At the heels of the Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wanting to put women on the front lines, we get this little bit of bad news:
Just over ten percent of women in the military said in 2008 they'd had an unintended pregnancy in the last year - a figure significantly higher than rates in the general public, according to a new study.
The findings come amid news that the Pentagon will lift the ban on women in front-line combat jobs starting in 2016.
"It does definitely have implications for troop readiness, ability to deploy (and) troops in combat missions if they are potentially at high risk for unintended pregnancy and pregnant women can't be deployed," said Dr. Vinita Goyal, who has studied unintended pregnancy in female veterans at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Access to birth control can be a problem for troops deployed for long periods of time - and if women do become pregnant, abortion is legally restricted on U.S. military bases. Women who get pregnant while overseas must be evacuated.
Men and women like to have sex! Who knew?!?
Seriously, this is why any military force cannot exist without segregated sexes. And unfortunately, women are, by and large, physically weaker than men. I’d rather have a big, strong, burly man dragging my (slowly shrinking) fat ass out of a burning building than some chick dragging me by my ankles. Mouth to mouth, however, is a different story.
The front lines are a high-stress situation. Even the strongest of wills can crack under enormous pressure. Also, you tend to do things you would otherwise not do in those situations. For example, during the Blitz bombings in England, many people hooked up while huddling in dark buildings thinking they wouldn’t make it. I can only imagine how many children will be born on a battlefield now.
I always find it amusing that the powers that be seem to think that among all the mundanes (that’s you and me), men and women are equal in every way. Yet, when their terrible and disastrous policies are implemented, they take zero responsibility for them, get promoted, and make more money doing the same thing again and again.
This is just a small example as to why the power elite fail to recognize the simple principle that each individual is unique and no one person, be they male or female, will be exactly like someone else. Logically, this means that there is no such thing as equality of existence. But for some reason, the power elite continue to misunderstand this simple concept and they end up getting egg on their faces again and again, surprised at the reality of human nature.
Unfortunately for us, when the leaders fail to understand human nature, we get massive dystopias like the Russians and their 70 year “experiment” in communism. The dead bodies tend to pile up in those cases and with the United States becoming the model for the next Utopian vision, I fear the future of our people.
Poster’s Note: Been out for a week because my son was born last Thursday. You can imagine the distractions that has caused. I’ll write more about that later.