Kingsley Browne's Co-ed Combat: The New Evidence that Women Shouldn’t Fight the Nation’s Wars
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He writes to John Howland with USNA At Large,
“Co-ed Combat: The New Evidence that Women Shouldn’t Fight the Nation’s Wars” is due out on November 8, although it can be pre-ordered now on Amazon…
My book examines physical and psychological differences between the sexes and their implication for integration of combat forces. This examination includes not just individual traits — such as strength, endurance, risk-taking, physical aggression, fear, courage, and other traits that affect both combat motivation and combat performance — but also the effect of psychological sex differences on the functioning of groups. As you know, individuals do not fight wars; groups do, and the sex composition of groups has a substantial impact on how the group functions.
As you have yourself noted, trust is the “coin of the realm” in combat groups. It appears that men are not “designed” to easily trust women in dangerous situations. I’m sure that you and the other At-Large members have had the experience of knowing leaders whom you would be willing to follow through the gates of Hell and others whom you would be reluctant to follow across the street. Some people trigger trust in their comrades, and others –
Women in Combat
no matter what kind of training they have had – simply cannot do so. I suggest in my book that women generally do not trigger that kind of trust in men, no matter how much men like and respect women. This is not a criticism of either women or men; it is simply the way our psyches work. As the continued opposition to women in and near combat suggests, this is not a problem that can be solved simply through “leadership” and “training,” which are usually invoked as the solution to problems with sexual integration.
My book also chronicles a number of other impediments to sexual integration, many of which are well known, such as problems of pregnancy, double standards, political correctness, and so forth.
Thank you (foot)notes:
Read more on Kingsley Browne’s work at Hiring Super Stars vs Tolerating Turkeys
Thanks to John Howland at USNA At Large.
More on Professor Kingsley Brown at the jump.
Prior to joining Wayne State’s faculty in 1989, Professor Browne was a partner in the San Francisco-based law firm of Morrison & Foerster, where he specialized in labor and employment law. Following law school at the University of Denver, where he graduated first in his class and was an editor of the law review, he clerked for Justice Luis Rovira of the Supreme Court of Colorado and then for Justice Byron White of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Professor Browne’s publications have dealt primarily with various aspects of employment discrimination law and with the legal implications of evolved differences between the sexes. His most recent book is Co-ed Combat: The New Evidence that Women Shouldn’t Fight the Nation’s Wars (Sentinel, 2007). His previous book, Biology at Work: Rethinking Sexual Equality (Rutgers University Press, 2002) was named one of the “Outstanding Academic Titles of 2002” by Choice Magazine.