In class, we briefly discussed the appropriateness of women in the military, on the front lines, and in submarines. My sister is in Navy ROTC at Boston University and will be commissioned as an officer in just a year and a half. Because of this, my family feels strongly about this issue in two completely opposite viewpoints. We can see how my sister is a strong individual, like so many other women who have chosen to join the military, and would be able to hold their own in a time of battle. Women should be in no way penalized simply because of their sex. Some men are strong, some are not. It is the same for women.
I also don't believe that men would choose to save a woman over a fellow man at any time. Naturally, people are people and will either risk their lives for someone else or save their own skins. I don't think they would choose one gender over another. If anything, I think that people naturally would choose to save their friends over anyone else. Should people not be allowed to make relationships? This argument seems like a moot point because there really is no plausible reason as to why a male would choose to save a female (who is equal in training and ability as her male counterparts) over someone else. I think that if someone will risk their life for someone, they will. It won't depend on the gender.
In submarines, however, I can see how the lines get a little blurred. My sister spent quite a bit of time on an aircraft carrier over the summer and the stories we heard about some of the guys on the ships who hadn't seen women in a few months.... let's just say I would not have wanted to be on there. I'm not generalizing men or stereotyping them at all, but it is a possibility that rape could occur on one of these ships due to lack of "female interaction." Now, does this mean we shouldn't allow women to take up position on submarines? I don't think so. I think they should have equal rights to be able to serve where they want to. Someone else's actions should not play into the rights of another.
After our class on Thursday, I would definitely consider myself a "feminist," as to what kind I am not sure. I don't think that any of us want women to have lesser rights then men, but it is our duty to stand up for equality in order for anything to change.