Women In War

Over the years, society has changed in terms of who can join the armed forces. Before, it used to be that men were the ones who actually saw the battle, while women dealt with the aftermath via helping the injured. Nowadays, women are allowed to be in the armed forces in terms of them being in battle. However, you don’t see or hear of that many women who actually went to war, i.e. the current Iraq war. It seems like we’re still a little stuck in the past.

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10 Responses to “Women In War”

  1. hypercritical808 Says:

    so?

  2. ccrilveria Says:

    If i remember clearly, there were women women who went to iraq to fight. there was that one girls who went and got messed up there, then when she came back they hailed her as a hero. she went on some talk shows and probably even wrote a book (too lazy to go hunting for sources). according to my cousin who is in the military, there are a lot of women who fight in irag at the moment. many of the men though, he adds, still find the idea of fighting next to a women more of a liability then help. he says that the soldiers feel that women can’t pull their own weight in pressure situations. i say, cut the women some slack. joining the military and getting through basic training is difficult already.

  3. angielee777 Says:

    I also know of women who serve in the military…yes there are way more men than women (which I’d hope since men in general are more built to fight in such circumstances) but there are strong women out there fighting for our country. I don’t know if I’d have the physical ability and the courage to do what they do, but they are out there. Yeah, women might not be able to execute in general as well as men but there are those few women out there that are better than some of the men in the military…but probably a low percentage.
    But hey like ccrilveria mentioned, i give them a lot of credit for training and fighting for our country.

  4. Although there is a disproportionate ratio of men and women in the military, women have made significant strides in the military. There are soldiers like Private First Class Jessica Lynch, whose bravery captured the hearts of the American people, after she was captured and later release by Iraqi forces. Then there is Lt. Gen. Ann Dunwoody, who became the first female four-star general in the US military history, after 33 years of service. They are just a few of the many women who have contributed significantly in the military.
    The fact that they are women makes them no less of a soldier, of a hero to their country. There are many reasons why women join the army, but mostly because of their love for their country, for that alone, all Americans should be grateful to them. It sounds so cliché, but it is because of the men and women of our military that we are enjoying the freedom that we have in this country.

  5. I agree with most of the posts that there are an uneven amount of men:women ratio in who is in the military, but not many women choose to enroll into the military academy. Those who do are very courageous and we should respect them for doing so. If i recall correctly there are some military commercials where they are demonstrating that they can do everything that men can do. I agree that sexuality doesn’t make you any different in the army, because you must work as one to get everything done and every soldier is part of the whole army. They fight for freedom of our country and we should be happy we don’t live under a worse kind of government.

  6. blahahalb,
    I respect your opinion but I am just curious about the following statement you made: “…but not many women choose to enroll into the military academy. Those who do are very courageous and we should respect them for doing so.” Does it really matter? How can one quantify being “courageous”?

  7. Does it matter that what? how many enroll? or that fact that we should respect them?

    In regards for being courageous, even though I don’t really know much about the military, it takes a months of hard training to become a soldier in war. To put your life on the line for your country, I think is very courageous. It is hard to specify how one can be courageous but I think those who can accept the fact that their lives are at stake for this decision then I can consider that courageous. Whether it may be a calling or something you choose to do.

  8. Some women are talked about but I do believe that war does only really talk about the men that fight in the war when there are quite a few women and I don’t think that they get the recognition that they deserve. There was that one girl that got attention but I remember a lot of the media articles that were coming calling her a scam and someone that wasn’t a hero and that people are making a big deal out of her out for nothing. It seems to me that if women are recognized for the efforts in the war they are not really shined in the light that the men receive.

  9. fngrnailtree Says:

    one of my high school english teachers is married to a military man (im not sure of his ranking). he told her that one of the reasons why the army doesn’t want women on the battle field, is because of the psychological trauma it would cause a male soldier if he were to see the woman shot down. he said it would be worse than when a fellow man were shot down, because 1) men think only men know what they are getting into, and 2) the soldier would visualize not only the female soldier, but also his mother, or his sister being shot down, and thus cause him to act out of protocol and possibly ruin the mission.
    not saying that i agree.
    one probably hears more about men than women, because there are more men in the military, thus it is more likely to hear stories about men.

    prarec said
    “There are soldiers like Private First Class Jessica Lynch, whose bravery captured the hearts of the American people, after she was captured and later release by Iraqi forces.”
    and
    “The fact that they are women makes them no less of a soldier, of a hero to their country.”

    i think that is a bit sexist. sure there are people who believe men are better than women, but that doesn’t mean we should over compensate and give more credit to women when we wouldn’t do so for a man, and yet still cry for equality. it seems like the american population loved jessica lynch first for her sex, then for her act. they may not be less of a soldier, but it doesn’t mean they are more.

  10. I also think that the media tends to try and put men as the image of war when there are plenty of women out there that are in the war doing just as much as the men are doing. Why is it so hard to believe that women are in the war and are fighting just like men? The army is sexists but I do believe it is how the media portrays it. In some ways I do believe it is because the army is trying to portray this image of strength so they put images of men but I think that it would help more people if they did see these string women fighting in the war.

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