There are a couple of parts to this blog post that I feel are related so I will contain it all here. ‘Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises’
has been doing very well and the majority of reviews have been ‘5 Star’ and very positive. There have been a couple of reviews that really miss the point. This morning I woke up and was disgusted by a review I read – and this was not because of any criticism of the book, but because of what the guy was saying about women.
At the risk of drawing too much attention to the 2 star review titled ‘Feminazi fantasy prepper utopia’ I have a few things to say. I may get a little ‘Mountain Guerrilla John Mosby’ on you, but I will try and edit out the cussing after I write this post! I was so motivated by this review that I went on Amazon and left a comment on it. This is what I said:
“This review is disgusting. I felt compelled as the author to comment. It is entirely misogynistic. The reviewer even supports pedophilia and rape. I am appalled by this review and I have reported it. I hope it is removed. I would rather people like this did not read my books (comments about poor grammar & composition aside, in the ignorance of the reviewer of correct English!)
As a combat veteran I know where females have strengths and weaknesses in both military training and combat. I have expressed this accurately in the book with some of the women not ‘making the grade’ but others do and subsequently excel. Some of the female characters, who are strong American woman to be proud of, just as some of the male characters are, are based on people that I know or have known. The characters are realistic and the reviewer is a weak misogynistic woman-hater who I have no time for. Get off my Amazon page! A true American male is not threatened by a strong American woman, he would be proud of such.
In my outrage, I further looked into this guy’s other reviews and it turns out that he broke a chair rated for 300lbs and complained about it, giving it a poor review. He most likely is a hugely fat useless misogynist who will likely die in a pile of his own pizza and Doritos. His comments about the relationship between the book’s main character and his wife clearly point to a lack of healthy relationships with strong American women, or any women at all for that matter. I am disgusted.”
I hope they actually take the review down. Now, I don’t want people to get the wrong idea. I am no ‘feminist’ and I believe strongly in the family and what I would term healthy married relationships. My vision of a good American woman is a strong character while being loving and caring. I am thinking frontier old west stuff here, painting a picture of a man and wife raising a family and teamed up to work the land and bring up their children. The reviewers comment on the relationship in the book between the main character and his wife clearly shows his unhealthy view of married life, which he probably has never experienced, and shows a lack of understanding of how marriage partnerships work. With a strong husband and wife, the man does not ‘rule’ the woman, and that is not even getting into the reviewers implication of pedophilia and also the denigration of women in their thirties.
I am a huge fan of strong confident women. I don’t feel threatened by them. I would not want a wife who was not strong and competent, a partnership relationship where the couple support each other in their strengths and weaknesses. I also do believe in natural gender roles, where mothers are best at raising their children but fathers will be involved and help out as best they can. Do what you are good at. This reviewer just strikes me as some fat useless weakling stuck in a sofa in a basement somewhere, a typical coward/bully. In my mind, competent strong loving caring women should be cherished. And by strong and confident I don’t mean brash and rude and whatnot. I mean well brought up, polite and caring etc.
This brings me on to the announcement that women will be allowed to be in combat. Well, women are already in combat, so lets assume we are just talking about infantry here. I used to have rabid views against females serving in the infantry, but these views have evolved and matured somewhat.
I will say right here before I go further that I am certain that the way the US Military implements this new policy will be badly. There are ways and means of doing things and I am sure that they will get all tangled up in ‘equality’ and end up lowering standards so that the effectiveness of the force over all suffers. So let’s put that whole nightmare to the side and just discuss the basics of whether females should or could serve in the infantry.
I believe that this is all about standards and merit. I think that standards should be set for infantry soldiers and if females wish to challenge those standards, meet them and pass training, they could be allowed to serve in the infantry. There are females who are very good at this kind of thing. The mistake happens when you lower standards and just let all kinds in, who just don’t get it but are there for the wrong reasons and the effectiveness of the force suffers.
I realize that there are a lot of ancillary issues that people will point to, some valid, others not (like females attracting bears LOL!) A lot of these issues can be taken care of by instilling the correct culture in an organization. The females should not be coddled, and they should be no tolerance of them using their ‘wiles’ to get advancement or other favors. Fraternization is always a problem. I was reading that the Israelis have experimented with women in combat and now they have an all female infantry unit. Perhaps they felt that was a better way to go, but given the experiences reported to me of living in the female ‘bay’ at basic training I can imagine it would be a living hell ‘bitch-fest’ for many of the females! That’s just a reality that many females would attest to, if they set aside any notions of politics and agenda.
In my book ‘Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises’
I have some key strong female characters. They don’t overwhelm or ‘whip’ the males who are also strong and competent. They bring their own strengths to the party. In the book I am writing about a Resistance movement but a lot of what they do is infantry/combat based. Under such circumstances, I describe a training process that weeds out both males and females who are not suited or capable and re-deploys them to other roles. I do have a much higher attrition rate among the females, but those that remain are fully competent and in the book they add value and operate on their own merit, not by being ‘coddled’. I have based a couple of the characters around women that I have known, or compositions of such. These characters are not unrealistic and I certainly do not have a feminist agenda – nor am I a ‘Feminazi’ in the words of that reviewer.
Whether females should serve in combat is another question that comes down to personal opinion. I will attest to knowing women who have been very good operators, very good outdoors and both physically and mentally in a tactical environment. I have no doubt that as long as the culture of the unit was maintained in an appropriate manner, some females have the ability to serve in infantry units. This does not mean that all females should have the ‘right’ too do so, but just as males have to pass standards the females should be expected to pass those same standards, with no compromise entertained. If there is an insistence that females serve in infantry roles, then these are the standards that should be insisted upon.
As far as females operating as shooters post-collapse and and/or in a resistance to tyranny environment, same rules apply. With both your males and females you may have little choice anyway, and will probably not have the opportunity to be too picky, but your team should be held to a realistic standard. If you are creating tactical teams and you have some choice over who is in it and standards, set a standard and hold everyone too it. That is real equality: equality of opportunity, which differs from some ‘entitlement’ to do stuff just because you feel like it.
Comments are welcome and encouraged, as is debate. I have not removed a comment form my blog yet. However, I will remove comments that are simply misogynistic and, in my opinion, inappropriate or from the loony fringe.
***Inserted comment: Since I wrote this, a discussion has begun. I welcome that. Benjamin, below in the comments, is the very reviewer from Amazon who followed my blog link over. That is fine, he can have his say, this is America after all, despite his comments about his writing being better than mine 😉
What I need to remind you all of, to bring this back into perspective is that his original review was largely directed at two incidents in the book involving sexual assault and rape (not graphically described, before you worry). One of them involves a captured then rescued female resistance fighter. The other involves the captured daughter of a militia member, held and used as a sex toy by a Regime Commissioner, and she is described in the book as ‘barely pubescent, maybe around twelve years old’. On that basis, I am unsure how this has devolved into a discussion about age of consent and marriage/child bearing age, because that is not what I responded to in the Amazon review. Supporting that is pedophilia, and not acceptable.***
****Further Note: Sadly, I have taken my first steps towards censorship by deleting a select few of the comments below. The reasons for this are as follows:
1. They were tangential to the discussion.
2. I found some of the comments offensive and disrespectful to women. I’m happy for contributors to discuss women in combat and the role of women etc, but not what I consider arguments to justify sexual assault, rape or under-age sex counter to the current laws and norms of our society.
3. This is not the place for a religious or God’s Law discussion specifically about what rape is or is not. IMO, rape is non-consensual sex or sex with a minor, whether that accords with your understanding of Gods Law or not. As Arctic Pilgrim suggests, please take such discussions elsewhere.
4. I don’t appreciate being described as brainwashed by ‘FemiNazis’. I, and those I know who I consider right thinking Patriots, have a healthy respect for women and do not consider them inferior in our society. They may be different to men, but not inferior.
If you don’t like it, discuss it elsewhere.