Today is International Women’s Day. In order to properly celebrate groups across the United States are sponsoring A Day Without A Woman. The celebration is supposed to involve ladies withdrawing from their regular activities at work and home in order to show the rest of society how important their role is and how they need more appreciation. Not only aren’t you supposed to go to work you’re not supposed to shop either. I think they made an exception for shopping at female-owned businesses but obviously, those would likely be closed for the day since the owner should be leaving her usual responsibilities to make a point about how important she is to the proper functioning of society.
Let’s see. Women are supposed to leave men alone AND not shop? This sounds like something a man made up doesn’t it? It’s clearly a trick and the celebrants have been had! The secret name for A Day Without A Woman is Men’s Freedom Day!
Men are free from henpecking, nagging and whining for a full day. Sounds like party time to me!
Plus, you know darn well, when those women decide to come back home, their husbands and sons are going to be having a great time lolling about in their sweats, watching action movies with their feet up on the coffee table with pizza boxes and soda cans strewn all about…happy as clams!
Seriously ladies, If you’re an American and you think you need to participate in a Day Without A Woman event, may I suggest you need to do some intensive soul searching. If you don’t feel appreciated and you’re not being paid what you should be for the work you do, you’re hanging around the wrong people…and you need to go get yourself a new job.
I’ll bet you know someone like this. I know I do…several, in fact. It’s often easier for people to take better care of those they love (kids, partners, friends and even pets) than they take care of themselves.
I wish everyone would make an effort to support themselves the same way they nurture the most beloved, appreciated, wonderful people in their lives.
It’s important to remember that you are your first responsibility. You can’t help other people effectively if you allow yourself to fall into disrepair. Ignoring nutritional needs and skipping adequate physical activity invites avoidable weakness and sickness into your life.
Please make it a point to treat yourself at least as kindly as you treat those most dear to you. It’s the right thing to do and if you feel guilty when you take time to feed yourself properly or exercise, remember, you’re a lot better at giving to others when you’re strong and healthy yourself!
Thank you for sharing your opinion of America with me and the rest of your countrymen.
You decided not to stand during the National Anthem, because as you said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”
Since you were kind enough to present your opinion to me, I will return the favor.
Colin, your statements make it crystal clear that you do not like America. However, America is not just a land mass, it’s a culture comprised of people; individuals like me, the people who raised you, your friends, your teammates, the coaches and teachers you had growing up who encouraged you and cheered you on, the policemen who protect you at football venues, your adult fans, countless little kids who buy your jerseys and eagerly turn on the TV to catch your games and members of the military who give of themselves daily so you’re free to make millions throwing a ball around. Are we all oppressors? Are none of us worthy of your esteem?
I have news for you Colin, America is our country and that’s our flag.
You are welcome to sit on your backside when our anthem is played. It’s disrespectful, as you know, and you’re obviously taking great pleasure in wallowing in it. You’re showing unbridled contempt for every good person of any and all backgrounds who has offered you kindness, help, support or love.
Americans are a mixed bag; We’re black, white, Asian, Hispanic and combinations of all kinds. The best of us have worked very hard to bridge divides, to be fair and inclusive. We follow the Golden Rule every single day and people like you make our work much more difficult. All the effort that’s been expended to strengthen our relationships, to strengthen our communities, to strengthen our country, everything we’ve successfully built is what you’re now willfully crushing under your feet. You’ve positioned yourself as a filthy divider, instead of using your platform to reach out and make America even better.
I have news for you. We all have our personal hurts. Instead of throwing a fit like a toddler, the mature among us carefully wrap those hurts up and lay them aside as best we can so that we don’t become poison pills and end up harming our cause. We steadfastly resist becoming bitter and divisive. We refuse to join in the rock throwing and destructiveness we claim to despise.
Perhaps you’ll grow up one day, begin to conduct yourself in a dignified manner and decide to join hands with fellow Americans who have labored for generations to make this country, not perfect, but certainly worthy of appreciation and celebration.
I wish that for you. I sincerely do…and should that time come, the rest of us will gracefully accept your apology.
Congratulations to the people of the UK and all freedom loving people. Last night I was on pins and needles waiting for the results of the Referendum. I’m delighted that those who wanted to leave the EU prevailed.
For my friends who wrested back control, make no mistake, the globalist forces that so badly want your power in their hands will seek economic retribution. They will do so to punish the people of the UK, who they now see as enemies and to strike fear into others who would seek to go their own way. Their carefully crafted bonds are unraveling and that makes them more dangerous in the short term. Nevertheless, it’s good to remember that freedom has always had a price; one that’s much more easily paid at the ballot box than on the battlefield. Well done!
This is an off topic post. If you want some good fitness/gym talk, please check back on Thursday!
Recently, a 19-year-old Christian woman from the Middle East told me (through a priest who was acting as an interpreter) of her experiences over the previous couple of years. What she had to say was hair-raising. She had been taken prisoner and held in an ISIS rape camp along with many other women and girls.
The jihadis used them as rewards for the men. They would sell them between themselves with the money going to their captors. She tried to sell herself more so they would leave the youngest children alone but the young ones, some of whom were just 5 years old, were in high demand and were often raped multiple times a day.
This particular woman was rescued, and is now living in the United States. She arrived a few weeks ago.
She says she wants to die.
John Kerry announced that he intends to allow up to 200,000 refugees, many from Syria, into the United States over the next two years. That is in addition to those already resettled here by the Obama administration over the course of his term as President. They make no preferential differentiation between muslims and Christians who are fleeing their homeland. As a matter of fact, Christians, who are persecuted mercilessly in Syria, don’t meet the official definition of “refugee” since they’re under attack from ISIS and not the official Syrian government. Therefore, they receive little consideration. The result is that muslims will make up the vast majority of those placed into communities in the US.
ISIS stated more than a year ago that they intended to hide among refugee populations in order to gain more access into Europe and the US.
John Kerry assures us that the new crop of refugees from Syria will be carefully vetted before they enter our country. Government officials like him tell us they can discern between fundamentalist muslims, like ISIS members and more moderate muslims who are simply seeking a better life.
Our intelligence community, however, has stated that the refugees cannot possibly be properly vetted since entire regions of Syria including government offices housing police records and other pertinent information have been utterly destroyed. ISIS often raids the offices before demolishing them and steals passports and official paperwork. They sell these items on the black market or keep them for their own use. Therefore, even if people possess personal identification documents, they are highly suspect.
I will remind you that our military members have had many instances of throughly and supposedly properly vetted, government sanctioned, indigenous “helpers” in the Middle East turning on them in case after case of green on blue murder. Clearly, vetted or not, our government officials can’t assure anyone, except the blissfully uninformed, that they are actually up for the job.
If you’ve ever wondered how many refugees, wealthy muslim-majority countries like Saudi Arabia are taking, the answer is none. According to them, they are afraid the refugees would be pose a significant “security risk.” In other words, they think terrorists may be hiding among them.
ISIS is at war with us whether we acknowledge it or not. They intend to destroy us…one or many at a time. It seems reasonable to request our government representatives behave in a more prudent and cautious manner. Islamic fundamentalists engage in violent acts against the “Kafir” all over the world and they do so in accordance with quoted religious text they reference to support their behavior. We have seen their handiwork up close. They killed approximately 3000 Americans (men, women and children) in one fell swoop on September, 11 2001…and have been foaming at the mouth with eagerness to continue their attacks on our soil ever since.
I recommend people inform themselves about ISIS and other Islamic fundamentalists. Read their speeches, study their behavior, find out what they’re saying in their self-produced videos before forming an opinion regarding moving potentially hundreds of thousands of additional muslims from Syria into this country.
It’s noteworthy that those politicians who most strongly encourage us to take in more refugees do not intend to live among them with their own families. Our politicians live in well guarded, gated communities or tucked inside beautiful compounds constructed with imposing perimeter walls, alarms and surveillance cameras to protect them. They have expertly trained security forces at their disposal twenty-four hours a day to make sure they aren’t the ones hurt if they make a miscalculation in who should be able to come here. Notice, they’ve never once placed the refugees’ children in their own children’s classrooms at those exclusive private schools they attend. They live in safe bubbles, happily insulated from negative ramifications of rolling out the welcome wagon.
You and I don’t share in those luxuries.
They tell Americans who urge caution that we’re hard hearted although since 2010 we’ve welcomed 71% of the refugees that have come through the UN sanctioned program (they are included in a total of 2.2 million legal immigrants per year) We generously house, feed and educate them out of our tax dollars.
If we express worry about trying to assimilate people who prefer to live under Sharia not American law, we’re accused of being racist (even though muslim is not a race). If we ask for different options, like helping the refugees closer to their own homes, we’re called selfish. If we point out that there’s no possible way to vet those coming in from war-torn areas like Syria, and therefore we don’t want to take foolish chances admitting them, we are called hate-filled, hysterical, Islamaphobic, Nativist and Xenophobic.
I can live with that if I must. What I can’t do is sit silently while ISIS and their fundamentalist brethren rampage across the earth; raping, enslaving, beheading, torturing, beating, drowning, burning alive, crucifying and displacing millions of their fellow human beings. I also won’t support opening a door for potentially hundreds of thousands of additional muslims (refugees can eventually bring their extended families), whose backgrounds and history can’t be checked to be legally ushered into my country by officials who won’t bear the burden if they bet wrong when they’re passing out the golden tickets.
Politicians speak from positions of safety. The rest of us are expected to shoulder the risk. No thanks. I consider it my duty to offer warning. I owe at least that much to the innocent and defenseless, like that 19-year-old girl whose life was shattered by muslims who insist that they are behaving in accordance with their religion; a religion, they say, allows them to perpetrate what we Americans consider heinous, repellent, flagrant and utterly vile, criminal acts. I don’t want people who think like that anywhere near me, my family or any of you…and I don’t want my government inviting them here on my behalf.
References (The things I write about are easily verifiable. I encourage you to research these things for yourself, especially if you think I’m an alarmist).
This is an off topic post so if you’re here for the gym stuff, come on back and see me tomorrow!
For the Black Lives Matter Protesters and Supporters
Useful Idiot is a term that you may or may not be familiar with. It’s use is often attributed to Vladimir Lenin. Regardless of it’s actual point of origin, it’s used to describe people who function as tools in a cause whose ultimate goals they are blind to and whose leaders hold them in contempt while simultaneously using them for their own ends. In the case of Black Lives Matter, it describes a purposeful manipulation of emotion and a spoonfeeding of propaganda on the part of the more powerful leaders that is taken up by the street level protestors or “marks” as truth.
You see, they are using you, my friends. They’re using you as attack dogs to help in their desire to create chaos and disorder. What kind of leaders willfully try to set people against each other? Those who want to replace what once existed with something new. In this case, that means enemies of America who want to “fundamentally transform” her. When things are chaotic, when the public is upset, when groups are running around calling implicitly and explicitly for violence they get what they want…a general population longing for a return to order, safety and increased security.
That order, safety and increased security translates into expanded government control. It means the people will more willingly give up their freedoms and privacy so that they may feel safe. Citizens will allow the government to overreach in ways they would normally reject out of hand. Setting people against each other is simply a tactic.
Few of those encouraging you care one whit about identifying or addressing the real causes of problems in the black community. That’s why they remain silent when young, black men shoot and kill each other in major cities, every single weekend, in staggering numbers. Have you noticed that those black lives don’t matter? Nobody reports on it, nobody marches or chants to bring “awareness” to the carnage, no government official condemns it, they just allow the bloody bodies to be carted off; out of sight, out of mind and keep talking about how WHITE people (police in particular) are racist and therefore dangerous to black people. The thousands of young, black men dying at the hands of other young, black men don’t matter to them one bit.
Only certain black lives matter…the ones the government/media complex can plug-and-play into the storyline they wish to promote, the ones that will stoke discord and create unrest. The ones that will pit black against white people.
Social cohesion is the enemy of “transformation.” Our citizens will reject losses of personal freedom and increased government meddling and control as long as things are going well. Social (and economic) chaos is the goal because it eventually brings calls for order. The government will position themselves as the solution when they step in with the permission of a weary, psychologically battered and confused population to impose the requested order. What comes next is a predictable and historically repetitive repression of the population “for their own good.” They purposely encourage the problem in order to solve the problem in a way that causes the people to willingly cede their power.
My friends, they have you marching in the streets, calling for violence against your fellow citizens, spewing vile, hateful, divisive rhetoric. They have you encouraging mayhem, murder and screeching for a race war you cannot win. They have you rejecting the very people who wade into urban pockets of criminality and try to keep the innocent from being preyed upon. Without them, those same communities will be completely swallowed up by the violent. The result will only be more misery, more despair.
I can promise you one thing. Nothing you’re doing will improve the lives of black people. It can only further deteriorate the cause of peace and true justice. They have you working against your own interests and doing it with great vigor.
While you are useful to them, you will be allowed to continue stirring the pot. When they are done with you, you’ll be discarded without a second thought; no more print coverage, no more spots on the nightly news, no more understanding murmurings coming from those government officials you think have real sympathy with your cause. If you dare to keep it up after your Use By date, they will crush you without mercy.
Stop what you’re doing, take a pause and look back into world history. You will see that this is nothing new. It’s been done time and time again to lessen the power that people have to affect their own destiny and to deliver more power into the hands of the ruling class. I assure you, THEY know history. They are functioning as puppet masters, pulling strings and fomenting unrest to chip away at the bedrock of your liberty.
Your future could and should be bright. The opportunities and possibilities this country traditionally offers her citizens exist in no other place on this earth. A better life won’t be bestowed by the government (that’s the dangerous lure of socialism and the sweet song of fascism) but it can be achieved. Your actions are a rejection of the very order that allows upward social and economic movement in America. You’re helping the ruling class wrest the possibility for advancement from you in your improperly focused efforts. You’re helping them close the door on the possibility of a prosperous future for yourself and for the rest of your countrymen.
Black people and white people in America are in the same boat. Like it or not our fortunes and future are intertwined. We must not allow ourselves to be moved around the board like chess pieces in a wicked game. We must resist becoming useful idiots; misguided and energetic fools, complicit in our own destruction.
Update – My letter was written on Friday, July 17, 2015. At that time, it was reported that in addition to the four Marines who had been killed, a policeman had been injured and a member of the U.S. Navy had been shot and was in surgery. There was little information about their condition at the time. I assumed from the tone of the reports that both would survive. On July 18th, 2015, Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith succumbed to his injuries. His death is yet another that can be added to the lengthy (and growing) list of American citizens ambushed and killed by Islamic fundamentalists.
An Open Letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter
July 17, 2015
Dear Mr Secretary,
Four United States Marines are dead. Sergeant Carson Holmquist, Sergeant David Wyatt, Lance Corporal Skip Wells and Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan were killed on Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. Soon thereafter, you issued a statement indicating that our Marines were lost in “a senseless act of violence.”
Let me clarify the issue for you. This act was not “senseless.” It was purposeful. It was an act of jihad undertaken in the name of Islam. The attack was carried out in accordance with fundamental Islamic ideology. It’s an ideology specifically oriented toward creating terror in order to dominate and ultimately defeat the infidel.
Infidel. That means you, Sir. Unfortunately, that also means me, my children and the rest of the population who do not ascribe to the same ideology. Hence, my objection to your prevarication with regard to this matter.
As the current Secretary of Defense, you know this. I can’t imagine that this is a new concept for you. Therefore, I implore you to stop with the obvuscating, mealy-mouthed labeling of an obvious, Islamic inspired terrorist attack as “a senseless act of violence.”
Perhaps you’ve mistaken us for imbeciles. Your refusal to properly and clearly define what led to the deaths of those Marines, changes nothing except to make you look pathetically weak and to shred your credibility in the eyes of the public.
I implore you; halt with the politi-speak. Grasp your dignity around you, stand up and say it like it is. You, Sir, owe it to me, my children, the rest of the American citizens and most of all to the memory of those four Marines.
“Many people can listen to their cat more intelligently than they can listen to their own despised body. Because they attend to their pet in a cherishing way, it returns their love. Their body, however, may have to let out an earth-shattering scream in order to be heard at all.” (Marion Woodman)
It pays to keep your body in good repair. That doesn’t mean you have to hit the gym 6 days a week or spend an inordinate amount of time exercising. I hang out in the gym and lift because I like it. It makes me happy. It floats my boat. Obviously not everyone shares the same interest or the desire for the same level of activity.
There isn’t anything wrong with not wanting to exert the kind of energy I have over the years but it’s important to keep your body moving, even if that means just taking a nice walk a few times a week. I know many people who simply ignore their bodies but expect them to keep chugging along, problem free, for the duration. That doesn’t happen.
The truth is, even if you attend to your physical state, you may fall ill. The difference is in how quickly you notice, how likely you are to address imbalance or disease in a helpful way and how quickly you heal. People who think kindly about their bodies and who show it through exercise and a reasonable diet are more in sync with what’s going on physically. Being kind to it is a manifestation of loving and caring for yourself.
Don’t make your body scream for your attention. By the time that happens a lot of irreversible damage can be done. Give yourself time to take care of it. It’s in your own best interest.
*This is off topic but something I wanted to comment on. We’ll return to regular programming with the next post.
On May 3rd, 2015, Pamela Geller held a “Draw the Prophet” event in Garland Texas. Most people are aware that two jihadis showed up, armed, with the intention of murdering Ms. Geller and the attendees. The jihadis were killed before they could do any great harm.
Since then, it’s been noteworthy to watch news reports of these events. Ms. Geller has been excoriated for holding this contest because it was “provocative.” Many question the wisdom of having such a contest and posit that perhaps she and the attendees deserved the attempt on their lives. There’s been a strong she-brought-it on-herself thread running through commentary about the event.
In a new threat yesterday, ISIS has said they are going to continue in their quest to murder Ms. Geller…and also anyone who shields her.
The following is the threat, reported on The Gateway Pundit, posted by Abu Al Ameriki
Our brothers and sisters fighting for the Sake of Allah, we make dua for you and ask Allah to guide your bullets, terrify your enemies, and establish you in the Land. As our noble brother in the Phillipines said in his bayah, “This is the Golden Era, everyone who believes… is running for Shaheed”.
The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah in the heart of our enemy. Our aim was the khanzeer Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter. This will heal the hearts of our brothers and disperse the ones behind her. To those who protect her: this will be your only warning of housing this woman and her circus show. Everyone who houses her events, gives her a platform to spill her filth are legitimate targets. We have been watching closely who was present at this event and the shooter of our brothers. We knew that the target was protected. Our intention was to show how easy we give our lives for the Sake of Allah.
We have 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire. Out of the 71 trained soldiers 23 have signed up for missions like Sunday, We are increasing in number bithnillah. Of the 15 states, 5 we will name… Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan. The disbelievers who shot our brothers think that you killed someone untrained, nay, they gave you their bodies in plain view because we were watching.
The next six months will be interesting, To our Amir Al Mu’mineen make dua for us and continue your reign, May Allah enoble your face.
May Allah send His peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhummad and all those who follow until the last Day.
Perhaps you’re one of those who think that she deserves what she gets. She did, after all, exercise her free speech rights unwisely, right? She probably shouldn’t have done something fundamentalist Muslims would be driven to violence over, right?
Going from there, it’s critical that you understand that violent jihadis the world over are linked by a common philosophy. That philosophy, embraced by groups like Boko Haram, ISIS, Al Nusra Front, Al Shabaab, Al Qaeda, the Taliban and many other large groups and individuals, is fundamental (commonly called radical) Islam. Sharia, or Islamic law, dictates that they kill those who make images of their prophet.
Knowing those facts, one should know not to provoke them. One should also be aware of some additional facts.
Being a Christian is considered provocative by Islamic fundamentalists.
Being a Jew is considered provocative by Islamic fundamentalists.
Being a Buddhist, a Hindu, a Zorastrian is considered provocative by Islamic fundamentalists.
Declarations of being an Atheist or Agnostic won’t help you either. Both are also considered provocative by Islamic fundamentalists.
Think about it for a minute. We’ve all read about atrocities being committed across the world by these people. ISIS just executed another group of Christians on video a couple of weeks ago. Abba Mulugeta, an official with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church’s Patriarchate Office said, “I believe this is just another case of the IS group killing Christians in the name of Islam. Our fellow citizens have just been killed in a faith-based violence that is totally unacceptable. This is outrageous.” This mass execution took place on the heels of the February video beheadings of the Coptic Christians.
I guess those Christians who were shot and beheaded shouldn’t have been so provocative.
Does anyone remember what’s happening to young Christian and Yazidi girls in Iraq? Countless news reports document their experiences being raped, tortured and killed by ISIS fighters in the region. Did you know they sell and trade the little girls amongst themselves? There’s an official price list. Girls between 1 and 9 years old are the most expensive. Girls with blue or green eyes command a premium. ISIS members explain (in their own words for all to read) that this is permissible according to their religion. They are following religious dictates which say they can use captured, minority religion women and girls as sex slaves.
I guess those little Christian and Yazidi girls shouldn’t be so provocative.
Do you remember that hashtag campaign #BringBackOurGirls? That campaign was a response to Boko Haram, Islamic fundamentalists, who went into a school in Nigeria and snatched approximately 300 girls for their use. That was a few months after they shot and/or burned to death 59 boys at a boarding school. Do you know what Boko Haram means? The translation of Boko Haram is Western (or non-Islamic) education is a sin. Those girls and boys were getting a western education.
I guess those young women and men shouldn’t have been so provocative.
Just a short time ago, in early April, Al-Shabaab showed up at a college in Kenya, separated the muslim students from the Christian students, then massacred the Christians.
I guess those college students shouldn’t have been so provocative.
How about the Pakistani school attack? How about the Kenyan mall attack? How about the countless attacks in England, Canada, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Israel and France? How about Fort Hood, Oklahoma, Boston and New York?
So much provocation!
Whether you think Pam Geller was unwise or not in holding her contest, you better stand up for her Constitutional right to do so. Otherwise, terror accomplishes it’s purpose, the jihadis triumph and Sharia law is upheld over American law. As for Ms. Geller being provocative, I have news for you. YOU ARE TOO. You’re provocative the very same way the Christian men, the Yazidi girls, the young students, the little boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing and the people in the Twin Towers were provocative. If you’re not an Islamic fundamentalist, the fact that you’re alive on this earth is provocative. By their own words, you present a legitimate target, for forced conversion, subjugation or for killing (they also call for other muslims to be killed if they don’t think they’re practicing properly). Refusing to confront their ideology will not make them stop. As long as the ideology stands, you and those you love are at risk. It doesn’t matter if you speak up, ignore what’s going on or cower in a corner. As far as they are concerned, you’re fair game. If you draw their ire, for something you did or just for who you are, you better hope your fellow citizens see fit to stand up for you instead of sitting around snarking about how you brought it on yourself.
- (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32289961) (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/26/us-nigeria-violence-idUSBREA1P10M20140226)
God bless the men who volunteer to serve our country. God bless the women who volunteer to serve our country. Your efforts are both necessary and appreciated.
I reserved this space on Friday for a weekly celebration of military service. This Friday, I’m posting an opinion piece (no, I’m not tired of standing on my soapbox yet). This Friday, it’s a celebration of service, the way it stands! I keep reading articles about putting women into combat jobs. There seems to be a particular interest in getting them into Special Operations positions (Rangers, SEALs, Special Forces etc).
I first published this on February 11, 2013
Women In Combat – Perspective From A Female Bodybuilder
Women in combat positions….it’s an idea I’ve turned around in my head many times. Before we go any farther I have to state that I’m not nor have I ever been a member of the military. I AM the daughter of a very accomplished woman with a pioneer spirit. My mother was a chemist in the days when a woman, let alone a black woman, in the hard sciences was practically unheard of. She was discouraged in her endeavors by many, including her professors. They told her directly that women didn’t belong in the discipline and some refused to help her when she had trouble with concepts in class. Nevertheless, she persevered and had a long, successful career at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco).
I say this because her spirit and her commitment to a path that went against societal norms had a strong influence on my own perspective regarding non-traditional roles for females. I am fully convinced that women can do any job men can do, equally as well…with few exceptions…one of those being service in combat.
I can practically hear the sighs of disappointment from many of you but I think what I have to say is worth a few moments of consideration.
I’m an amateur, natural bodybuilder and have been for the past 21 years. I’ve always been incredibly athletic and physically strong, however, I’ve learned from hanging out with males in the gym that there is NO POSSIBLE WAY I can compete with them on lifts. No matter what I eat or how I train, my strength is still far inferior to even a moderately fit, capable male. Sure I can embarrass some of the guys who walk in off the street and are just starting out but when going head to head with a man who has been in the gym and training for a while, it isn’t even a contest. I’ve seen it myself with repetitive regularity. Even the strongest, most athletic, motivated women can’t match strength with fit men. Women simply aren’t as strong and in combat situations brute strength IS a consideration. For their own safety and the safety of their teammates, lack of strength is a serious issue.
Women’s sports are always separated from men’s sports for a reason. Women don’t box men in competition, they don’t climb into the ring for MMA matches with male opponents, they don’t play football in the NFL, basketball in the NBA or hockey in the NHL…for goodness sake, they don’t even play competitive golf or tennis against men because of the commonly acknowledged, natural differences in strength. If we understand this in sporting contests, engaged in strictly for entertainment, why on Earth would we put women into combat situations, against men, where the stakes are so terribly high?
This same lack of equivalent strength and stamina comes into play when loading equipment, carrying equipment (rucking with 50lbs for miles on end), jumping out of airplanes and having to land with 75lbs or more on your back, carrying an injured 200 pound fellow fighter out of harms way….these are all things that would necessarily be compromised. Not only would the female likely not be able to handle the weight loads, the trust that any effective combat unit has among members would be undermined since their teammates would know in the back of their minds that there truly was a weak link in the chain. Even a shadow of doubt could cause serious disruption in the morale and effectiveness of the unit as a whole.
All that being said, I’m sure there are a few women on the planet, genetic anomalies, who could actually match strength with a man, but is it worth opening combat positions to all women because an infinitesimal minority could actually do the job? I say no. The good of the whole is more important than what a tiny but vocal group of women (and strangely misguided men) want.
The current argument in favor of women in combat says, let women try. Let them have the same opportunity to showcase their skills as the males in the military. If they can’t hack it and meet the standard, then they can’t serve in combat positions. What I know is that as soon as the possibility is opened, there will be great pressure from those who are pushing this agenda to get some women through the pipeline and on the job. Commanders will be made to understand that women MUST have a presence in the combat units and the absolute minimum standards will be compromised in order to quiet cries of sexism and quell accusations that women can’t earn their way into the positions because of the “good old boy” network.
Despite my unshakeable belief that women are as valuable as men, as intellectually capable and morally equivalent, I do believe that Mother Nature has a say in the question of whether women should serve in ground combat positions.
I should note that there are places in combat situations where women could do an excellent job even taking into account the strength differentials. Female fighter pilots come to mind. In that case, it’s mind and machine working in concert, the plane being the equalizer, however, it’s absurd to think that women can be as effective as men in traditional ground and pound, front line combat jobs and trying to put them there is a mistake.
*This is part one of my argument against putting women into combat jobs. I have other reservations besides the pure strength difference but that’s a conversation for another day.*
I never did write the second (or third) part of my argument against putting women in combat units but all the reservations I had in 2013 still stand. It’s foolhardy, reckless and destructive to use the military as a petri dish for disruptive social engineering experiments. Allowing political correctness, instead of common sense to rule policy is going to exact a terrible toll.