One of the issues raised by the people who are against women being in the military is that women in the military are “cross-dressers,” wearing clothes traditionally worn by men.
And to that I say: seriously?
Who decided only men should be allowed to fight in the military? Men, that’s who. Who decided what was the proper dress and roles for men and women? Men. And who wrote the bible?
Sorry, everyone, but the answer is men.
I don’t know, maybe it was God communicating with mankind, but has anyone ever considered the fact that maybe men made it all up? That maybe the Bible was just a collection of stories, which is what it seems like to me (admittedly very interesting stories, but c’mon)? That maybe women donning clothes “traditionally” worn by men is actually just women, well, wearing clothes?
Don’t get me wrong, there’s not a single thing wrong with women wearing dresses or skirts or jewelry or whatever; there’s just also nothing wrong with women wearing pants or military uniforms or whatever the hell else they want. While there have been studies done about the science and psychology behind fashion, in the end, clothes are just clothes.
On a totally unrelated note, did you know pink was thought of as a boys’ color up until very recently? Ever seen those pictures of FDR in a dress? Just a thought. Totally not related.
Women, at least biologically, need different clothes to cover their bodies. But not all women need bras; not all people who need bras are women. Gender is a broad, varying spectrum, and just because you’ve got a hole between your legs instead of a hunk of meat doesn’t mean you can’t wear whatever you want.
Who came up with the idea that men are powerful and practical, and women are dainty and accessorized?
Advertising might be to blame.
We’re shown from an early age that boys build and destroy, whereas girls simply exist–just look at any LEGO commercial. We are taught practically from birth that women are made to simply live in this world that men have created for us. I was raised by my parents, but I was also raised by my society: entering the military has never even been something to cross my mind, because it was never presented as an option. My little brother, on the other hand, has been a soldier for four consecutive Halloweens.
The truth is, women are just as capable in combat as men. They undergo the same training, wear the same clothes, report to the same people, and fight for the same country. If you strip away everything advertising, everything your parents, everything your society has taught you, then what are you left with? You’re left with simple anatomical differences.
When you’re left with the fact that the only difference between men and women is their bodies (and sometimes, not even that), does it really make sense that women should not be allowed to participate in combat?
Previous posts in this series:
Women in Combat (part 1)(link opens in new tab)