I read a lot of feminist blogs and discussion boards over the past few days, which is a depressing exercise (because of the news they report on, not because of the boards and blogs themselves, the existence of which are kind of comforting). I've lost the link now, but read something about how some American women soldiers died in the night of dehydration in Iraq because they stopped drinking at 4pm so they wouldn't have to go to the loo in the dark. Because their dear fellow (male) American soldiers hung about the latrines in order to sexually assault them. However, as if in antidote to my sinking feeling, yesterday the Guardian published an inspirational little story about a young Israeli woman who refused military service on the grounds of her feminist beliefs. Previously they only accepted conscientious objectors on the grounds of 100% pacifist beliefs (i.e. 'no violence for any reason' type beliefs). Should put the wind right up any liberal feminists who think being allowed to serve in the army alongside men is some kind of feminist victory. Although maybe this means it has indirectly caused a kind of feminist victory, because in Israel, where it's compulsory for both sexes to serve, it's ultimately exposed the military for what it is.
(I just Googled WOMEN SOLDIERS DEHYDRATION and got tons of links related to the first story - I haven't got time to find an authoritative report so you'll have to search it out yourself if you really want to!).