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…
07, Feb, 2015
Women can join the frontier
Women play important roles in political, economic and cultural areas in most countries in modern times. Compared several years ago, although women improve their status in many areas, it is a strongly held belief that kitchen and laundry are for women and wars are for men. Now, women are allowed to join the army become very common in most countries, but most of women are far away from the frontier. Actually, whether ladies should be entitled to serve…
The Frontline Experience
1. Why was nowhere safe during the Gallipoli campaign?
2. On May 6th the 2nd Battle of Krithia took place. After three days of fighting how many -
• Yards were gained by the Allies? (1 yard = 0.9144 metres)
• Allied casualties?
• Turkish casualties?
3. Why was it so difficult to gain ground?
4. Why was there a serious lack of sufficient munitions and medical supplies?
5. What happened to the majority…
March 29, 2013
Pregnant Women and Leadership Positions
The topic of Equality places a huge line of division between the American people. It causes people of privilege to feel attacked when society decides to “level the playing field”. It makes the unprivileged feel constantly under attack by the government as well as those people of privilege. There will be three subtopics used to argue the fact that Commanders should select pregnant women for leadership roles. The first…
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…
The fight for equality amongst the gay community has been a major issue in today’s society. With having the same human rights as any American today such as: voting, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and the freedom of having a job, the right for equality needs to come to an end. Gay’s are no different than any other heterosexual couple’s relationship and should be given that right to marry wherever and whenever.
Others tend to wonder, what exactly is different about a gay or lesbian couple’s…
1. In the beginning of the story of Fight Club, the narrator was preparing his demo to Microsoft, but he was having a trouble to preparing it because of his black eye and swollen blood from the stitches inside of his cheek. Since he has a problem with his injuries, his boss take over preparing the demo, and he just working out the projector at the one side of the room.
2. The event does the narrator not want to miss that is taking place next day was the fight club. It’s a kind of fist to fist event…
of the most heated debates that have lasted for a few decades now, is whether abortion should be allowed or not. Whether legally it is a woman’s choice or not; is it her right as a human being or blasphemy, of such magnitude that no amount of Hail Mary’s would be enough for the absolution. Typically, this debate, or rather fight, has been fought between the so called “science” and so called “religion”. The fight between religion and science is not a new one. It has been there since the birth of science…
Should Women Have The Right To Have An Abortion?
What is abortion? Abortion is a deliberate termination of a human pregnancy. There are many different types of abortions, for example oral or surgical. The oral method is the the Plan B pill, also known as the morning after pill. The morning after pill is the emergency contraceptive pill (not birth control). “It can be used to prevent pregnancies up to five days (120hours)” (http://www.abortionno.org/resources/fastfacts.html). The other method is…
“Fight” By: Laurel Blossom and "Communication"
What the poet is trying to say in the poem is that she and her boyfriend aren’t compatible. She says in the beginning “Between me and you.” This states that she is talking to another person. She also says “That’s not what I do.” She is saying this because she is in a disagreement with the other person. She says "You want to get married, I want to be free." This states that she isn't ready for full…
Fight Club Review
The movie that is being reviewed and analyzed is Fight Club, which stars Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Fight Club is in a genre on its own, but falls into the categories of action and mystery. We will be looking at the subdivisions of plot, character, setting, and focus. By analyzing these points of the movie we can see why Fight Club belongs to the certain genre it is placed in.
The movie starts off where one the characters is held at gun point. Of course we all wonder…