During my senior year of high school, for my government class I had the job of finding an op-ed article for my current events project that was due in February of this year. After reading this chapter, specifically the section about the Military, I just had to share this article despite it being a few months old. The connection I made from this article is seeing exactly what the chapter meant when it said that “the military is a male dominated arena, not only in terms of actual personnel who serve but in terms of the ways it is founded upon so-called masculine cultural traits like violence, aggression, hierarchy, competition and conflict” (566). Because of the fact that the military was founded upon these masculine traits is the reason why women have such a hard time in the military. The percentage of women who serve in the military has been on the rise in recent years, and women have been making important contributions to the military. Despite these facts, women still have a hard time advancing to higher positions in the armed forces which makes me sick. Women are not asking to make the physical and mental tests that the men go through for the army to be any easier for females. If the ban is lifted “with this momentous shift, America once again reaffirms its core values of equality and respect — values predicated upon a person’s capabilities and demonstrated competence, not an immutable characteristic like gender.” America is a country that is founded on the principle of being equal but the institutions that it has in place, like the military, definitely does not make it seem that way.