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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Women in the Military - Why still the same old issue?

Yes, we are still discussing this after hundreds if not thousands of years of women being part of military traditions, units, wars and defense forces. From Joan of Arc to Boudica to the women who were forced to fight due to the situations they found themselves in or who wanted to fight like Frances Clayton who disguised herself as a man to serve in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Deborah Sampson also disguised herself as a man to fight for the Continental Army against the British in the American Revolutionary War.

What is strange is that these women wanted to fight, but were not permitted for whatever reason. Why do we presume to decide for other people? When it comes to the LGBT community we also presume to decide who people may and may not love.

Women are in the same category as anybody who are not part of the patriarchal society of whichever culture in the world in modern society. In early societies women were equal to men according to this article posted in the Guardian.

The Iroquois tribe actually let their women choose the chiefs of the tribe. These women would decide which men would serve in the Great Council and the same women would start and stop wars.

Women are part of our society and have played a major part in all of our history. Let's stop presuming to think for them. If a woman wants to serve in the military, stop trying to tell her she must be able to do the same things as men? Why is that the measure? There are many jobs women can do easily and some jobs only a few women can do. The same can be said of men.

I say allow women to serve in whichever branch of the military they want to. If a woman can do the job, whatever the job is, why should we stop her? If she cannot, just like with any man, do not allow him or her to do the job.

I suppose we still have a long way to go to realise what is important in life, and gender equality is not the problem, it's one of the symptoms of a greater problem. What that problem is I still have to determine.

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