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aisy

Thanks for bringing this to light. I hadn't heard of these women before and I find their courage and strength uplifting.

Haida

Thanks for bringing this to light. I hadn't heard of these women before

And that's the problem, isn't it? Sgt Hester, from the citation, did 30 times more than the much publicized and falsified account of Jessica Lynch. There's already been a "hero" movie made around the Lynch case. I suspect we'll see little more out of the media, around Hester and Pullen. Note that not one of the strawmen that the naysayers provide as arguments against women in combat roles can be applied in the case of Hester and Pullen.

Zan

I think the media is so bent on telling just the bad side of the war that they even pass over the stories of heroism. I haven't heard ANY heroic stories of any soldiers man or female. All I hear is a soldier died this day and a civilian died this day. The only positive stuff about the war I hear is on the Laura Ingraham Talk Show. America could really use some stories of heroism. The media all call our soldiers heros but they fail to report on their actions.

-Zan

Haida

Zan

It does make one wonder, doesn't it? After all, the Public Affairs organization is sending the information out. Normally, for actions which merit awards and decorations, the home town newspaper gets the story, and it may end up stopping there. However, you can always take a look at Stars & Stripes. They usually have information from closer to the action.

http://www.estripes.com/

The Happy Feminist

That is a really good point, Zan. I had never stopped to think about that.

And I'm embarrassed that Haida knows more about what the American troops are doing than I do and he's Canadian!

Richard

From what I've read all members of the armed services must pass fitness tests, which are scaled according to GENDER (and age). To the best of my knowledge (and I must confess I don't follow these things very closely) there are currently no tests that specifically measure the physical skills required for each military occupational specialty, like a front line combat position. If a man OR woman could pass such testing, which should NOT be scaled to gender (the enemy will make no such distinction) then they should be permitted to serve in combat positions. But merely putting them there for "equal opportunity" reasons without some objective, non-gender bias testing, is a silly idea.

The Happy Feminist

Hi Richard -- I am still working on the physical disparity angle, which I haven't addressed yet on this blog. I agree, and I have yet to hear anyone argue otherwise, that soldiers must be chosen based on their qualifications for their position.

Alice

Awesome post. Thanks to you and Haida for the links. I used to read Stars and Stripes regularly but haven't for a while.

bmmg39

My thoughts are: if you can pass the requirements, you should be allowed to serve. I appreciate those feminists who push for women in combat and I scorn those traditionalists who believe women should receive a special protection. Not that I don't believe in women being protected, but men need the same protection. I hit the ceiling when someone expresses outrage at "sending women off to die" but shrugs when men meet the same fate.

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Becca

I'm new to your site - love it! Gotcha bookmarked!

Becca in CO

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