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February 13, 2013

Sexes complimentary in battlefields of life and war

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Who am I or anyone to say that I, a woman, can’t serve my country on the front lines? Yes, it’s scary, it goes against everything that so many people grew up believing, but does it make it wrong? Women have long been on the front lines, just not in front line infantry positions. Can you imagine telling a woman who single-handedly takes care of her family, who sacrifices so much of herself and her life that she’s somehow too weak or too gentle or too whatever to be allowed placement in harm’s way? It’s ridiculous. Are we saying that the military is less capable of keeping a woman safe than a man?

Do I want to serve on the front lines? No. But do I want to take away someone else’s ability to do so? Certainly not. You may not like the mental pictures or the societal change this may bring about but that’s just it, we continue to evolve, we continue to change. When women were given the right to vote did the world end? I understand that while no one wants to imagine their mother or their sister dying on the front lines, it’s no different from a woman dying in the military in any other job. Dead is dead. It is always tragic and it’s always final. What if African-Americans were to have remained slaves? Would we still benefit from the conveniences and inventions that were derived from their blood, sweat and tears? What would we do without the gas mask, the blood bank, the potato chip, the refrigerator, the clothes dryer, the lawnmower, etc.? Oppression is a rather stifling don’t you think? If a woman wants to fight for her country who are we to deny her that?

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