Demystifying the "Feminine Mythtique": Or, Women and Combat can Mix

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Authors
  1. Febbraro, A.R.
  2. McCann, C.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This paper is a response to “The Feminine Mythtique” (Gazette on the Net, 15 May 2002), wherein Colonel William T. Hewes, (USMC, Ret) argues that women do not belong in combat. We argue that Col Hewes presents his vies in such a way as to suggest that they are self-evident truths, rather than debatable opinions. Indeed, we suggest that Col Hewes reproduces several myths about women and combat that require demystification. Using scientific and objective evidence, we challenge Col Hewes’ claim that because combat service is not a civil right, it need not apply to women; that combat is the natural province of men, not women; and that the presence of women in mixed-gender combat units necessarily undermines unit bonding, cohesion, and performance. We also briefly address Col Hewes’ remarks regarding the effects of sexuality on bonding and unit cohesion. We conclude that arguments for the exclusion of women in combat ignore a solid body of scientific evidence, as well as the historical record, demonstrating women’s combat effectiveness in numerous operational contexts.

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Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-SL-2002-150 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
12 Aug 2002
Number of Pages
5
Reprinted from
Marine Corps Gazette "On the Net", 2002
DSTKIM No
CA025704
CANDIS No
523407
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CD ROM

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