The Thinking 

Why Female Soldiers Will Lead to Fake Combat

February 19, 2013


AT The Orthosphere, Kristor writes:

The basic problem of putting women into combat is that, because they are far weaker than men along every dimension of athletic performance, it will result in mortality disproportionate to their numbers. The ratio of rates of casualty to rates of combat participation will be much worse for women than for men. Women in combat units will likewise suffer disproportionate rates of all the other hazards of military life: wounds, disease, injuries, and so forth.

It is for this same reason that we don’t allow athletic competition between men and women: the women would lose badly, every single time, and so would suffer grievously (not to mention wasting everyone’s time) in a quest for success over male competitors that the brute facts of biology render hopeless in principle, and ab initio.

Being by nature unsuited to combat with men, women are more disinclined to it, and in practice few women are likely to seek out real opportunities to serve in hot zones. The number of women who are interested in playing tackle football at any level of the sport gives a good indication of how many women are going to seek out combat opportunities.

The result will be that women will serve in combat units in numbers disproportionate to their numbers in the general population, and of those very few who do serve in combat, a disproportionately high number of them will be wounded or killed.

This whole situation being doubly “unfair,” what we are therefore bound to see, sooner or later, is an outcry against it, and a movement to eliminate these disparities. In effect, we will see measures proposed that are designed to reduce the proportion of men we field in combat units, and to shield women from the hazards of combat, while allowing them to continue to claim to have endured them, for purposes of career advancement in the military.

There will be real combat, which will devolve almost entirely to men – as Nature obviously intended that it should – and there will be fake combat – de jure or administrative equivalents to combat. [cont.]

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