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Military Service Women’s Group Calls GOP Congressman’s Infantry Comments ‘Uneducated’

by David Badash on January 9, 2013

in Discrimination,News,Politics

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The Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) is hitting back today after a Republican Congressman said women should be prohibited from serving in infantry roles because of their “nature.” Tea Party Republican Rep. Tom Cotton said women’s “nature” can “impair the mission-essential tasks” of their units.

READ: Tea Party Congressman: Women’s ‘Nature’ Can ‘Impair’ Infantry Missions

Anu Bhagwati, a former Marine Corps Captain who is now the Executive Director of SWAN told The New Civil Rights Movement in an exclusive comment that Congressman Cotton’s comments are “uneducated.”

“To say that women’s ‘nature’ should bar women from joining the infantry is as uneducated a statement as saying men’s ‘nature’ causes men to be sexual predators,” Bhagwati said via email. “It’s time to look beyond ideology and treat our troops with respect. Women should be given the same opportunities to compete for all military assignments and career opportunities currently available to men, period.”

Last month, Bhagwati, along with Captain Zoe Bedell, appeared on MSNBC’s “The Melissa Harris-Perry Show” to discuss an ACLU lawsuit challenging the military’s combat exclusion policy. “SWAN is an organizational plaintiff and Captain Bedell is one of four individual plaintiffs,” SWAN’s website states.

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