Arizona Official: Menstrual Cycles and Combat Don’t Mix

Women in Combat

Because if there’s one place no one expects blood, it’s in a combat zone!

Former State Representative Terry Proud (R – obvs), was fired after saying that menstrual cycles might be too problematic for women to be in combat.

“I understand that women want to be on the front lines, and they want to do their service and women are very strong. We’ve really come far through the years. We’re extremely strong,” former state Rep. Terri Proud told the Arizona Sonora News Service.

So far so good. But then she added:

“Women have certain things during the month I’m not sure they should be out there dealing with. I don’t know how to address that topic in a very diplomatic manner.”

The director of Arizona’s Department of Veterans’ Services, Col. Joey Strickland, the genius who hired Proud to coordinate a female veterans’ conference, resigned on Wednesday amid the controversy surround Proud’s comment.

Proud insists her comment was taken the wrong way.

“I don’t have a problem with women being on the front line if that’s their choice,” she said. “I’m not going to sit there and say, ‘No you don’t have that right.’ I was making a funny comment, ‘What are they going to do?'”

But Proud is no stranger to stupid comments. While in the state legislature, she once wrote to a constituent that women should be required to watch an abortion happen before being allowed to have one.

So why would the Department of Veterans’ Services hire such a controversial figure? Well, actually Col. Strickland was given specific instructions from the Governor’s office NOT to hire her. I guess that explains his resignation.

The Pentagon lifted a ban on women serving in combat roles last year, despite the fact that they had been fighting on the front lines for at least a decade. So far, no period problems have been reported.

Via: The Huffington Post

One Response to “Arizona Official: Menstrual Cycles and Combat Don’t Mix”

  1. Meowster
    April 7, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Oh geeze, haha!

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