I remember my first real theatrical experience like it was yesterday. Ten cent pillows, crickets during intermission, and the smell of an old wooden barn turned neighborhood playhouse. It was summer in the ’70s, feminine power was on the rise, and I sat mesmerized watching Annie Oakley (with a gun no less!) confirm what I secretly hoped to be true – I could do anything a boy could do, and probably better.
Fast forward through childhood into adulthood, and turns out, I pretty much feel the same way about the female gender (ask my husband, poor guy). But with adulthood, I’ve also learned that sometimes harsh realities will never change no matter how much wishful thinking we bestow upon them. In this new age of ‘equality and justice for all,’ we seem unable to accept the reality that men and women really ARE different, even if just from a physical standpoint.
I Can do Anything Better Than You.
So when President Obama and his military staff recently lifted the ban on women in combat positions, I could only think back to the article I wrote on the repeal of DADT and how sexuality within a group could ultimately affect unit cohesiveness and the life expectancy of a soldier on the battlefield. And more importantly to me: my husband’s life. The article [DADT = Army Strong. Are you sure?] created a firestorm of welcome comments from my readers, and I am happy to report that almost two years to the day, I am unable to cite one example of where homosexuality has caused a serious conflict for a unit. Except for one recent case of alleged discrimination against a lesbian spouse due to outdated membership rules for a local military wives’ club. But that was solved fairly quickly with a change of rules and now that same gay spouse has even been nominated as a contender for the Army’s military spouse of the year. So for all you misogynist finger pointers, your fears of backlash discrimination by us dumb military folk can be put to rest.
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