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Menstruating on the Front Line

Gabrielle Vaughn | VenusBlogs Editor at Large

Women in combat. Do you think having one’s period might affect a woman’s judgement during battle? Should PMS be considered a deterrent in proper decision making when it comes to the idea of women on the front line? What do you think? State Rep. Terri Proud was fired for stating her opinion.

The director of Arizona’s Department of Veterans’ Services resigned on Wednesday after the woman he hired to coordinate a female veterans’ conference, former State Rep. Terri Proud (R), said that women may be less suited to serve in combat because of their menstrual cycles.

“Women have certain things during the month I’m not sure they should be out there dealing with,” Proud told the Arizona Senora News Service on Tuesday. “I don’t know how to address that topic in a very diplomatic manner.”

Source: Terri Proud, Arizona Official, Fired Over Comment About Menstrual Cycles In Combat

Proud was fired for the comment that led to director Joey Strickland’s resignation. A spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer (R) told the News Service that the governor’s office had specifically told Strickland not to hire Proud in the first place.

To read more on the topic: Arizona-Sonora News Service – Proud: Keep women off battlefield because of menstruation

Terri Proud, Arizona Representative, speaks her mind on women, combat and menstruation.

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    Interesting. I have never even considered this an issue, i feel like that comment alone throws away everything women have worked for in terms of equality in the work place. Even if she was miss quoted the idea exists now, the comment the retoric.

    I feel like this comment hold the same weight that women are a distraction in the work place.