I'm not quite certain where to put this, so sorry if it's in the wrong forum.
Now I know that the CAF is a patriarchal institution, and that many feminists consider it an arm of Canadian imerialism, etc and thus many feminists oppose it on this basis.. I have issues with this.I agre that the Canadian Armed forces is a patriarchal institution,that it's not okay that the excuse for invading Afghanistan was to "save the women" and that this is all a definite issue, etc. But shouln't we support the advance of women in this institution ? And if we do, then how can we oppose it - are we opposing them in doing so ? And what about peacekeeping/peace enforcement missions- when horrible things like genocide, mass rape, are occuring in other countries and there are calls for Canada to do something, can we really say no ? I'm thinking of Rwanda and the current situation of the Congo in the later one. Humanitarian relief just isn't enough.