Misogynistic Military: Gender Bias and The Role of Women in the United States Armed Forces.

What a break! Hope everyone had the chance to relax, reflect, and relieve their selves of unwanted negative vibes. Back from Spring break with full-gear; ready for the end of the semester to quickly make its way home. In the mean time, I want to share with you all my excitement!

For those of you who know and those of you who are hearing this for the first time; my husband leaves to the Navy in September and I will officially have my own reality show! Well, maybe not my own reality show, but I will have to take on sort of a different role. I am excited and scared at the same time, yet I still cant wait to assume my duties as a Sailor’s wife! I have a cousin in the Marines and I am really excited about his tour as well!

This new found journey has led to me to further educate myself on military culture. What interest me the most is not the men in uniforms screaming “Hoo-Rah!” at the top of their lungs, but the role that women play in the armed forces of the United States.

Just to give you a little history, as per the Ground Combat Exclusion Policy of the United States Armed Forces in 1994 declared that women are to be excluded from operations that directly involve ground combat. Even as of the revisions realeased in February of 2012, women are still not allowed to occupy over 230,000 military jobs that are related to combat or serve in special operation forces. After brief, yet thorough research, women face several oppressive factors.

In the armed forces, women are subjective to:

1. Sexual Abuse– According to Helen Benedict, a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and author of the book The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq, 1 in 3 women in the U.S. military is raped by another service member.

2- Physical Ability Demise to their Male Counterparts- As set forth in the armed forces physical training examinations for certain military branches.

3. Gender Bias in Military Combat Roles- This is outline in the Ground Combat Exclusion Policy.

These three key points are invaluable in realizing where women stand in their service to their country. It is absolutely, and by far the most disturbing information I’ve heard about the military thus far, that women who proudly and courageously serve their country are subject to random acts of sexual abuse. There is no God given right for men to engage in such heinous acts of degradation towards the women that form part of their brotherhood.

Spc. Crisma Albarran detaches an ammunition case from its mount after a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flight over Iraq, March 14, 2010. Albarran with Task Force 38's B Company, 3rd Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, volunteered for the job as door gunner prior to her second deployment to Iraq, and has flown more than 100 hours toward her door gunner certification. During her first Iraqi deployment in 2007 she was a petroleum supply specialist with the 3rd Infantry Division.

Also, the idea that females are less physical fit and able to engage in combat situations in comparison to their male counterparts is also subjective. Not to mention that women are evaluated by an exogenous pool of men during their physical and basic combat training. Corporal Kelly Dowlan writes in a blog post stating that, “Regardless of these factors, the sad fact is that women continue to be undervalued in the military because it is a predominantly male organization that prizes characteristics that many see as inherently masculine”. Which leads to the idea behind the gendered bias roles of women that are excluded from combat occupations. A predominantly male dominated organization has left no room for marginalized error; women in combat situations is an accident waiting to happen. Or is it the faint misunderstanding and underpinning of the female race, by men who so ignorantly cannot accept that women can perform as warriors in wars, as do their male members? To help sculpt your idea check out a fellow bloggers idea of women in the military, visit Joyce’s Worldand see what her thoughts are behind this issue.

 

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