ON MARCH 31 2014, war veteran and novelist Cara Hoffman published an op-ed in The New York Times in which she argued that war narratives — in prose, poetry, and film — have always been, and continue to be, dominated by male voices. The stories of women at war, on the other hand, she said are “nearly absent from our culture.”
Shortly thereafter, Kayla Williams — a former sergeant and Arabic linguist in a Military Intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division, and author of two memoirs about her experiences as a servicewoman at home and abroad — published an eloquent dissent to Hoffman’s piece on her personal blog. She expanded on her post in this Los Angeles Review of Books article.
Do you agree with Cara or Kayla?