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  •  Re the hygiene. (16+ / 0-)

    Years ago, another such proposal surfaced and Newt killed it by saying that women couldn't possibly serve in combat because of their "monthly problem."

    My very sweet and absolute favorite Male Chavenist Pig of a retired Air Force father said "See? See! That's why women can't serve!"

    Let's ignore for a moment that this can be handled by a pill a day.

    And just say, as I said to him, "Dad, no female soldier is going to bounce up in the middle of a fire fight and yell, 'Hey, guys, stop a minute, I have to change my tampon!'  Any more than a male soldier with the trots is going to holler, 'Guys! Can we put it in pause a minute while I run to the latrine?' No, they're both going to keep shooting, and when the shooting stops, they'll clean themselves up. Menstration can be a bit messy, Dad. It's not debilitating. You can pick up a gun and fire it even if you're leaking a little blood down there.Got that?"

    You should have seen his face. A dear man, but so damn clueless.

    Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

    by Sirenus on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:49:08 AM PST

    •  For males of a certain age this was also (2+ / 0-)
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      the favorite "reason" why a woman could never be president.

      •  Nope. That was because of "raging hormonal (0+ / 0-)

        influences", not a few teaspoons of blood.

        PMS, you know. Once a month, we women go off the deep end and run around smashing windows, kicking babies, and biting dogs.  

        Can't have a woman "under the influence" with her finger on the nuclear button. A guy with Alzheimers? Sure. A vain, stupid idiot who was thrilled to start a war because "the best president's a war president's!" problem.

        Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

        by Sirenus on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:51:12 PM PST

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    •  And they don't realize that sometimes it stops (1+ / 0-)
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      My sister in law is a fire fighter / paramedic.  She can run up 6 flights of stairs carrying 100 pounds of gear and she can carry a full grown adult out of harm's way - male or female.  She's 5'7" and weighs 150 pounds, but looks like she weighs 110 at the most.  No body fat, all muscle - when she was in training, she stopped menstruating for over a year. It's common among female athletes.  She still works out - its part of how she keeps in shape - she just doesn't get her period as often as the rest of us do.  Tends to happen whenever she gets vacation time, de-stresses and goofs off without keeping up her fitness routine.  Her doctor said its normal for her, so not to worry about it too much.  

      Women in combat training and actual combat probably don't experience a regular cycle either.  And these days, unless they have health issues related to their reproductive system, they've shown women can take the pill for 6 months or more without the placebo week break every month without any problems.  And women aren't as likely these days to go off and have the "vapors" like their mothers and grandmothers did - having your period is just like any other day for a great many women.  

      Men just get too weirded out by it.  Like if a female cohort is carrying tampons in her rucksack, they're going to have some nasty, ball shriveling effect on him or something.  They need to get over it - it's just a bodily function, like pooping and peeing.  My father wouldn't have bought a box of Kotex for my mother or me if you held a gun to his head, but my son will get a box of tampons for my daughter in law, if they are on the grocery list.  It's no biggie, these days.  Or it shouldn't be.  

      "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

      by Ricochet67 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:51:17 PM PST

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