Ever since the news got out yesterday, my wife’s been driving me nuts.
“They’re charging that stupid woman with abusing the Iraqi prisoners.”
“Yeah, I know,” I replied.
“What about the men?”
“What about the MALE soldiers who abused, tortured, and, I dunno, raped and rampaged and…” she ranted.
“Um,” I said. “I really don’t think anyone raped any male Iraqis,” I started.
“Yes, yes,” she said dismissively. “But I keep seeing this woman soldier’s family crying on the news about how their daughter’s gonna get screwed by the military.”
“Seems like she SHOULD get screwed,” I said. “Not only did she abuse prisoners, but she was dumb enough to get photographed doing it with a stupid grin on her face.”
“That’s NOT what I’m talking about,” she snarled, and then proceeded to frame her case. I thought it was interesting enough that I decided to stick it in here, in case anyone could answer it.
Her point is this: Is this a case of media bias against the woman? Because she is a woman, is she somehow more culpable than the men? Like, being female, she should be better, purer, than to do something stupid like this to Iraqis?
Why aren’t we seeing the men’s families whimpering on TV, going on about how this just isn’t like THEIR father/brother/whatever? Is the woman the only one with relatives dumb enough to talk to the news? Or is the woman the only one actually facing court-martial? Why the media preoccupation with the FEMALE soldier? What’s the deal?
My wife is seeing this as a feminist-oriented issue, either in terms of media bias or prejudice on the part of the military… but, either way, it doesn’t say anything good about society. What’s the scoop?