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Women In Combat / Edition 1
     

Women In Combat / Edition 1

by Lorry M. Fenner, Marie E. deYoung
 

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ISBN-10: 0878408630

ISBN-13: 9780878408634

Pub. Date: 08/09/2001

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

Women have been actively involved the United States military for more than fifty years, but the ban on their participation in combat remains a hotly debated issue. In this provocative book Lorry M. Fenner, an active-duty Air Force intelligence officer, calls for opening all aspects of military service to women. Marie deYoung, a former Army chaplain, argues that

Overview

Women have been actively involved the United States military for more than fifty years, but the ban on their participation in combat remains a hotly debated issue. In this provocative book Lorry M. Fenner, an active-duty Air Force intelligence officer, calls for opening all aspects of military service to women. Marie deYoung, a former Army chaplain, argues that keeping women out of combat is in the best interests of both sexes and crucial to the effectiveness of the military as a whole.

Fenner bases her argument for inclusion of women on the idea that democracies require all citizens to compete in public endeavor and share in civic obligation. She contends that, historically, reasons for banning women from combat have been culturally biased. She argues that membership in a combat force should be based on capability judged against appropriate standards. Moreover, she maintains that excluding women hampers the diversity and adaptability that by necessity will characterize the armed forces in the twenty-first century.

In contrast, deYoung declares that the different physical fitness standards for men and women would, in combat, lower morale for both sexes and put women at risk of casualty. Further, she contends that women have neither the physical or emotional strength to endure the overall brutality of the combat experience. She also asserts that calls for lifting the combat ban are politically motivated and are inconsistent with the principles of American democracy and the mission of national defense.

With each author responding to the views of the other, their exchange offers a valuable synthesis of the issues surrounding a longstanding debate among policymakers, military personnel, and scholars of both military history and women’s studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878408634
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
08/09/2001
Series:
Controversies in Public Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
0.50(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Editor's PrefaceRita J. Simon

Part One Moving Targets: Women's Roles in the U.S. Military in the 21st CenturyLorry M. FennerSelected Bibliography

Part Two A Feminist Analysis in Support of the U.S. Army Ground Combat Exclusion for WomenMarie E. deYoungReferences

Part Three ReflectionsResponse to deYoungLorry M. FennerResponse to FennerMarie E. deYoung

Index

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