I am the weaker sex.
No amount of physical exertion or long hours at the gym will match me pound for pound against a man. So to think that I, or any other woman, can make it in a man’s physical world is ridiculous and dangerous.
However, in our nation’s own Military that is exactly what they expect or at least were expecting.
In June of 2013, the Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles and hoped to have them integrated into these positions by 2016. The Pentagon responded to criticism that women weren’t physically qualified by saying that all military personnel, both male and female, would have to complete gender neutral tests in order to qualify for front-line combat roles.
Still, some pointed out that if women couldn’t pass the physical tests required that the Pentagon would try to lower the standards in order to make sure women were able to fill these front-line positions.
Fast-forward to January 2014 and this debate is hotter than ever now that a new Marine Corps’ physical fitness rule that was supposed to go into effect January 1, which required female recruits to do at least 3 pull-ups, was failed by over half of all female Marines at boot-camp. The Marine Corps, in response to this massive failure, have decided to delay the implementation of this new rule “indefinitely” due to concerns over losing female recruits.
They want these same women to be able to fight on the front-lines? Really?
3 pull-ups. Not 10 not 20–just 3 pull-ups.
An out of shape man who hasn’t exercised in 10 years could do 3 pull-ups on a bad day, but these female Marines who hope to fight alongside their male counterparts on the front-lines can’t even do 3 pull-ups.
Now don’t get me wrong; I believe there are many things that women can do equally well as men (and should be allowed to do and be paid equally), I believe there are many things that women can do better than men, and I believe there are things that women can do that men can’t do. However, when it comes to a woman’s physical prowess the average, or even above average woman, cannot compete in a man’s world. If we could, women would play in the NFL and there would be no need for gender specific sports.
I am sure there are a few women out there who could pulverize the average man, but for the most part women just aren’t cut out to fight a man’s war. God made us the weaker sex and the weaker sex we will stay.
This is about nature–not sexism.