Katie McDonough, SalonYesterday, the Pentagon announced it would lift a ban on women in combat. Today, conservatives lost their minds
Ryan Smith of the Wall Street Journal, a former Marine Infantryman
Peeing in front of women will humiliate men. Why does Leon Panetta want to humiliate men?
Societal norms are a reality, and their maintenance is important to most members of a society. It is humiliating enough to relieve yourself in front of your male comrades; one can only imagine the humiliation of being forced to relieve yourself in front of the opposite sex.
And men’s humiliation will humiliate women:
In the reverse, it would be painful to witness a member of the opposite sex in such an uncomfortable and awkward position.
Oh, and unit cohesion, which apparently still exists even though it was supposed to go extinct the moment gays started serving openly: Combat effectiveness is based in large part on unit cohesion. The relationships among members of a unit can be irreparably harmed by forcing them to violate societal norms.
Of all the arguments, this is the one that I, personally, found most funny. After all, two of my former cleaning jobs--one at Lutheran West High School and the other at St. Paul Lutheran Church /Elementary School, both involved me, cleaning restrooms. At both schools, the biggest challenge was keeping the men out of the restrooms, no matter how many signs were up, no matter how blocked the door ways were or how many time this woman met them at the door; they would still come in with their sons and do their business; Unless there was someone standing if front of the restroom and tell the men that it was being cleaned and to please use another restroom, but even that did not stop all the men from entering, just because a woman was there--That Was The One and Only Effective way to keep men out of the men's room, who could not understand why they could not use it, just because the cleaning woman is there. I confess all I saw was their back, come to think of it, I did not want to see any more than that. Oh, If only more men were like Ryan Smith, maybe I would not have had so many problems keeping the men and their sons out of the men's restroom, There Were So Many Times That I could have gotten my job done a whole lot faster if there were not so many interruptions.
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