Women’s Bodies in Combat

Albanian female soldier in Biza 15

Patrice Lewis:

But in the end, her body betrayed her. She [Marine Capt. Katie Petronio] ceased menstruating and developed polycystic ovarian syndrome, which led to infertility. Her spine compressed, causing nerve damage and neuropathy. She suffered muscle atrophy, which caused her legs to buckle under weight. “It was evident that stress and muscular deterioration was affecting everyone regardless of gender,” she wrote of her fellow soldiers. “However, the rate of my deterioration was noticeably faster than that of male Marines and further compounded by gender-specific medical conditions.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/02/when-feminism-meets-war/#EjGdAuaHPgGccwQL.99

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