To the Editor:
Tom Cardella missed the real issue entirely in his recent column on women in combat and related job achievements (“More than the fair sex,” Feb. 7).
Men are not sour sports, despite a dishonest media continually slanting gender stories. What many ask is that women who get a job be held to the same standard as the men. Nothing less. This is not sour grapes. Women entering previously male-only fields are often allowed lower standards for the same job — a fact Mr. Cardella leaves out. This often requires extra labor from male coworkers (for the same wage by the way), and puts all the workers at risk.
If a woman in a battle unit need only carry a smaller weight or run a slower mile, do you think the enemy will give her the same break — in combat? But you can bet men will die protecting her. We went through this shell game in firefighter units when the liberals screamed that it was unfair to make women carry a 150-pound sack down a ladder as a job prerequisite — as many failed the test that men passed easily. In many jobs, appropriate standards have been discarded for political correctness, even putting the public at risk.
I’ll ask Mr. Cardella, if he’s up on the third floor dying from smoke inhalation, does he want to be greeted by the 100-pound female firefighter, who couldn’t pass the old test, to carry him down to safety?
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