Rick Santorum Frets Your Ladylike “Emotions” Are Bad For Military Combat

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“I want to create every opportunity for women to be able to serve this country … but I do have concerns about women in front-line combat. I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved. It already happens, of course, with the camaraderie of men in combat, but I think it would be even more unique if women were in combat. And I think that’s not in the best interests of men, women or the mission.”

Yesterday the Pentagon announced new rules that will open up 14,000 more positions for women in the military that put them closer to combat positions, like missile launcher crew members and tank mechanics. The new rules go into effect this summer. But Sen. Rick Santorum told CNN’s John King he’s not too sure us ladies would be able to handle combat roles because of “other types of emotions” getting in the way, whatever that means. Fear? Having a sadz because of our periods? Does it matter?

Any way you cut it, this is a blatantly sexist argument that sounds like the sort of 1800′s-era justifications for why women shouldn’t vote or own property.  Someone should tell really tell Santorum that some military women have already been serving in combat roles — they were just not doing so “officially.” And if he still can’t get a clue, he should meet my best friend from childhood, Steph, who served as an MP in Afghanistan and Iraq and makes The Rock look like Taylor Swift.

[Washington Post]

[The Atlantic Wire]

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