But then he doesn't agree with gay marriage either, "I don't mind if they live together though," jeesh. Fifty years from now and probably less the citizens will say, what were the bunglers thinking, crucifying those non-choosing folks who baby, they were born that way. I forgive my father a lot of transgressions. He comes from a slower-paced yet reflective generation. Rules were decided and carved in stone, walls were constructed and questions were never voiced, end of story.
"Why do you disagree," I ask, "do you think women in the field will prove a distraction?" He looks surprised, I can tell this hadn't occurred to him. In my own head I say that's a problem for those Rambo randy men, deal with it, get your nose out of your crotch and on with the killing already, quit wasting taxpayers' time.
"It just isn't right. In my time women needed to be protected and were" and this is starting to bore me. We don't want to be protected, Sonny, I'm whining. There is honor and nobility in maintaining and securing one's own existence. Dependency breeds weakness and false beliefs about the nature of things.
"What about physical requirements?" he continues."We had to be able to carry a soldier out on our backs like firemen do. Can women do that?"
I listened to public radio earlier in the day and just such a discussion was going on. The male broadcaster was telling the female Marine that 35 push-ups were the requirement for recruits going into combat and he was doubtful women could do that. Her voice stayed steady as she replied, "for me 70 push-ups is a bad day, 90 a good day." Don't you just love it?
We all know women who would make excellent soldiers. Some of them were nuns who taught me in grade school. Sister Alphonse could stop a charging rhino at twenty feet with her withering glance.
The Associated Press article in the paper says, "in addition to questions of strength and performance there also have been suggestions that the American public would not tolerate large numbers of women being killed in war." Evidently, large numbers of men being killed is acceptable.