Of course you did, because you can’t get away from media and activists telling you it. And the Hollywood campaign to make you believe in the Woman Warrior has been a key factor in convincing America to put women on the front lines of war. But as with many things, the Hollywood portrayal of the female fighter differs greatly from reality.
Such imagery and insistence—insistence that women are warriors—have so bombarded our culture from Hollywood and other sources that we have surrendered to the myth. And it’s so ingrained that I no longer waste my time trying to convince people that the myth is just that.
Nevertheless, the truth remains. And the truth is, the way Hollywood portrays women in fights is much different from how women perform in fights in the real world.
On Dec. 19, a female police officer was attempting to subdue a suspect. She failed to do so until Cray Turmon, described as a “homeless Columbia, SC man” came to her “rescue” as the below video shows.
Mind you, the female police officer was unable to subdue the suspect after she had used an electroshock weapon on him, and after she had used a chemical spray on him.
That’s a far cry from how Hollywood portrays female fighters. And, for that matter, it’s a far cry from how the Department of Defense (with no more immunity to propaganda than anyone else) portrays them too.
“So what?” some will yell. “You can find other situations where men fail in combat and women succeed!” Whatever. Like I said, I’ve no desire to argue about the issue any longer.
So if America still wants to believe in the Warrior Woman, that’s just fine with me. The myth will not last forever, of course. And I suspect when the truth breaks through, it will happen in such a spectacular—even catastrophic—way that a few people will wish that they had acknowledged reality a whole lot sooner.