G.I. Jane, starring Demi Moore, was less critically heralded and was not nearly as well received in the box office, ranking 42 of all movie releases in 1997. That doesn't mean it flew under the radar completely, as it raised a few eyebrows for its strong message to the American military about policy on women in combat roles.
As it intersects with a topic for our podcast suggested to us by Racheal S., we felt its inclusion in our dialogue was necessary--which also meant we had to watch it. You should too! I liked it. I felt that what the movie lacks in cultural or literary sophistication, it makes up for tenfold in intent. It's entertaining. It's the poor-man's To Kill a Mockingbird of the 1990s.
Fast forward to 2015, the US government has dropped the ban on women in combat roles but the implementation has been ... behind schedule. But other countries are up on it, so rest assured, we'll dive into that and the whole bloody issue in this week's podcast--women in combat! The links below are for some of the video other sources we tapped for this one...
Many thanks to John L. for his valuable input into this subject. Jon served in the Australian military and provided his thoughts and feelings on this issue, which were great. Thank you to Racheal Sims for suggesting this topic.
And please tune in next week when we chat about the Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment--is there something to normalised personality or is it a whole load of balooey. We've asked special guest Bruce Murray to provide insight on this one.
Zoe Bedell at TEDxHarvardLawSchool
Women in combat roles in the Danish Military