ThinkProgress points out that the Wall Street Journal published the dumbest argument against women on the front lines of combat in an editorial this morning:
Societal norms are a reality, and their maintenance is important to most members of a society. It is humiliating enough to relieve yourself in front of your male comrades; one can only imagine the humiliation of being forced to relieve yourself in front of the opposite sex.
Despite the professionalism of Marines, it would be distracting and potentially traumatizing to be forced to be naked in front of the opposite sex, particularly when your body has been ravaged by lack of hygiene. In the reverse, it would be painful to witness a member of the opposite sex in such an uncomfortable and awkward position.
Of course, the Wall Street Journal seemingly had no problem with the pain, traumatization, and ravaging that befell soldiers when they made the case for Bush's war in Iraq. I suppose it's nice that they finally developed a conscience.