Tunisian Minister Warns of Women Going to Syria on a ‘Sex Jihad’

The ongoing civil war in Syria is being felt beyond the Syrian borders. In neighboring countries like Iraq, Syrian fighting can be felt most acutely in the strain of hosting thousands of refugees. In Israel, the threat of a broader conflict transcending Syria’s borders looms large. Syrian conflict, however, isn’t just… » 9/22/13 1:30pm 9/22/13 1:30pm

General Wesley Clark Is The Biggest Catch

Retired General Wesley Clark might have failed at his bid for the highest office in the land, but he's really racking it up late in life. Ever since filing for divorce from his wife of over three decades in May, Clark has been linked up with Shauna Mei, a woman almost 40 years his junior. » 8/12/13 3:10pm 8/12/13 3:10pm

Osaka Mayor Offers Non-Apology for ‘Comfort Women’ Comments

Toru Hashimoto, the unfortunately loquacious mayor of Osaka, Japan, managed to keep talking long enough to apologize for one offensive comment he made about contemporary American Marines making “more use” of Japan’s local, legal sex industry to “relieve” their sexual energy, and then stand by the other offensive… » 5/27/13 1:30pm 5/27/13 1:30pm

Some Military Women Don't Want to Fight, But That Doesn't Mean They…

The Pentagon might let women become infantry troops, but do most female soldiers and Marines actually want to be front-line war fighters? Does it matter? No. Framing the debate as "but the ladies don't even want to fight!" is offensive and besides the point. » 1/07/13 12:00pm 1/07/13 12:00pm

The Marine Corps Hopes to Attract Women By Telling Them They Can Be…

The Marine Corps: notoriously fabulous at marketing itself, notoriously shitty at attracting officers who aren't white men. (Only 7 percent are women; 6 percent are black.) Now, the Marines are launching a new marketing campaign to draw more minorities and women into its ranks by focusing on the things they think… » 11/08/12 2:20pm 11/08/12 2:20pm

What Can a Civilian Possibly Say to a Wounded Soldier?

"Gotta go, something's exploding over here." That's how Anthony had signed off from our Facebook chat session the last time we had talked. He was deployed in Afghanistan, and we had been typing back and forth about how life was going.

How was life going? It could be better, I told him. I'd been broken up with by a man I … » 10/21/12 11:00am 10/21/12 11:00am

When Will the Military Start Seriously Prioritizing Women?

Super qualified army Col. Ellen Haring — West Point graduate, career officer, doctoral student — was excited when she heard she was close to getting her dream job: supervising female soldiers who work with Afghan women in combat zones for special-operations units. But then she got a call from a staff officer saying… » 10/17/12 12:55pm 10/17/12 12:55pm

Second Female Marine Drops Out of Infantry Officer Course

Sad news: the Marines' attempt to integrate women into their Infantry Officer Training Program has officially failed, at least for the time being — the second of two female Marines that tried to make it through the course quit due to medical reasons late last week. » 10/16/12 3:10pm 10/16/12 3:10pm

Critics of Women in Combat Worried Ladies Will Make Men Worse at…

For the first time, a select group of terrifyingly formidable women have been allowed to enter Marine Infantry Officer Training on an experimental basis. In other words, we're one major step closer to allowing women to fight alongside men on the front lines. But with all the hair pulling and dainty slapping and… » 10/04/12 1:00pm 10/04/12 1:00pm

Awesome 23-Year-Old Photographer Travels Around the World Interviewing …

When we think of the roles women play in war-ravaged countries, it's easy to think only in terms like "victim" or "caretaker." That's why 23-year-old Elizabeth Herman travels around the world taking photographs and interviewing women about their wartime memories for her "post-conflict project," called "A Women's War" — to… » 5/18/12 6:00pm 5/18/12 6:00pm

Girl Scouts: The Culture Wars' Tiniest Soldiers

Earlier this week, Bob Morris, a state representative from Indiana, fired off an explosively stupid open letter to his colleagues in which he called the Girl Scouts, "a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood." It's brought to the surface a conflict that's apparently been simmering for a while, and now it's threatening to… » 2/23/12 11:05am 2/23/12 11:05am