hrh has a diary up at Daily Kos* that reminds us that while the media loves beautiful dead girls, they only love those who are victims. But there’s another kind of dead girl the media prefers not to talk about.
We hear a lot about beautiful dead girls in the US media. Here are some that we haven’t heard about much. Their smiles haven’t been plastered over the supermarket tabloid press, and they’re not likely to be. One of the reasons is that they don’t fit the popular stereotype of beautiful-woman-as-helpless-victim. Another reason is that many people still haven’t focused on the reality of women in the military. Even here on DKos, I see comments about “sons and fathers” who have been killed and maimed. Almost NO MENTION of women in the military.
hrh then includes the photos and brief bios of a number of young women serving in the military who were killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. To a woman, they loved their jobs. Most of them were described as having a sense of adventure, as working hard, as striving, as being strong. In other words, not the kind of dead girl who makes a convenient vessel for all of our cultural baggage and blame and shame. When a woman is killed by a roadside IED while doing her job, it’s hard to heap the kind of cultural opprobation on her that we would have found so easy to do had she been killed after a night out at a club.
Now, granted, the media doesn’t talk much about the men in the military who are getting killed or maimed, and the administration has done its best to throw a curtain over the whole process by which caskets are brought back for burial. But women disappear from the equation entirely, even when live soldiers and Marines are under discussion, unless they can somehow be cast as victims again — such as in the case of Jessica Lynch, or when it turns out that many of the bottom-of-the-barrel recruiters pressed into service have been treating the recruiting office as a casting couch.
There are many more. If you want to see their names and how and where they died, go to Coalition Casualties and search on “Female”.
I’d like everyone who has some kind of problem with feminism to look long and hard at the faces of these women and consider the fact that they died for YOU and they were doing a man’s job.
You don’t have to be for the war, or even particularly pro-military to recognize that these women are doing a traditionally male job and are doing so under the most dangerous of conditions. It’s simply unacceptable that they should be swept under the rug just because they don’t fit the narrative.
* I know, I know.
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