Co-ed Combat: The New Evidence that Women Shouldn't Fight the Nation's Wars

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A scholar makes a definitive, controversial argument against women in combat

More than 155,000 female troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002. And more than seventy of those women have died. While thatÂ's a small fraction of all American casualties, those deaths exceed the number of military women who died in Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War combined.

Clearly, women in combat isnÂ't a theoretical issue anymore. Women now fly combat aircraft and serve on warships. Even the remaining all-male corners of the military are blurring the lines in Iraq. And for many advocates, this trend is considered progress—toward a better, “gender neutral” military.

Co-ed Combat makes the opposite case, based on research in anthropology, biology, history, psychology, sociology, and law, as well as military memoirs. It asks hard questions that challenge the assumptions of feminists.
For instance:
• Has warfare really changed so much as to reverse the almost unanimous history of all-male armed forces?
• Are men and women really equivalent in combat skills, even leaving aside physical strength?
• Do female troops respond to traditional types of motivations?
• Can the bonds of unit cohesion form in a co-ed military unit?
• Can an all-volunteer military afford to reject women?

This is a controversial book, likely to draw a passionate response from both conservatives and liberals.
 

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Excellent book. Mirrors the xperience I had while serving on active duty as a Chemical Officer in the mid 1980's. I had long wondered why someone had not written a book like this. It expresses the ... Read full review

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Introduction
1
Sex Differences and Their Origins
15
Physical Sex Differences in Size Strength and Speed Separating Fact from Myth
19
Sex Differences in Mind Separating Fact from Myth Again
28
How Did Sex Differences Come About? Pure Socialization or Do Hormones Play a Role?
38
Evolutionary Origins of Sex Differences The Why Question
48
Modern Warfare
55
The Nature of Modern Warfare
59
Threats to Cohesion and Effectiveness Arising from Mixing the Sexes
179
Who Men Protect Women and Children First
183
Sexual Relationships and Attraction
194
Double Standards and Political Correctness
208
Special Problems Resulting from Female Personnel
231
Rape of Female Prisoners of War
235
Reproductive Issues Pregnancy Motherhood and Hygiene
242
Manpower Issues
261

The Special Case of Aviation
75
The Manliness of War
85
War as a Traditionally Masculine Pursuit
89
What Men Fear
96
Why Men Love War
113
Men and Women in Groups
127
The Bond of Brothers All for One and One for All
131
Who Men Follow Leadership and Followership in Combat
150
The Evolved Nature of Male Bonding Is Men s Aversion to Female Comrades in Arms Intractable?
161
Recruiting Retention and Conscription Is a Fully Integrated Military Attractive to Either Men or Women?
265
Should the Sexes Be Separated? SexSegregated Training and Operational Units
274
Why Comparisons to Some Other Forms of Discrimination Are Unpersuasive
281
Conclusion
287
Notes
299
Bibliography
311
Index
341
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Kingsley Browne is a professor of law at Wayne State University Law School, specializing in employment discrimination and other aspects of employment law. He also teaches evidence, torts, and a seminar in law, biology, and behavior. Prior to law school, he did graduate work in physical anthropology. A former U.S. Supreme Court clerk, he spent five years in private practice before switching to teaching.

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