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Read This: Women: The Private War of Women Soldiers
March 7, 2007, 1:09 pm
Filed under: criminal justice, feminism/s & gender, sexuality, war

Salon’s got a fascinating and disturbing article up about the experiences of American women soldiers in Iraq. These brave women face sexual assault and rape from fellow soldiers — so much so that they try to avoid going to the latrine at night for fear they might be attacked. For example:

There are only three kinds of female the men let you be in the military: a bitch, a ho or a dyke,” said [Mickiela] Montoya, the soldier who carried a knife for protection. “This guy out there, he told me he thinks the military sends women over to give the guys eye candy to keep them sane. He said in Vietnam they had prostitutes to keep them from going crazy, but they don’t have those in Iraq. So they have women soldiers instead.”

And though the Department of Defense has tried to address the problem by setting up a new website and holding classes, the assaults continue and women continue to face blocks to reporting.

Read the whole article here.

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[…] Monday March 19th 2007, 3:42 pm Filed under: feminism/s & gender, tongues, war, news I blogged the other week about Salon.com’s coverage of women in Iraq. The article, which focused on the sexual abuse […]

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