There’s an excellent new book out by a gentlemen who is a member of our Europe-focused Mannerbunde, and which I wanted to review.
The book is titled Women In Combat, and is written by the author Mark C. Atkins. Basically, the book breaks down the idea of having women serve in the military, especially in combat roles, and the myriad reasons such a thing is misguided/destructive/naïve/harmful/etc.
The issue itself has gotten a decent amount of attention in recent years, as a moderately-voiced concomitant of the overall ‘feminist’ arc of our society. I think the most noteworthy example of when the issue underwent mainstream debate was in the GOP Primaries in 2015-2016.
I remember well an occasion during those primaries- during a GOP debate– when the question was raised. Jeb Bush and Chris Christie proceeded to not only each support the idea, but to argue over who was more in favor of subjecting women to the selective service/draft.
Each seemed to take the issue as the perfect equation to virtue-signal their progressiveness on the issues of “gender”, and the ensuing argument over who supported the idea more was as cringe-inducing as it was incredible. At this point women are not yet being subjected to signing up for the selective service/draft in America, yet women in the military and women in combat is an idea that has absolutely become mainstream, and it is that idea that Mr. Atkins breaks down in the book.
Women In Combat
Atkins begins the book thus:
“Combat is an extension of man’s unique human nature, and because of woman’s unique nature she never has succeeded, is not now succeeding, and never shall succeed in this arena. Thousands of years of recorded history and an ocean of anecdotal evidence support this obvious observation.
Yet here we are today seriously discussing whether or not we should institutionalize women in combat in the United States military.”
Atkins goes over the history of combat and violence and the history of militaries, demonstrating over and over again the myriad reasons women have historically been separate from such things.
He quotes The Iliad, quotes various past military commanders, as well as a number of studies.
One such quote goes:
“I went so far as to reflect on one campaign in particular, the Chosin Reservoir, forty years ago. December 1950, North Korea. Probably the greatest—one of the greatest epics of all times. 1st Marine Division, confronting eight Chinese divisions spread out over a long thirty-five to forty-mile linear disposition, north-east—north-south. In extreme cold, −25. Winds out of Siberia bringing the wind chill factor down into God knows what. Mountains. Constant attacking—they attacking us, we attacking them. For days, night and day. Death all about. Frostbite, inadequate clothing. I said, ‘Suppose we had 15% women, 20% women.’ My supposing led me to say I wouldn’t be here. I guess Kim Il-sung would be taking care of my bones along with everybody else’s in North Korea.”
— Gen. Robert Barrow, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, 1991
As one can imagine, the case is quite convincing.
Why Is This An Issue?
The reason this is even being discussed today seems to me to be the same reason so many other insane ideas are discussed. This is the fact that we are currently living in so much prosperity and safety that we have lost touch with reality.
Even though there is still war and death, it has been outsourced to 1% of 1% of men, and therefore 99.9% of the population is totally insulated from it. We are similarly divorced from the source of our food (killing animals), the source of our safety (physical violence towards criminals in the form of policing), the source of our civilizational power (the sacrifices and suffering of our ancestors), etc. This has given rise of things like Progressivism and radical feminism, which are the root causes Atkins seems to blame for the rise of women in the military and women in combat.
This is a great book and if you are interested in questions revolving around the military, the culture wars, progressivism, feminism, history, the future, etc, I would heartily recommend it!