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    Swiss Guard Considers Female Recruits

    Source: Telegraph (UK) (5-5-09)
    The Swiss Guard is to consider recruiting women into the world's smallest army for the first time in the papal security force's 500-year history.

    The new commander of the force, whose distinctive blue, yellow and red uniforms and ceremonial halberds grace the precincts of the Vatican, said that obstacles that had kept the force all-male could be overcome.

    Colonel Daniel Anrig, who took over the post last year, told Italy's Mediaset television station that logistical problems at the barracks of the 110-strong Swiss Guard could be resolved simply by building separate living accommodation. The female recruits could perform a number of duties carried out by male members of the force, he added.


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    Confused by Suggestion

    Men are generally stronger than women. It makes more sense to have men as guards than women. Since the Swiss guard is largely symbolic today, it is even less excusable to suggest women should be among them, since women to not symbolize the general ideal of physical protection.

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    The Swiss guards have always been latently homosexual parrots in their vividly coloured, striped arlequine-like clothing. Now they want to become even more feminine by allowing females to enter their ranks. That's only consequent. The whole club is a farce and the pope a clown anyway. However, do not underestimate clowns: Already the "It" originated from satan's kitchen, and so may the pope.

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    After the Tower of London saw its first female Beefeater in its 500+-year-history just a few years back, TBH the Swiss guard was just going to be a matter of time in this day and age of gender mainstreaming.

    Now it's obviously en route to being permitted, I would expect any self-respecting woman not to partake in this nonsense, seeing the move for what it is: another move of pseudo-feminist gender mainstreaming.

    Being a guard is traditionally mostly a male tradition, especially so seen symbolically --- not only because women aren't traditionally seen as protectors, but also because no sane man in his right mind would be unmannered enough to have his wife, sister or daughter perform a job which includes standing outside in the cold in all weathers.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
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    Wow

    OMG that's the dumbest thing i've ever heard of the swiss guard doing. I'm a woman and i would not suggest any female to do this. It's a man's job to be a protecter not a woman's. Ladies, lets have our men do this for our folk and hearth.
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    I'm not fond of this idea, and I'm glad that nothing has come of it so far. Women in the Swiss Guard, female altar servers, women acting as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist...no thanks.
    Let us not desire delights, daughters; we are well-off here; the bad inn lasts for only a night.
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    Pure tokenism

    Did it ever happen though? The OP is from almost a decade ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaxonPagan View Post
    Pure tokenism

    Did it ever happen though? The OP is from almost a decade ago.
    No, thankfully it hasn't happened (yet).
    Let us not desire delights, daughters; we are well-off here; the bad inn lasts for only a night.
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    I wonder what is the status/meaning of Swiss army (in the heart of Europe)....

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