Testimony of Col. John W. Ripley to the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces
Posted By Jennie Chancey on February 2, 2013
This testimony is nearly 20 years old but so relevant right now:
I feel I have a basis upon which to comment, and I would like to read this statement: First of all, this subject should not be argued from the standpoint of gender differences. It should not be argued from the standpoint of female rights or even desires.As important as these issues are, I think they pale in the light of the protection of femininity, motherhood, and what we have come to appreciate in Western culture as the graceful conduct of women.We simply do not want our women to fight. We simply do not want them to be subjected to the indescribable, unless you have been there, the horrors of the battlefield.