Women in combat no victory

January 30, 2013

Feminism is not about allowing women to fight in direct combat ("Military ceiling lifted," Jan. 25). Let's not be fooled by the smoke and mirrors campaign of leveling the playing field for servicewomen. Women need equal pay and equal voices, not equal opportunities to kill other people.

Women know what happens in war since we are often the direct targets of bombings, rape, and torture. Let's not celebrate this so-called victory of allowing our nation's poor women of color go and kill other poor women of color in the name of empire.

This is not a step forward. War does not bring peace. We are no more in favor of women in combat than men in combat. Ban both sexes from killing people!

Willa Bickham and Kate Walsh-Little, Baltimore

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