During this Memorial Day, I wonder how many gay men and women will be honored and or remembered? While I think it is safe to say that gay men and women have been active in wars since the beginning of wars, how have they been recognized and honored? Oh, yes, I suppose we can argue they have been recognized by being publicly humiliated with a dishonorable discharge (Lt. Dan Choi); what a great way to reward someone who has dedicated his/her life to serving their country. Let us hope that the repeal of DADT will bring some peace to the very ill way we have treated our LGBT soldiers.
(Thank you Jen Lockett for inspiring me to compose this article) I also wonder when we will stop buying into the lies being told about women who serve in the military. May 30, 2011, women are still not allowed to serve on the front line of duty. Let us be very clear here! There are women that are fighting in combat, but technically they are not allowed to and are not recognized for their contributions to the military combat. Yes, people like Newt Gingrich (the self appointed expert on all things military) told a group of college students that:
…that women can’t serve on the front lines because they get infections. They might be tortured, and they can’t handle that. They might be raped.
I’m sure Mr. Gingrich witnessed this first had during his military service. Oh, that’s right. Gingrich never served in the military. Click here to see the source I used about the hypocrite and fool Gingrich. Here are five lies/myths men use to prevent women from serving in combat:
- Women are too emotionally fragile for combat.
- Women are too physically weak for the battlefield.
- The presence of women causes sexual tension in training and battle. (Hm, didn’t we hear this same argument about not allowing gays in the military?)
- Male troops will become distracted from their missions in order to protect female comrades. (Are the men equally distracted from killing women in Iraq and Afghanistan?)
- (I love this one!) Women can’t lead men in combat effectively.
Am I the only one here that says this stinks of complete horse dookey? This is nothing less than blatant misogyny! Click here to see the full article in the Washington Post. As we remember and honor those that have served in the military, I hope each and every TSM follower will take some time to reflect on all of the women and LGBT people that have also served.