I saw this rather terrible review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi that made me cringe a little. It hated the movie as much as I did, but their reasons for hating it were just ridiculous. It made these huge assertions about what the film promotes that just blow my mind. I hate the film because it is a dumpster fire that butchers Luke’s character, has the biggest Mary Sue ever, and decided that instead of making a film that follows the plot from the last film, it is going to just go its own way. Along the way we’ll get Leia Poppins and Tumblrina captain. Great work.
But the video I mentioned had this weird contention that it said The Last Jedi was promoting – the idea that more women need to join the military, which the maker of the video said is wrong because women are weaker than men, on average. To be fair, biologically that is true. We are a sexually dimorphic species, and women are weaker than men on average. Here’s the thing – how does this invalidate the idea that women should serve in the military?
One of my favorite women joined up with the Navy last year. She is going into intelligence work, and her stories about life in the military fascinate me to no end. Just makes me wonder what might of been had I not busted my skull open when I was 14. I am immensely proud of her, and listening to her talk about her career with the military never stop being interesting. She was telling me one day how she read an article about how the Navy SEALS were letting women join up. She was skeptical of this for one simple reason – the physical requirements to be a SEAL are insane. She broke it down for me, and to hear about that told me that unless these women were Olympians who train every day for it, the odds that they will meet the physical requirements to get past the initial phase that weeds out those who can’t measure up is ridiculous. What’s more, she expressed the desire to not see the Navy lower their standards for women, because to be a SEAL, you need the physical conditioning that they require. I totally get that.
Here’s what bothers me about this idea that women should not join the military – does this guy think that people see female soldiers as Black Widow from the Marvel films? Yeah, in the regard it sounds ridiculous. Seeing a woman who weighs very little taking on a ton of guys who would throw her against a wall is kind of silly. But here’s the thing – that’s fiction. And anyone with sense knows that. Real combat, especially in the modern era, is so much different. The reality is that you will hardly ever see combatants like in a CoD game shooting each other at damn-near point blank range. In war you typically have combatants exchanging fire over huge amounts of distance and firing a ton of shots with very few hitting home. Real war is messy, and complicated. This isn’t Hollywood, and people know this.
But when you hear stories about the Kurdish women fighting ISIS and scoring real victories against them, or how women in Eastern Europe are forming militias that can stand up under fire, it really makes this argument that women should be discourage from serving not only sound kind of stupid, but more than a little sexist. Can’t wait to see who calls me an SJW for that. I said that an opinion someone has is sexist. It’s true. And I believe it too. This guy is a sexist idiot who can’t look at reality and see that things are not as simple as rejecting the stereotypes in Hollywood.
Now look, I do firmly believe that the military shouldn’t lower their standards for women. If you want to serve in a combat role, then you damn well should prove that you can measure up. That’s only fair. Demands for those roles are high, and those who want to take on that responsibility should have to prove themselves. But while there are going to be less women up to the task than there are men, I whole-heartedly know that such women exist.
The real thing that irks me about the attitude of that guy is that that is part of the reason that the military has such a huge problem with sexual assault. Sex crimes in the military is a fucking epidemic. I can’t disclose what I have been told about what they tell women who join up behind closed doors about how to protect themselves, but it is scary stuff. Now granted, there are plenty of guys in the military who have just as much respect for the women they serve with as men. But it’s like the cops. You have a job that promotes gung-ho male toughness, you’re gonna get a lot of dumb-shit masculine guys with more penis blood than brain blood.
But the tide may be turning. Now that women are being allowed into combat roles, things might get better. For the women looking to serve, just make sure when you go places, you never go alone. Build up a network of people you can trust. It’s only smart. See, unlike the people who say we need to tell men not to rape, I tell you to take sensible precautions because you are in a field where there are plenty of guys who only think with their cocks and leave their morals at the door.
I honestly would love to see the guy who made that video say that shit to one of the Kurdish women fighters. They’d probably punch him in the dick.
Until next time, a quote,
“We have women in the military, but they don’t put us on the front lines. They don’t know if we can fight, if we can kill. I think we can. All the general has to do is walk over to the women and say, ‘you see the enemy over there? They say you look fat in those uniforms.'” – Elayne Boosler