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Feminism shows forces that tug at everyday choices

Based upon interviews with a “dozen female soldiers and Marines,” the article “Women’s military roles slow to evolve” (Page A9, Jan. 6) suggests that women have “little interest in the toughest fighting jobs.” Setting aside that a dozen people hardly qualifies as a meaningful sample, and that, as noted, “plenty of men don’t want to be in the infantry either,” the article intimates that the goal of full integration of women into the military reflects a feminist agenda that is out of touch with women’s lived realities.

This belittles feminism’s important work. There is no nefarious plot to force women into combat positions. Rather, among other endeavors,
feminists seek to uncover the contingent nature of what often appears to be natural choices.

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