Here in the good old US of A, we’re in the throes of a race for the Republican nomination to run against Barack Obama in November’s presidential election. The latest in the show is a quote from Rick Santorum that, while roundabout, says in no uncertain terms that women are unfit for military service because, like, emotions are like, complicated and stuff.



I do have concerns about women in frontline combat. I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved. And I think that’s probably—you know, it already happens, of course, with the camaraderie of men in combat. But I think it would be even more unique if women were in combat, and I think that’s probably not in the best interest of men, women, or the mission.

Sic, lovelies! Not that I’m pulling hard to go join the military, but citing emotionality as a valid reason for us ladies to be exempt from service? Should we not be cops, either? What about teachers? Does our possession of a uterus render us unable to be held responsible for knowing right from wrong? I wonder if Santorum got caught up trying to reassure ladies that they wouldn’t get drafted and took it a little too far, or if he really just thinks women are fragile and unable to handle real life… you know, man stuff. And further to the point, Santorum seems to be insinuating not just that women are too boo-hoo for the front lines, but that they’d be a burden to the men trying to do their job. Because we’re so needy. Or is it because we look so hot in those gender-neutral uniforms that men just can’t think straight — because they are straight, of course — since they’re just sex-minded dogs and all. Which is it, Rick?


Politics is way uglier than we will likely ever know, but the thought that this is the cleaned up version of everything — that what we’re hearing is actually only the tip of the iceberg for all intents and purposes, is positively terrifying.

But that’s okay, ladies. Don’t worry. Rick Santorum will keep you safe. At home. In the kitchen. With, like, 80 children. Like it should be. [via Jezebel]

What do you think of Rick Santorum’s view of women complicating frontline combat?