The Pentagon has ended its ban on women serving in combat, some women are already gloating about being given the chance to wear the Army award that basically says "I was in the sh*t." On Wednesday, conservative pundit Tucker Carlson mocked the idea that women would want to put their bodies at risk for their country, tweeting, "Feminism's latest victory: the right to get your limbs blown off in war. Congratulations." But he's obviously never spent much time with Army people, because they've risked that fate and lived to tell about it, they'll never stop talking about it. That's exactly what the Facebook group Women Of The War On Terror is about, which has begun posting photos of women completely psyched to put their bodies at risk for their country* while doing the shooting full-time.
That's the Combat Infantryman Badge and it's what certain soldiers get when they've engaged in combat -- when someone's tried to kill them. To get one, you have to be in the infantry or special forces and have been under hostile fire. It was created in World War II to help morale, because those soldiers suffered so many casualties. The CIB a big deal, a source of macho boasting, as in the Facebook image above right (key phrase: "What the fuck have you done with your life?"). The Army posts tons of photos of soldiers getting the award on Flickr; newsletters to families of deployed soldiers note who got one. And until last week, in order to get one, you had to be a man, because women were blocked from those jobs (note the "-man" in the title).