Are women suited for war

Author Subject: Are women suited for war
abdul hai Posted At 06:19:13 02/09/2002
I am having problems becasue i am stuck on one issue I need to know are women biologically suited for war becase as the author has argued that women have been fighitning in wars.
which may imply that they are biologically suited for war if so why has it taken so long for women to join the armed services
Joshua Goldstein Re: Are women suited for war (Currently 0 replies)
Posted At 11:56:30 02/15/2002

That is a big question! I think that women on average are less biologically suited for war but that a substantial number (I think a majority of women at a given time) are biologically _capable_ of participating in war.
Andrew Kucharchuk MD Re: Are women suited for war (Currently 0 replies)
Posted At 09:26:18 02/16/2002

I am a Orthopedic surgeon and a Navy veteran from the
1970's; I strongly feel that women have a role in National Defense outside of fighting ships and ground combat. Women soldiers are much superior to male soldiers in an administrative capacity as anyone who has who has worked in a military hospital will tell you. I do feel there is a great deal of hypocrisy about why women serve in the military. The real reason is that our ruling political class both right wing and left wing are terrified of having their androgynous male offspring do any kind of military service. The Vietnam War was the great emasculator of the American Establishment; feminization of the military was the insurance policy that the white perfumed princes would never bear arms in defense of their country. There were more black female military reservists killed in the Gulf War than white male Ivy Leaguers.
alex Re: Are women suited for war (Currently 1 replies)
Posted At 15:23:14 10/25/2003

no way jose. Women in no way are as strong as men emotionaly and physicly. And the truth of the matter is i dont think they have the guts to pick up a m16 and submit them self to fireing range. Women also have breasts and truthly i find they would get in the wa of having to jump down and cover. ALso women's bodys are not built for carrying enormous loads as is a mans. I feel god created men to be the strong sex and for women to be the physicaly weaker yet more nurchering sex.
Caterine Re: Are women suited for war (Currently 0 replies)
Posted At 10:04:03 10/30/2003

Dear Alex,
Off the top of my head I can think of several examples that challenge your assumptions. The first is the role of child soldiers in guerilla warfare, specifically in west Africa. Girl children are recruited by warlords more than boy children because they are known to be calmer and more reliable in battles. The second example can be drawn from poor rural women all over the developing world. They are the ones who have more physically strenuous activity than men, walking kilometres to collect water and firewood, carrying immense loads back. In construction work specifically in India where women and men work together it is the women who carry loads on bricks on their heads and the men who lay it out.
Perhaps you should do some research?
Megan Re: Are women suited for war (Currently 1 replies)
Posted At 10:40:15 03/13/2004

I like the way you think. I hated Alex's answer too! great job.

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