Paged per GGT and wlewisiii’s request:
But Serrano’s article doesn’t challenge conventional wisdom. Instead it backs the old guard’s deeply entrenched position that women—like blacks and gays before them—have no place in the infantry.
You might be considering Serrano’s stance against women in the infantry “bold and daring,” since she’s a woman officer herself. But that’s not new. Female Capt. Katie Petronio made essentially the same argument back in 2013.
The idea that women don’t belong in the infantry is just the latest variation of an old notion. By the same thinking, women don’t belong in the voting booth, in public office, in the military, in aircraft, on spacecraft, on ships, in submarines.
Having run out of places to attempt to exclude women—because they seem to thrive wherever they get a chance—Serrano ignores the legacy of fearsome female fighters, from Joan of Arc to Lyudmila Pavlichenko.
She also ignores that many other NATO countries have already largely eliminated this form of discrimination in their ranks.
I think Edward Carpenter makes his point very well here. Comments welcome.