One reason why Kayla William’s wrote this memoir about her experiences in the U.S. army is to inform the public about the hardships of being a female in the army. Females are in the immense minority. She was one of the 15% of females that fought in the war against Iraq at the time. On the very first page of Love My Rifle More Than You, Williams digs straight into her struggles with being a female in the war. On the first page, she talks about how your only choices, when you are a woman in the army, are to be a ‘slut’ or a ‘bitch’. This could be taken in many different ways. Some may take offense to this, but Williams intention was not to offend anyone, but rather to talk about her experiences with as much reality as possible. The reader is able to understand the way Williams writes right off the bat.
One major aspect of the hardships for females in the army is the sexism towards women. On page 18, in Williams opening chapter, she says, “Sex is key to any woman soldier’s experiences in the American military.” She then goes on to explain that since there are such a majority of men, many of them are desperate for women to sleep