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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Women in combat

The conservatives are having conniptions ... there's a rather creepy article at First Things that uses The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to explain to us why Battles are Ugly When Women Fight.

To understand the real issues involved, listen to this short NYT's interview with Anu Bhagwati, a former Captain and Company Commander in the Marines and director of the Service Women’s Action Network ...

I guess I should add this: I'm pretty much a pacifist, I wouldn't want to be in the armed forces myself. But the First Things article gets a lot of stuff wrong. This change will not suddenly have women fighting and dying alongside men - they are already doing that. It will not lower physical standards for positions - women will not be accepted if they cannot pass the tests. And the idea that women are intrinsically created to not fight is ludicrous to any student of either history or nature.


Blogger PrickliestPear said...

That is a creepy article...and it reminded me why I don't read First Things.

I don't understand how some people, like the author of that article, can seem reasonably intelligent on the one hand but have so much difficulty seeing things from a perspective that differs from their own on the other. He talks about the women who would take these combat roles as if they were children incapable of making responsible decisions for themselves.

Whatever...let him "lament."

8:54 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi PrickliestPear,

It's gotten so I cringe whenever I see CS Lewis being brought up by a conservative ;) Yeah, I hardly ever go to First Things anymore.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Victor said...

Hey Crystal, I had a dream last night and "IT" started off kind of nice but at the end "IT" turned into a night mare. I was wondering if you and/or some of your readers could tell U>S (usual sinners) what "IT" might mean. I would talk to you about "IT" but like you, "I'M" pretty and much a pacifist and I wouldn't want to be in the armed forces myself so "I'M" allowing sinner vic to tell ya all about "IT".

Hey Crystal! "IT" is "I" so don't delete U>S cause we're on your side also. Tell Prick that I agree that First Things write mostly creepy articles and this so called John Carter thinks that he knows "IT" all but between U>S gods, he should call his blog "First Thought" cause he's got so many of them. OK Victor, hold your mare, I'M coming to "IT".

OK! Crystal before he buys another polar bear, if ya know what "I" mean, I better tell ya about his so called dream but remember that Victor, if truth be known is even scared of his shadow, not to mention his image in the mirrow butt ya know what "I" mean so here "IT" is;

He was invited to attend a David The Letter Man's show and a little skit was performed just for him. On stage which was seen David talking to "Joe Bite on" butt Joe was only on a screen. Long story short, Joe starts telling David out loud in a mean voice to "Shut UP" and so David The Letter Man quietly shows his controlled facial expression of this satisfaction and Joe just gives him that smile and longer story short, without David saying a word, you can see other human cells moving in on Joe and "IT" became a WW Wresling match and Victor flesh became so frighten that even Victor's wife was a little shaken when Victor started to kick.. Enough of that Crystal! What "I" really came here is to tell ya to forget about this so called JOE and keeping focusing on wo man who are continually getting the shaft from these men so called "MAN" and don't get taken in by HIS followers who use stuff like just so they can keep putting woman down.

Don't worry cause my dog, I mean, my god of 1946 will protect all of ya so hang in tight and don't fall for this so called jesus who hates woman and if ya don't believe me just ask "Tiger" and some of his spirit cells will tell ya about their old secret weapon that they call, Marshal law and French chocolate men love "IT".

STOP "it" sinner vic cause you're just making fun of U>S NOW!

Ya ok Victor just cause ya men don't believe that a wo man does not have the right to free choice and this below proves that "I'M" right! Right NOW?

WHATEVER sinner vic! Me, myself and i will start believing that ya are a god when "The Saints Come Marching in. :)


12:39 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Victor. Thanks for the links :)

2:43 PM  
Blogger Deacon Denny said...

I used to subscribe to it... but it didn't take long to overdose.

10:29 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Denny,

I do still like to see too what David Bentley Hart, who writes there, has to say.

12:14 AM  

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