Dear Presidential Candidates

The more accurate title of this post should be “Dear Mr. Santorum,” but each of the GOP candidates have been guilty of this at one point in time.

However, this is focusing on last night’s circus of a GOP “debate.” Between Trump trying to insult his way into the Oval Office, Fioria apparently not knowing how to fact check her statements or supporting media, and Carson showing that one doesn’t have to be completely intelligent to become a neurosurgeon…It’s a mess. Unfortunately, the “not my circus, not my monkeys” ideal cannot be applied, since all of these goons are attempting to win a bid for the President of the United States. (this time, my threat of moving to Canada is a very real idea)

Last evening, Santorum, a candidate who is far from a front-runner in the rat race, made several statements that belittled the idea of women serving in combat arms positions, claiming that they are too emotional and weak to handle the stress. To be frank, he’s dead wrong, and this is my response to his statement.

Dear Mr. Santorum,

I’ll not mince words, because this is 2015, and honestly, you should know better by now than to question the ability, skill, and bravery of women.

When you repeatedly questioned the decision to allow women in combat rolls in the Armed Forces, I couldn’t stay silent. You mentioned “studies that were done that were ignored by this military that … certain positions that were, frankly, not suitable,” well I, for one, would like to see these so-called studies, because call me crazy, but I’m fairly certain that certain genitalia doesn’t entitle you to shooting well, being brave, or doing your duty for your country. Actually, I’m positive. Heart provides the bravery. Training and perseverance provides the experience and skill. You say you have a son in the Air Force, congratulations, you must be proud. However, I pity him for having a father such as you. Your comments about women being unfit for combat positions are frankly, based on fear. Are you so afraid of a man’s ability to do his job, that you try and make a woman look inferior? If so, I have a number for a GREAT therapist that can help you work out that problem. But I digress.

Since most (arguably, all) of your statements hold about as much water as a sieve when it’s put to the test, I’ll just debunk your worries as quickly as possible, because I, as a woman, have a fulfilling life to live, without the help of a man holding my hand along the way. (Those damn PMS emotions can get SO annoying. One minute I’m doing work as usual, the next I’m screaming and eating a tub of Ben & Jerry’s that I just magically pulled from my vagina.)

We all know you have a history of saying things against women, so I’ll just start with your constant comment about women being too “emotional.” It’s actually crap- no seriously, it’s total, unfounded, shit. The hippocampus of a male brain is actually the same size as the hippocampus in a female’s brain. While this science has been debated for quite some time- arguably since the beginning of time, science has proven that assumption to be wrong. Thanks to research at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, we now know that the male & female brains are not sexually-dimorphic (different due to their gender). Therefore, the emotional centers of a brain in a male body has as much emotional capacity as one in a female body. Whether or not those emotions develop is up to the individual, as I’m sure you know, since you have the emotional range of a pubescent junior high boy.

To directly counteract your supposed “studies” that apparently showed a woman’s incapability in war, I present to you several centuries of evidence that says, to be blunt, you’re dead fucking wrong. Actually, I don’t have that time. Like I said, I have work to do. (But don’t worry, I’ll give you a required reading list so you can further educate yourself on exactly HOW capable women are on the battlefield)

So, I’ll provide a list of women who, if it weren’t for them, this country wouldn’t have survived past infancy. These women fought, died, were wounded, as soldiers, spies, sailors, and camp aides  in two of the most defining wars of the United States’ history, and if you would still like to belittle their contributions, well that just means you were as poor of a student of history as you are a presidential candidate.


Revolutionary War:

Ann Bates
Martha Bratton
Nancy Morgan Hart
Sybil Ludington
Margaret Cochran Corbin
Deborah Samson
Anna Maria Lane
Sally Townesend
Lucy Brewer – War of 1812

Civil War:
Sarah Emma Edmonds
Lizzie Compton
Catherine Davidson
Mary Galloway
Loreta Janeta Velazquez
Maria Lewis
Mary Ellen Wise
Rosetta Wakeman
Mary Ann Clark
Charlotte Hope
Frances Hook
Lizzie Cook
Jennie Hodgers
Belle Boyd

Reading List:
They Fought Like Demons- De Anne Blanton

She Went to the Field: Women Soldiers of the Civil War– Bonnie Tsui

Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence – Carol Berkin

The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America Gary B. Nash

Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War H. Donald Winkler

Women in the American RevolutionJeanne Munn Bracken

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War – Karen Abbott

The Women of the American Revolution: Volumes I, II, IIIElizabeth F. Ellet

The Woman in Battle: A Narrative of the Exploits, Adventures, and Travels of Madame Loreta Janeta Valezquez, Otherwise Known as Lieutenant Harry T. Buford, Confederate States Army – Loreta Janeta Velazquez

“Women Soldiers fought, bled, and died in the civil war, then were forgotten.” Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/women-soldiers-fought-bled-and-died-in-the-civil-war-then-were-forgotten/2013/04/26/fa722dba-a1a2-11e2-82bc-511538ae90a4_story.html

 

 

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