Stu sends us a link to an article by Darlene M Iskra at Time’s Battleland in which poor little Darlene has confused actual reality with Hollywood’s reality. Reading the article about the possibility of allowing women in the ranks of the Navy’s SEALs, you can almost hear Darlene creaming all over herself. She also includes an image of a shorn Demi Moore in her role as “GI Jane” as well as a video clip from the movie.
I believe that is an accurate depiction of what any woman who tries this will have to endure. It is not for the weak of heart. As I stated in my December 21 post, now we just have to wait for the right women to volunteer and put themselves on the line.
As reactions to my previous posts have shown, there is a remarkable resistance by men to any change in personnel policy.
Yeah, well, i think it’s a movie, and just because the ACTORS in a MOVIE tried to keep the ACTRESS in a MOVIE from making it in SEAL training in a MOVIE, that doesn’t mean that REAL instructors will do the same. Obviously, Darlene hasn’t met any real SEALs, but that doesn’t stop her from making outrageous claims.
The Navy’s implementation plan is due to the defense secretary by May 15, and the plan for integration of Special Operations not until January 2016. By then I hope that women who desire these assignments will be in training, in preparation for what will be viewed through a microscope by those who want to see them fail.
But ladies: “Don’t give up the ship!”
As in, don’t give it up for lost and abandon it. At least one of you will prevail.
So, why don’t you do it, Darlene, since it’s so important for some reason to all of womanhood? I have no problem with female SEALs who meet the established standard. I couldn’t, even at my best several decades ago, but the problem here is that people who have n intention of taking part in the training are the only ones pushing this shit.
If anything, movies like “GI Jane” only serve to scare women away from these positions, and the media’s treatment of entertainment as reality only perpetuate the toxic myths about people who are currently serving.
Category: Military issues