Being Linda Reynolds

Linda Reynolds

Sometimes smugness verges into stupidity so crystal clear that it’s like a ray of fresh air sweeping away the cobwebs until it’s as loud as a bell.

I’m speaking about Linda Reynolds.

She is a Senator from Western Australia. She doesn’t think much of this webpage nor of the views posed by others about the ongoing degradation of our military capability.

I say ongoing because once 18 year olds in the infantry needed to do 40 push ups. And when I say once, I don’t mean long ago – the kids who are entering prep this year were alive when that was still the standard.

Now some infantry soldiers only have to do 21 push ups because equality.

I know that last sentence does not actually make sense grammatically, or in any other way. But it is still the reason for this change.

And at this rate, by the time kids born in 2013 actually get to apply for a job as a front-line killer they’ll just need to identify what a bot on a playstation doing a push up looks like (and also where it sits on the gender continuum).

Anyway, I digress from the good Senator. Linda is also completely in favour of a ‘merit-based selection’ process to place females in front-line combat roles while keeping lower fitness standards for women while simultaneously advocating for complete desegregation of gender and competition based entirely on talent.


I know. It is a bit of a mouthful.

It would also mean that Linda Reynolds is in favour of a process that would mean not a single woman would ever serve in the Army.


And see again:

The smug part is this: Linda tried to deflect criticism of her ‘progressive’ plans to require Defence to employ females in the infantry by arguing that elite sports should be so ‘super progressive’ as to follow Defence’s lead.

The stupid part is this: Linda argued that competitions like the AFL should not have any gender requirements at all but should select players based entirely on talent. Which would mean, in practical terms, that the AFL would begin as a men’s competition and it would also end as a men’s competition.

And the really stupidly brilliant part is this: if Linda’s suggestion for the AFL was actually implemented inside the Defence Force there would be no women in the Army at all.

It would mean that all females are required to do the same amount of push-ups as men, run as fast men and carry the same amount of gear as men. It would certainly mean an end to the female-only pre-recruit recruit course that runs for seven weeks at taxpayers’ expense to get women to the grand fitness standard of being able to muster 8 push ups.

So I’m completely against Linda Reynolds’ philosophy (because it’s not a philosophy and is instead mindless rambling) and am completely in favour of the outcome it would produce by accident.

It would end Linda Reynolds’ insane idea that it is a good idea to employ women (who are not as physically strong as men) in a role that required them to use physical strength to kill dudes.

And it would also rub out the second idea that you can defeat criticism of the first idea by placing your fingers in your ears and repeating ‘diversity will keep us safe’ until the bad guys go away.

For the record: the bad guys are not the enemy but people like me – there is no actual plan for the enemy.

Welcome the world of being Linda Reynolds. It’s a magical enigma.

Stay tuned. I’m sure this is not the last of her Alice in Wonderland wisdom…

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of eight children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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