A woman marine in a green uniform with medals standing in front of a white wall.
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This Was Going to Be About a Big Tough Marine Being Terrified of Tampons. Instead, It’s About Checking Your Assumptions Before You Write.

The original idea for this essay was to write about the time I was arguing with a Marine friend of mine about women serving in combat roles.

We’d both served in the USMC infantry, and knew that most of the usual objections (physical…



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