Should Women Fight On The Frontlines? Everyone is familiar with the Disney movie Mulan. “Let’s get down to business to defeat the Huns” (Mulan). The Disney movie is about a young girl who goes to war disguised as her father to take his place so that he would not have to fight in the war. However, this is not reality. In today’s society there is no way any girl could simply cut off all her hair and pretend to be a man to go to battle. Later on in the song it describes what it takes to be a man. The lyrics goes something like this; “must be swift as coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon, and with all the strength of a raging fire” (Mulan). While some women may meet this definition of a man, most people are likely to agree that many women would not. Generally speaking, women simply are not physically or mentally strong enough to face combat. There are also concerns in regards to men and women getting along with one another and how those challenges could possibly lead to serious consequences on the battlefield. There has been a copious amount of publicity lately on the subject of whether women should be able to fight on the frontlines. The controversy is whether it violates women’s rights or not to say they cannot fight. People need to be educated about the bigger picture. While it is still very important that women be given equal rights, national safety should not be compromised in spite of it. First of all, female recruits just simply do not meet the physical fitness standards. In 1993, the Marine Corps tested the idea of gender-integrated training for three months, and throughout the entire study the officers observed that while the women were pushing themselves to their limits the men were not (Billingsley). Men need to be challenged and pushed to their limits to weed out the weaker ones and challenge the stronger ones to become the best of the best so they can protect the country. In addition to struggling during training, studies have shown that women have half the upper body strength than that of a man, are four times more likely to break a bone, they are slower at learning new things, and have injury rates up to fourteen times that of men. Even if a woman did push herself to those limits it is debatable whether she would be capable of meeting the physical demands of war. Besides the fact that women are not physically capable of carrying on the task, we must also ask ourselves the question “how much could she endure”? Even those who do pass the physical strength test are bound to break at some point. Neither men nor women last forever, however men endure longer (Petronio). For example, a woman, assuming she has met the optimal physical fitness standards, in combat as an infantryman, is likely to suffer various types of medical problems after approximately five years of duty. She could be suffering from back problems, knee problems, or even mental trauma from all the suffering she has experienced. Again, men also have this chance of lifelong consequences; however women have greater risks. Additionally, it is a well known fact that to be promoted in the military one must have combat experience. This would negatively affect a woman's physical well-being. Therefore, any woman interested in promoting in the military must ask herself, "Is it worth the cost"? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (also known as PTSD) is defined as “a type of anxiety disorder that can occur after you have seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death… Veterans returning home from a war often have PTSD” (Vorvick). Women are over twice as likely to get post traumatic stress disorder as men, and it is usually more severe and with an increased amount of triggers (Chapman). Take the example of a woman who just returned from her third tour in Iraq where she witnessed a car bomb that blew up everyone in her unit with the exception of herself. She returns and attends a fourth of July celebration
Women Should Not Be Allowed In Combat
One debate that has been going on for the past few years is the debate about women and if they should be allowed to fight for our country in front-line combat. I believe that women should not be able to fight in combat. Before you drop this paper and beat me up, let me just say I am not against women, women’s rights or anything like that! I believe that women in combat will change our male soldier’s mindset during combat and could be more…
A religion that was supposed to be peaceful is
looked at by some today as one of the craziest religions in the world. But, Islam is a
religion of peace. Islam is a religion of peace because mostly everything Muslims do is
for peaceful purposes, Muslim women get rights, respect and protection they need and
so called suicide bombers misinterpret Islam.
Islamic people also have a different way of going about everything they do. Have
you ever seen a Muslim pray? Muslims pray five times a day and a standard prayer they…
proper gender roles for British men and women. For men, the course of action seemed clear that they should enlist and fight. Yet, many men struggled under the pressure of warfare. For women, it was unclear how they should be involved in the war effort. Many men wanted the women to keep their traditional gender roles of taking care of the household. However, the lack of male workers on the home front required women to take on different work roles. The women received a great deal of praise and positive…
result of globalisation.
During the first half of the new decade, Amnesty International turned its attention to violence against women, controls on the world arms trade, concerns surrounding the effectiveness of the UN, and ending torture.
SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
‘’Whoever you are, wherever you live, all the decisions you make about your own body should be…
later in the war had electricity and wallpaper
More complex the further back they got
Trench Network structure
Front line trenches- where troops positioned themselves for attacks
Reserve trenches- where reinforcements waited to be called to the frontline
Communications trenches- Connecting trenches
Some systems were even given street names
No Mans Land
Sometimes 50 metres wide and 8-10 km wide
Going ‘over the top’- a nightmare for soldiers
Easy target for machine guns
Full of deep craters…
figure ‘stop making a show get up. Stop staring’ and this device that Whelan uses allows us as an audience to pity Annie.
In ‘Journeys End’, Sherriff uses Hibbert, a cowardly solider, in order to show mental deterioration. Also it shows how the frontline affected the men that fought on it, and the terror that faced the soldiers, ‘do please let me go, Stanhope’, Whelan uses Hibbert to contrast Stanhope and his bravery. This helps us as an audience to see Stanhope as a good man and not the ordinary…
Taliban or Al Qaeda suspects would, in the words of one flier “Get enough money to take care of your family, your village, your tribe for the rest of your life” (Kurnaz 2). A great number of men, ended up in Guantanamo as a result of these fliers, no women were transported to Guantanamo, just men.
First Murat was taken to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was asked the same questions for many weeks by American interrogators. “Where is Osama bin Laden?” “Was I with Al Qaeda?” Murat explained over and…
civil liberties and political rights, Executive Director of Freedom House, Jennifer Windsor, argues: “In 2009, we saw a disturbing erosion of some of the most fundamental freedoms—freedom of expression and association—and an increase in attacks on frontline activists in these areas. From the brutal repression on the streets of Iran, to the sweeping detention of Charter 08 members in China and murders of journalists and human rights activists in Russia, we have seen a worldwide crackdown against individuals…
“Meet the Press.” “When the good guys with guns got there, it stopped.”LaPierre called for “layers of security” around military bases. “All these brave men and women that are trained in firearms, that signed up to serve in the military, they’re largely disarmed on our military bases,” he said. “We need to look at letting the men and women that know firearms and are trained in them do what they do best, which is protect and survive.” In December, Congress approved one gun-related measure: the renewal…