After a yearlong review the Pentagon recently announced that they would open more frontline combat roles to women serving in the United States military. In the past, women in the military have been held back from advancement due to their service restrictions in battle. However, a lot has changed over the course of our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, where, according to the New York Times, over 140 women lost their lives serving our country. Servicewomen’s roles expanded far beyond the nurses’ station. Now the diversity of the frontlines should reflect that.
However, these strides in gender equality could be seriously stunted if Rick Santorum somehow sneaks his way into office. The former Pennsylvania Senator, and possible GOP nominee, feels as though women at the frontlines would distract the men. Santorum isn’t gauche enough to suggest that the fairer sex would distract men with their curves, but he does believe that their presence would bring out the natural chivalrousness of the male soldiers. Of course, this type of behavior would lead to failed missions and decreased national security.
Thankfully we have Jon Stewart, and the aid of virtual reenactment, to demonstrate the asinine opinions of Rick Santorum.