Combat Barbie

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"Lance Corporal Katrina Hodge, 21, was called "Combat Barbie" by fellow troops for her love of "pink girlie stuff." Far from taking offense, the decorated Iraq vet seems to be embracing the moniker, competing for the title of "Miss England," which she is favored to win. Says Hodge: "I want to use this competition to highlight the work that the army are doing and what they have done for this country." This is, obviously, the best way to win respect for female soldiers. We can't help wondering what she'll do for the 'talent' competition; she was decorated for disarming an insurgent. Are the baton twirlers shaking in their heels? [The Sun]

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I do not care for beauty contests, but I'm not offended by LT Hodge's choice to enter one.

This is, obviously, the best way to win respect for female soldiers. She could repair a tank or make a bomb out of a tampon and some mascara, it still doesn't mean the males are going to respect their female peers.