Simone de Beauvoir must be turning in her grave. Is it some kind of sick joke? After years, decades, nay centuries of effort to get gender equality into our social order, women have now achieved that great accolade – for which, as far as I know, they never strived – they have been granted the chance to be given frontline combat roles in the armed forces.
Sicker and sicker. Although there have been women with background roles in the armed forces before, women in the UK can now be deployed at the very front of where the action is with a primary role to kill.
So from our traditional life-giving roles, which we have taken for granted for too long, we now have arrived at that apogee of equality, we have been given the wonderful chance to be life-takers.
Oh joy. All the women throughout the ages, suffragettes, Greenham Common women, technological innovators, we/they have all now failed.
I have called myself a feminist with pride, but what I really was yearning for was the chance to make the world a better place, a place in which a woman’s touch would turn this planet into a peaceful place. I have never supported war in any guise, and do not recognise that there is any ‘just war’ and it is never right to take life.