Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Are women victims or not?

On the one hand, the Violence Against Women Act must be renewed, and on the other, Women in Combat!

The same day that Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, announces more frontline combat jobs will be open to women, Valerie Jarrett, the President's favorite advisor, calls for Congress to reauthorize the Act that was originally passed in 1994. The Act focuses on domestic abuse and provides support for law enforcement and immigrants who need protection. See Jarrett: 'If There's One Thing We Should All Agree On, It's Protecting Women From Violence'.

It's an interesting juxtaposition of interests. What is the message? Women are victims and need protection from abusive partners, but women are equal to men and can hold their own on the battlefield? Can both of these be true at the same time?

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