Why women can't do combat

The Happy Feminist zips through argument after argument as to why women shouldn't enter combat.

Eyes may roll (and please, by all means roll them into the comments...) and questions may come as to why a woman would spend precious time and energy arguing themselves into war. Fact is, if you look at the arguments they look just like arguments against equality in just about every other cultural arena. Or, more precisely, they're thinly-veiled arguments as to why women are just plain inferior.

Some examples:
It's worse when women die or suffer hardship than when men die or suffer hardship. Not true. All human life is equally valuable. My husband's life is worth just as much as mine.
Few question the "women and children" line. As in: they're killing women and children. Children sure, and women when they're non-combatants (which has often been the case) but in general? It's always been a bit offensive to me.
Women might get raped if they are captured during war.
As THF points out, so can men.

And then there's my favorite for all-around stupidity (in fact, I'd like to talk to the person who makes this argument): Allowing women to be subject to violence by the enemy is tantamount to a cultural endorsement of violence against women generally. (TheHappyFeminist; hat tip: Pandagon)

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