Stewart On Military Women: “War Is Easier When It’s All Dudes — You Don’t Have To Care About Each Other”
1:37 pm, February 15th | by Amy Tennery
Last week we learned that presidential candidate Rick Santorum was concerned about women’s “more unique” emotions and how they might interfere in a combat situation. Santorum raised these concerns after the Pentagon announced it was changing its guidelines, allowing more women on the front lines of combat.
But Santorum’s thoughts weren’t limited to “more unique” emotions or their grammatical improbability. He was also concerned that if women were in combat, men might try to be “protective” over them — you know, like, look out for them and cover each others’ backs and work together as a team and have camaraderie and other chick stuff like that.
Of course, nowadays male soldiers generally use other male soldiers as human shields, flinging the smaller, more throwable male soldiers in front of each other to act as a diversion. Male soldiers, typically, do not feel protective about other male soldiers and it’s precisely that lack of accountability to one another that’s made the U.S. armed forces the military powerhouse it is today. “Band of Brothers?” More like, “Band of Whatshisfaces,” amiright?
Jon Stewart wasn’t taking this lying down. He too tackled the problems that may emerge if women and their unique emotions and lipstick or whatever worm their way onto the front lines. Put simply, male soldiers will be too polite to their female counterparts — right before they rape them.