I recently submitted this picture to Who Needs Feminism? because I feel like it’s pretty important.  I’m tired of having to fight a fightjust because I’m female.  I’m tired of my (female) commander scoffing at what I wear in civilian clothes because it might be perceived the wrong way by the male Soldiers.  I’m tired of not being able to date a man in the Army because other people might talk about us because I am also in the Army.  I’m tired of being told to get back to work and asking if I’m “better now” because I have sustained severe PTSD and a sleep disorder (chronic insomnia, sleep walking and night terrors) because I was raped by an NCO in my company.  I’m tired of being a burden on people because I don’t feel like I’m being helped with these issues.  I’m tired of the fact that I will be going to a court martial in December as a victim of a rape, yet I will be painted as a slut and a chronic fraternizer, and I will probably have my career ruined by receiving punishment for adultery and fraternization.  I’m tired of being expected to be a weak, emotional leader, but then told that I don’t express myself fully when I refuse to cry.  I am just TIRED of being dictated how to act, dress, talk, at whom to smile and when to be a bitch, simply because I am a woman.  I’m not a good female officer….I’m a good officer, and I take my job very seriously.  I’m exhausted and I need feminism.

I recently submitted this picture to Who Needs Feminism? because I feel like it’s pretty important.  I’m tired of having to fight a fightjust because I’m female.  I’m tired of my (female) commander scoffing at what I wear in civilian clothes because it might be perceived the wrong way by the male Soldiers.  I’m tired of not being able to date a man in the Army because other people might talk about us because I am also in the Army.  I’m tired of being told to get back to work and asking if I’m “better now” because I have sustained severe PTSD and a sleep disorder (chronic insomnia, sleep walking and night terrors) because I was raped by an NCO in my company.  I’m tired of being a burden on people because I don’t feel like I’m being helped with these issues.  I’m tired of the fact that I will be going to a court martial in December as a victim of a rape, yet I will be painted as a slut and a chronic fraternizer, and I will probably have my career ruined by receiving punishment for adultery and fraternization.  I’m tired of being expected to be a weak, emotional leader, but then told that I don’t express myself fully when I refuse to cry.  I am just TIRED of being dictated how to act, dress, talk, at whom to smile and when to be a bitch, simply because I am a woman.  I’m not a good female officer….I’m a good officer, and I take my job very seriously.  I’m exhausted and I need feminism.

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