Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Where the girls aren't

"We'd ended up in the Korengal valley, a place of everglade beauty, screeching monkeys, and gruff mountain tribes. 'It's really not fit for women,' the media affairs guy had said. 'There's nowhere for you to sleep.' 'Then we'll go,' we'd said. That's where we wanted to be: the place not fit for women. By which I guess he meant male, smelly, rough. We were doing a story on air strikes and civilian casualties, and I wanted the point of view of the soldiers dropping the bombs."
-- Elizabeth Rubin, "Mother Courage: Being Pregnant on the Frontline"