It's 2016, and women are finally allowed to apply for ground combat jobs in the U.S. Marines Corps. A total of 233 women have completed the certifications necessary to apply for these combat positions.
If you're like me, you're thinking, "Wow. Those are 233 kickass women." If you're like angry men on the internet, though, you're lashing out because, apparently, it doesn't take much to make you feel emasculated.
The Marine Corps has removed the word "man" from 19 job positions in order to be inclusive of both the male and female marines. For instance, instead of the title "infantryman," the position will be titled "basic infantry marine," and instead of "tank crewman," the job title will be "armor marine," and so forth.
Many men took to social media to express their outrage and protect their fragile masculinity, and in doing so they offended not just the women who trained and qualified for these combat positions, but also women everywhere.
And I "can't even" handle this misogyny right now.
Some men didn't fully lean into the sexist slant of the angry comments. Instead, they claimed to be frustrated with our society's need for political correctness.
Experienced marine rifleman (a title that will keep the word "man") Sgt. Geoff Heath said, "On one hand, the name changes from `man' to `person' or whatever they want to call it doesn't really matter. They could call mortarmen bakers for all I care. But on the other, it's a direct reflection on society's crybaby political correctness."
Fortunately, there were also plenty of men who acted as the much-needed voices of reason about the new gender-neutral job titles.
"Not really seeing why this matters," wrote one commenter. "A marine is a marine. If this triggers you well ... not really sure what to say honestly. You'd think someone who has seen combat would have more stones."
If you're one of the many men who are furious about the Marines allowing women to apply for combat positions, this may brighten your day ”” the physical standards for the Marine Corps make it nearly impossible for women to secure a combat position in the first place. Almost 86 percent of female recruits who took the physical tests failed, compared to just 3 percent of male recruits.
Given the fact that it's so incredibly difficult for women to make it into the Marine Corps in a combat position, I think the tough ladies that defy the odds deserve a bit of recognition or, at the very least, a gender-neutral job title.