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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.

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Two women with extensive military experience<-->Fenner is an Air Force colonel, and deYoung is a lay campus minister who served in the Army for eight years<-->debate whether women should be fully integrated into combat units. Fenner argues that the US military should reflect the democratic society it serves, which means allowing women to serve in any position for which they're qualified. deYoung believes that serving in combat would be a personal and social disaster for women. In alternating chapters, they trade views on issues such as the physical requirements of combat, the mental and emotional stresses of war, women's opportunities for promotion in the military, and women's rights and responsibilities as citizens. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878408634
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 8/9/2001
  • Series: Controversies in Public Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 472,647
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorry M. Fenner is a colonel (select) in the U.S. Air Force and the deputy commander of the 694th Intelligence Group.

Marie deYoung, the director of the Newman Catholic Center at Northeast Missouri State University, has served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army. The author of This Woman's Army: The Dynamics of Sex and Violence in the Military (Hellgate Press, 2000), she is currently researching issues surrounding education and the military.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface Rita J. Simon

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

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

Part Three ReflectionsResponse to deYoung Lorry M. FennerResponse to Fenner Marie E. deYoung

Index

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