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Lillie Ring
4/12 discussion
Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:02pm
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I have decided to do my issue paper on women in combat MOSs. There are people for, and there are people against women in the front lines. People who are against it bring up topics like lack of emotional control, potential sexual harassment, needs during a menstrual cycle, frailty of a womanís mind. Those that are for women in combat MOSs bring up arguments like equality, strength and determination of women, and the additional views women offer.

One of the biggest factors I have seen while researching this topic is potential sexual harassment and safety hazards. When units deploy, they are away from friends and family, and things get lonely. For the combat MOSs, it there were women, the men might target them both physically and emotionally; emotionally, giving them a hard time, and physically, being harder on the females. They say that women canít take the stress that comes with the job of bring in the front lines. Some say that men wonít be able to recover from seeing a female die, than a male. And others bring up the menstrual cycle, saying that women are in more need of some things this during things period that would either be a distraction to others, or an interruption of training.

On the other side, equality is the biggest argument. Support for equality has grown so much over the past few years. Both men and women want to see women given the choice to go into a combat MOS. Feminists say that when it comes down to it, women have much more strength and determination than what society realizes. Some believe that women are stronger than men in some circumstances. Women could also offer a different view to the situation because men and women do think differently.

This topic is aimed towards women in the military finally being able to have free range on what they want to do in the Army. Someone reading my paper might be impacted by receiving both sides of a heated debate. This topic can get quite heated if both extremes are near. Anyone on the fence about which side they are on would be able to make a more knowledgeable opinion.

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