Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 1/28/13
The nation's first female combat pilot defended the Pentagon's decision to allow women on the front lines of war Sunday, by dismissing an argument that the genders shouldn't be thrown together into the same battle environment. "So that's like saying Pee-wee Herman is OK to be in combat but Serena and Venus Williams are not going to meet the standard," Air Force Col. Martha McSally said on "Fox News Sunday." McSally used the celebrity Who'd You Rather to argue her point with Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, who called the decision a social experiment. "As a man who has been there, and a man who has some experience in these kinds of units, I certainly don't want to be in an environment with a female because it's degrading and humiliating enough to do your personal hygiene and other normal functions among your teammates," said Boykin. McSally — who once beat men in an Ironman competition — said putting the best qualified unit on the field should be goal number one. ""If we want the most effective fighting force, we need to pick the most qualified capable man for the job, even if it's a woman." Point well played, Colonel.
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