Helen Benedict, a journalism professor at Columbia, (emphasis added) has interviewed an assortment of female veterans and constructed “The Lonely Soldier Monologues” from their words.
the bulk of the dialogue is revelatory and disturbing. Sexual harassment and assault by fellow soldiers is a constant theme. Lack of respect is another, and isolation yet another, women still being a small minority of the military population.Revelatory and disturbing? Right, like no play by a feminist "journalism professor" has ever dealt with the themes of sexual harassment, rape, and "lack of respect!" Really, the hardest part in writing this surely must have been in deciding how best to balance Leftist cliches about the lousy life of soldiers against Feminist cliches about the lousy lives of women.
But commendably, the play doesn’t merely ask for equal treatment; it also nods to the particular emotional pressures felt by women in the combat zone, many involving the Iraqi children who would approach soldiers or their convoys.
“You’re supposed to run over them,” one soldier laments. “I was a day-care teacher.”