Would the public be more likely to accept women on the front lines if they were all ugly?
That is the assumption that one female army colonel seems to be making in a leaked internal email in which she suggests that photos of 'average-looking' and 'ugly' women should be used in PR campaigns to get women into combat roles.
Colonel Lynette Arnhart is leading a team of analysts studying how to integrate women into fighting roles in the army and referenced an article featuring the attractive Corporal Kristine Tejada as an example of how pretty girls deployed on duty undermine the army's attempts convince the public.
'In general, ugly women are perceived as competent while pretty women are perceived as having used their looks to get ahead,' wrote Col. Lynette Arnhart in the email exchange seen by Politico.
The messages were sent to Army spokesmen and women to instruct them how to best talk in public about female roles on the front line.