Sure, Christine O’Donnell thinks the females of Middle Earth are a vital part of military action. But what about for less important fighting forces, such as the U.S. military? “By integrating women into particularly military institutes, it cripples the readiness of our defense,” O’Donnell has said. Hmm. It seems women may only serve amongst the elves and other mystical creatures of Christine O’Donnell’s fantasies, not the U.S. military.
But why is it different? Look at this passage from that silly essay:
Tolkien elevates womanhood; it is specifically her gender that allows her to triumph. No man can defeat the Witch King. But Eowyn is no man.
In the battle for Gondor, the Witch-King, chief of Sauron’s minions, attacks a disguised Eowyn and her King. As she bravely draws her sword in defense of her wounded companion, the Witch-King scoffs, “Thou Fool. No living man may hinder me!”
Eowyn laughs and retorts, “…No living man am I. You look upon a woman…You stand between me and my lord and my kin…I will smite you if you touch him.” After centuries of conquering male warriors, the Witch-King is ultimately vanquished by a woman.
According to this, it’s a good thing that military women have traits that men do not. Their different ability is an asset and can work in situations in which that of a man may not. It’s more like putting butter on a lobster tail than cheesecake, as Aristotle would say.
It is only when she reconciles her femininity with her warrior spirit that the torment is gone, and her true womanhood is discovered.
Perhaps Tolkien is showing us that all types of femininity are valid. Obliterating one in favor of the other is destructive to all. Each type of woman is crucial to the wellbeing of a healthy community.
Why is it that Christine O’Donnell can only see the virtues of tolerance in a fantasy world she reads about in books? This woman would really be more fit to work in a comic book shop than taxing her brain trying to govern the real world.