Are Women too Stupid to Make Careful Decisions? No.
In 2007, with the support of commander-in-chief George W. Bush, the Secretary of the Navy announced that women were to be integrated into the U.S. submarine fleet. Admiral Mike Mullen, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supports the idea, as do Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations.
Well, thank your god for Concerned Women for America. Once again, they’ve drawn from their bottomless reserve of concern, speaking nonsense to power. In this case, they lament the idea that women should be allowed into the silent service. I read about it on the Christian News Wire, in an article with what may be the best headline of all time:
To be sure, there are concerns that need to be addressed in order to successfully put women on subs. Quarters are close, personal space limited. However, the bogus arguments proffered by CWA in yesterday’s release are a different kettle of fish:
“No other assignment exposes women to a constantly recycled atmosphere of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and more than 200 potentially toxic chemicals. Those contaminants remain even with filtering. While normal adults can adjust to this environment, a developing child in the first trimester cannot, and the levels of carbon dioxide that crewmembers are exposed to can be linked to birth defects. Also, no study has been done to determine the impact of this environment on a woman’s fertility.”
That’s right. They’ve taken time away from speaking up for extant fetuses to speak up for not-yet-fetuses. What they don’t seem to understand is that there are many human beings – the living, breathing kind – who risk their lives to defend this country. Well aware of the dangers they face, they bravely commit to serve anyway.
Concerned Women for America is essentially arguing – in contradiction to the conclusions of naval and overall military leaders of two administrations – that women are somehow less equipped to understand those risks. Oh the delicious, cruel irony. I hope that whatever man is obviously making the tough policy decisions for CWA took the time to explain this one in words simple enough for the little ladies there to understand.
I’m not saying CWA has chutzpah, but you’d never catch me making the argument that all women suffer from a complete lack of judgment. No way. Commodore Snarly and I offer a hearty “fuck you!” to CWA and the Christian “News” Wire for their public espousal of troglodytic beliefs.