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  •  oh yay. whoot. whoot. (1+ / 0-)
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    Faito

    We are now officially recognized as being allowed to kill people too.

    Banner day.  How exciting.  Thanks a bunch Leon!

    /snark

    Seriously, my cynical nature can't help it...and I'm not unaware of the strain on combat troops and the difficulty the military has had in recruiting...even as the wars are winding down.

    I can't help but suspect that, at some level, the lifting of this official ban (ha ha ha...don't even get me started...) serves the dual purpose of providing more warm bodies...

    If the military and Leon really gave a flying shit about equality and women's equal rights, there'd be a "You're gonna get your dick cut off if you rape a fellow soldier or anyone!" campaign inside the military ranks.  

    There isn't.

    Assholes.

    "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

    by Marjmar on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 07:23:22 AM PST

    •  otoh, (2+ / 0-)
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      those women who do choose to be there (don't get me wrong, I can't imagine choosing it, god forbid) haven't been "competitive" in pay or promotions due to lack of combat classifications

      let's at least be fair about equal pay for equal work

      "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

      by Sybil Liberty on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 07:34:38 AM PST

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      •  If money is the motivating factor for doing... (0+ / 0-)

        ...anything, then as the old saying goes, "We know what you are, the only question is price."

        So, to boil down this entire matter to an "equal pay for equal work" argument does one of two things, probably both:  1) casts the women serving in combat roles as whores, because they've sought recognition for money alone or 2) completely ignores all the real issues of (in)equality faced my women in the armed services.

        And from my current observation and past experience with the military, the military never does anything that doesn't first serve some need within the military; it's generally NOT an altruistic "industry," no matter what the rhetoric surrounding military service may be.

         

        "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

        by Marjmar on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 08:39:41 AM PST

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        •  and/or (0+ / 0-)

          Lily Ledbetter was no better than a whore

          not that i wouldn't love it eversomuch if it was all just as cut and dried as you seem to require

          "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

          by Sybil Liberty on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:12:11 AM PST

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          •  Hardly. (0+ / 0-)

            But I'm not willing to haul out the pom poms for something this patently ridiculous.

            "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

            by Marjmar on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 07:20:39 PM PST

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