This past Thursday, January 24, 2013, the United States military has finally lifted the official, 1994 ban on employing women in combat positions — a ban which, in fact, had existed with almost no question nor articulation since the USA became a nation.
This is a victory for Feminism, just as the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was a victory for the LGBT movement. It is clear now that despite having a long way to go, the US Military is moving in the right direction by discarding its outdated and bigoted traditions one-by-one.
But as Noah Berlatsky — a self-proclaimed male Feminist — writes in The Atlantic, war, itself, is a male concept and seen by many Feminists as being antithetical to Feminism, itself. That’s a sweeping over-generalization but consider this: as the military moves further and further from being a men-only club, perhaps the infusion of women into leadership positions will make war, itself, less and less likely as time goes on.
Art-itorial by Barbara Broido. Visit Barbara’s Doodle Blog for more of her art, design work and socio-political commentary.