Women Waging War
We can fight and die
Together brothers and girls
Bombing the dying
We can do it, girls
We can kill the enemy
Formed in our mind's lie
With drones from afar
Killing and drilling children
Under oil sands
Let's get you drafted
For the wars of tomorrow
Since the announcement by
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that women will now be able to be on the front
lines in war, it has been difficult to put words to all the feelings I have
about this decision. The question that keeps rising in my mind is, “Does the
government really hate women that much?” Yes, I understand wanting to advance a
career in your field of specialty; yes, as a feminist I see how this could be
touted as an advancing of equality; yes, I am still concerned that this is not
in the best interest of women but also all humans in general.
actors never act with your intentions in mind. They have their own agendas, and
especially with the growth of the military industrial complex it is very
disconcerting that this is being touted as an economy booster rather than
trying to round up more people for more wars. Hooray, women, now you’re allowed
to be desensitized to violence and forced to kill innocent people, too, because
we decided you’re equal now!
you have to beg for the government to allow you to be used and abused and
essentially lied to and possibly killed to advance an overall anti-women and
children agenda, how is that progression? Shouldn’t we really be asking why
does the military need people so badly that it has opened the door for women to
be waging endless wars?
no secret that this administration is invading and destroying countries at an
even more increased rate than our last warmongering administration. Countless
people, women and children are being killed at an alarming pace all over the
world by this country’s military for nefarious reasons. Why should anyone,
especially women, want to be a part of that? As a woman, I think we should hold
ourselves to better standards. We are by nature nurturers, and this should be a
source of pride, not seen as a weakness. As such we should seek to protect future
generations of all people, not destroy them. There’s no honor in unjustly
killing someone just like a man.
moment in history I can’t seem to get out of my head is the eerie similarities
to Austria’s situation after it was annexed by Germany. After the rise of the Third Reich, military
service was compulsory for women and men. The exercises remained completely
equal, to the point where some women died in training. The most disturbing part
was how the women were put on the front lines, and returned as one woman
described, “emotional cripples.” Austrian women were literally used as human
shields during WW2.
I know the accusation of Godwin’s Law is tantalizingly close, but hear me out.
I am not calling Obama Hitler, nor am I saying that we are living in Nazi
Germany or any of that rubbish. We are still very free and fortunate to have
the liberties we have, and this historical tidbit wouldn’t even concern me that
much if the reasoning for allowing women on the front lines in Austria wasn’t
exactly the same as the reasoning this government is using. You see, Austria
was in economic collapse at the time of Hitler’s rise, and the military program
was a “jobs creator” that would “boost the economy.” Sound familiar? Did you
really think that the military leaders who decided this all of a sudden decided
not to be sexist and totally for equality?
economic boost that women in combat positions will supposedly bring is the
other, perhaps more true, reason. This also doesn’t bode well for us because
the tone of the rationale basically sounds like this “The economy is still so
bad that we have to resort to letting in more women to the front lines of all
these wars we are waging.” I can think of a better economic solution, how about
we stop killing people in the wars? Maybe no more men or women have to die in
is amazing sometimes how many women I see supporting these unjust and costly
wars, and now even more so. It really hurts to see what was the anti-war left
becoming apologists for drone warfare, torture, and other obviously unethical
military actions this administration has taken.
I am angry that the escalation of war is continuing and getting more fuel for
the fires, and though I am disappointed at the joy surrounding this
announcement, I am probably more depressed about it than anything else. Has
perpetual war become so commonplace, that instead of becoming outraged that
they want to kill more women, people are rejoicing at the fact? What about the
still lingering problem of rape in all branches of the military? These women
will be thrust into more dangerous situations when the possibility of rape in
any rank is still incredibly high.
must conclude that all of these things lead me to believe that the state is
just as misogynistic as ever, and that this announcement is not a cause of
celebration, but one for despair. Cultures thrive when their women are
protected and treated as valuable, not when they are sent out to die first as
disposable tools of warfare.