Friday, December 27, 2013

Double Standards

Althouse: The Marines Corps quietly puts off the requirement that female Marines perform 3 pullups: Can anyone argue this makes the nation safer? Why does militant feminism seem so intent on getting women into combat? Is there a great swelling demand from women to be in combat? And how does this militant denial of the facts of women's relative weakness square with the demand that charges in domestic violence cases be brought whether the woman wishes to press them or not? Women are the equal of men on the battlefield but must be protected from them, going so far as to take from them the right to make their own decisions about whether to charge their husbands with a crime, when they are in the home? How does modern feminism maintain these two contradictory conceptions of women--as warrior and wilting flower--in mind and at the heart of simultaneously pursued policies?

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