Women on the Frontline - Persuasive Essay

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All’s fair in work and war

It’s an age old argument, men are all around better than women. For decades a women’s job was in the kitchen, cooking meals or taking care of the children although for most of us these views are now outdated. The army however seems to think they still apply. Looking back though history we read of Joan of Arc, the French freedom fighter and of the Sufferage movements and we see women throughout the ages were getting involved with fighting and politics of war. The argument over whether to allow women on the frontlines of warfare has been highly discussed over the past few years but still in today’s “equal society” women are not being given the same opportunities as men. Around the world, countries
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However if we look at the number of women in prison for murder or any violent offence we soon see this is not the case. Women have the mental capacity to kill another and this line of denial that our military top dogs are taking is ridiculous. As their second line of defence they will resort to the argument that: women are not strong to serve on the frontline. This is an unfounded debate. It is correct in that some women do not show the physical prowess of their male colleagues. But then again, there are plenty that do. Also the military training would work the same for women as it does for men in the way that women who meet the standards required of them would be drafted in the others would be let go.

This argument is reinforced by a statement from Australian Defence Minister “If an individual woman has got the physical, mental and psychological capacity to do a job, then if they can do the job on merit, pass the same standards that a man passes, qualify in the same way a man does, then she should not be excluded”. We also see that none of countries that have already allowed women to serve in there militaries, like Australia and the USA, have went back on their decision and withdrawn any rulings so something must be going right.

The only debate, I find that has any basis to it is the possibility of sexual harassment towards female soldiers. However, isn’t what would happen within the army is just
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