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Between Feminism and Gun Control, Women Are Screwed

Mid-20th century Feminism has taught us that women don’t need men, that we can do anything men can do from business to close combat, that taking on the worst behavior of promiscuous men is desirable, and that we can avoid the physical and emotional consequences that result.  Chivalry is long since dead: Feminism declared it the relic of an oppressive patriarchal society rather than what it was: a standard that held women up in order to protect them.  And they have convinced themselves that any differences between the sexes exist because they have been artificially imposed by men.  Meanwhile men have been emasculated and fathers relegated to mere sperm donors.

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Michelle Rodriguez in “SWAT.”

Has anyone noticed all the heroines in our films and television shows in recent years?  No longer are chivalrous men protecting vulnerable women.  From Alias to La Femme Nikita to any female-centric film you can name, the women are portrayed as fighting machines (with guns), often rescuing their male counterparts.  You know these films.  Michelle Rodriguez plays the same exact cardboard badass in so many of them.  They take down fighting man after fighting man.  But this is all fiction – take it from a female black belt and Iraq War veteran.  And don’t get me started on that twig LeeLee Sobieski on NYC22 playing a veteran who can take down street thugs.  The reality is that even Rhonda Rousey isn’t put in the ring with male fighters.

If women could do the same things men can, there wouldn’t be separate standards for them in police work, firefighting, and the military, or as is true in some cases, lower standards for both sexes that women can pass.  Most women can’t wield the fire hose, carry a 200-lb man off the battlefield, or take down a male criminal.  The last example was proved just recently when a female cop was overpowered by a criminal who had been taken into custody.  He stole her gun and three cops were shot.

Yes, some women are stronger than some men, but they are never stronger than strong men, and a woman without a weapon is no match for a man who wants to do her harm, even if she knows how to fight.  I earned that black belt, I became a Marine, I went to the combat zone.  But I also got cancer, and what happens when you can no longer physically fight?  What if you don’t want to fight?  How many women or moms, married or not, have time to train to become proficient fighters to be ready for that one random time the criminal comes at them in the parking lot?  You need to be able to own a weapon for self-defense if you choose.  You need to be able to nullify the threat before it comes down to hand-to-hand combat.

RhondaRouseyNo matter how much the Feminists rail, and no matter how many times Hollywood portrays heroic fighting women, women are the weaker sex.  This doesn’t mean lesser, it just means physically weaker and that’s a fact no amount of affirmative action or double standards can change.  Leave it to hypocritical liberals and feminists to ignore scientific reality in favor of the brave new world they want to force into existence.  You would think that girl-power philosophy would extend to empowering women to protect ourselves with any weapon available, especially after teaching us for so long that we don’t need men.  But no, the hypocrisy is ubiquitous.  Women don’t need men and they don’t need weapons either.  Feminism thus fails women.

Existing and new gun control laws coupled with Feminist ideals just means that we all have to become fighters, whether we want to or not. A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle until a strong man decides to take advantage of her and/or her children.  For 50 years now we’ve been taught that government will fill that void, but of course, the police usually come only come after a crime has been committed.  And now the cop might be some chick who made it on a double standard who gets overpowered by the criminal in your home.  Without a strong man to provide for and protect her, she not only must be a bread-winner, she must be a black belt – unless she can arm herself for protection.  Guns are the real equalizer between the sexes.

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A Marine Story – the movie

It’s too bad that the first movie ever made about a female Marine has to be about a lesbian for the anti-Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell and LGBT crowd – now comically called “GLBTQIA” gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual, questioning, intersexed and asexual.  I think I’ll start a group called AWEWTBAPOSBIA:  the Anyone Who Ever Wanted To Be A Part Of Something But Isn’t Already club.  (To my gay friends, just teasing!)  Or how about: MWASOFMABPATBGIM: Military Who Are Sick of the Military Always Being Portrayed as the Bad Guy in Movies.  But I digress.

Those curious computers at Netflix somehow thought that this film was related to my search of WWII documentaries.  Those crazy kids in love!  Not quite, but seeing the title A Marine Story with a smart-looking gal on the cover, and being myself a female Marine Iraq war vet, I added it to my queue.  I didn’t realize until after when I found the website that it was about “the absurdity of the military ban on gays through the personal story of one courageous woman.”[1].

So I watched the story unfold without preconceived notions, and there was a lot I really liked about it.  Dreya Weber is great to watch with her incredible physique which she gets from being an aerialist and gymnast.  I mean, I wanted to be her and she reminded me of how I felt during boot camp, active duty and deployment.  Ooorah!  Her acting’s not bad either, her Drill Instructor mode brought me right back to Oscar Company, Parris Island.  As a former Tae Kwon Do buff and kung-fu movie-geek I have to say there was nothing phony about the bar fight in the film.  And of course, I loved the themes of breaking through yours barriers – within and without.

Then there’s the whole point of the movie, which is that Dreya Weber’s character is a closeted lesbian who married for cover to a male gay Marine, was abused, set up and tossed out of the Marine Corps for being gay.

I may have to take exception to what I said before about watching this movie without preconceived notions.  When I see a film that’s about the military, I can’t help but wonder:  How will this one ridicule, discredit or demoralize the military?  That seems to be one characteristic, with a few exceptions usually involving WWII, that Hollywood movies about the military seem to share.

You have your Platoon and Full Metal Jackets.  Or for one more recent like The Brothers – where they scripted that the officer beats his lance corporal to death when a gun is put to his head by their terrorist captors.  I guess they didn’t think portraying in detail what it might be like to be a hostage to the Taliban was enough.  More PTSD!  And it doesn’t matter that no Marines or anyone else kidnapped by terrorists has done this kind of thing.  It could happen!  We need to portray how bad war is!  We have to portray the darkest darkness of the human soul!  For the chaps and dames making these movies with their penetrating anti-war themes, there was no World War II, no Holocaust, and there’s no need to fight those nasty folks strapping bombs to themselves and hijacking airplanes to fly into buildings.

A Marine Story is more like the Rambo category where the main character is military or former military, so he’s a highly skilled stud, but the military that made him a highly skilled stud is bad.  Dreya’s character Sam is told in one-on-one meetings in a superior’s office with no council, that she has to prove that she’s straight to avoid a charge of conduct unbecoming of an officer.  To do this, according to the script’s setup, she would have to say that she’d had a hetero affair or let the superior officer have sex with her.

Here’s where I realize I may have to take another exception with regard to preconceived notions because of my own experience.  When I was an active duty Marine (2004-2008) there were so many things in place to prevent exactly this type of situation.  When a woman is doing any thing from a doctor’s exam to being charged, there is always a third person involved.  In being examined it’s a nurse of the same sex.  In the case of sexual harassment and assault, there are people whose sole purpose is to support women who have been abused or assaulted, with great care to executing justice while protecting confidentiality.  The military doesn’t want to be a place where women are hurt any more than any other business, and has been made to be just as politically correct as the rest of society.

A Marine Story also paints an ideal of female Marines.  The women who fit this ideal are indeed the Drill Instructors, and they are rare.  Drill Instructors inspire my complete awe.  As much as we didn’t sleep during boot-camp, they slept less.  As hard as we worked, they worked harder, ran longer, ran harder, pushed more.  To me they are like gladiators, and they are very few.

This movie is not a true story of a courageous woman.  Just A story.


[1] Official movie site: http://www.amarinestorymovie.com


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