq war as a broader idea showing that everyone is impacted in a negative way by these social problems. When Solnit describes how the war may have been started in part by men ignoring women, it is frustrating for the reader because it could have possibly been prevented, saving thousands of lives. This brings up Solnit’s argument that the problem is not only women being affected and hurt by men not listening to them, but that it causes a negative rippling wave to everyone. Solnit uses the heart-wrenching example of how “Corporal Maria Lauterbach was apparently killed by her higher-ranking colleague after she was going to testify that he had raped her” (6).
Having women included in the military draft would allow them to be viewed differently in the eyes of men. Kelly Antoine in her article, “9 Reasons Why Women Should Have To Register For The Draft” she states, “These women are bringing louder, more confident female voices to the table, working to change policies and challenging the long-standing culture of the services,” Antoine may be stating this about women already in the armed forces, but this can still apply to women being included in the draft. Incorporating women in the draft would allow the opportunity for new ideas and progression to be apart of the military during the nation’s crisis. Some people are opposed to women being including in the draft because they will not be able to keep up with the men. In an article written by Jude Eden, throughout her entire piece she makes the argument that women would simply not be able to meet the same level of excellence as men because they are unable to meet the same physical requirements.
Especially, unfair treatment of women ("Merriam-Webster.com"). For example, sexism in the military. Many men do not think women should be in combat because, the tests would be varied and there are not adequate restrooms available for women in combat. I feel that a woman could hold her own being in the military and there should be no barring placed on women. Next, classism is differential treatment based
Sexism is “ the unfair treatment of people because of their sex; especially : unfair treatment of women” (Sexism.) Many would agree that watching an all female athletic game, is not as entertaining as an all male athletic game. Men believe women are incompetent when it comes to sports talk. During a sports conversation, women tend to get ignored
“...the American army often recruited the many female camp followers to fill these jobs” (Brooks 2013, para. 17). They had slowly began to achieve recognition in society, especially war. It was then, that woman had begun to silently “protest” on having the same equal opportunity as men. During the war, women created a role for themselves to side amongst the male soldiers: a secret soldier.
Army Captain Meredith Mathis, who offered cultural support to the US military in Afghanistan stated, “she has seen as much, if not more combat than a lot of infantry soldiers, what’s more, women secured valuable intelligence speaking with Afghan women who wouldn 't talk with the American men” (Michaels, 2015). This reveals that female soldiers on the front line could be considered very useful in cultures where women are considered the silent ones. According to allgov.com, “more than 800 female service members have been wounded in either Afghanistan or Iraq, and at least 139 have died from combat and non-combat-related incidents” (Wallechinsky & Brinkerhoff, 2012). For over a decade, women have already served boots on the ground, in combat roles, it is time for those women who have been injured or who have sacrificed their lives to be validated and for a woman’s abilities in combat to be acknowledged and