The Thinking 

More on the Absurdity of Coed Combat

January 27, 2013


HERE’S YET another of the many unexamined consequences of the planned entry of women into combat — one of the dumbest and most despicable ideas ever proposed by the American government.

Ryan Smith, who served in Iraq as a Marine infantrymen, writes in the Wall Street Journal that placing men and women together in war conditions will cause shame and embarrassment. Of course you don’t have to be a veteran to know this. Anyone who has watched a few war movies with his common sense intact knows how ridiculous and unnatural it would be to have men and women live in battlefield conditions together or to expect women to relieve themselves on the battlefield as easily as men do.

Smith writes:

Societal norms are a reality, and their maintenance is important to most members of a society. It is humiliating enough to relieve yourself in front of your male comrades; one can only imagine the humiliation of being forced to relieve yourself in front of the opposite sex.

Despite the professionalism of Marines, it would be distracting and potentially traumatizing to be forced to be naked in front of the opposite sex, particularly when your body has been ravaged by lack of hygiene. In the reverse, it would be painful to witness a member of the opposite sex in such an uncomfortable and awkward position. Combat effectiveness is based in large part on unit cohesion. The relationships among members of a unit can be irreparably harmed by forcing them to violate societal norms.

Smith does not even mention the obvious fact that hygiene for women is much more complicated.

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