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Friday, May 31, 2013

Its official, I’m offended.

What do you find more offensive, gays in the military or the military cover up of sexual assault?
 

“You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight.”  Barry Goldwater  


 
“Soldiers who are not afraid of guns, bombs, capture, torture or death say they are afraid of homosexuals.  Clearly we should not be used as soldiers; we should be used as weapons.”  Letter to the editor, The Advocate


 
“Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?” Ernest Gaines  

 
The "gay bomb" involves discharging female sex pheromones over enemy forces in order to make them sexually attracted to each other.

 


“There is no evidence that wounded troops care about the sexual orientation of the flight nurse or medical technician tending to their wounds.” Judge Ronald B. Leighton


In the late 1940's, future U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower asked one of his aides to compile a list of known lesbians in the WACS, so they can be ferreted out. Her reply was, ”Yes, Sir, but please realize on that list will be the names of many highly regarded and even honored clerks, secretaries, nurses, motor pool workers, and my name will be at the top of the list.” Then Eisenhower’s assistant said, “And my name will be on that list too.” Upon hearing this, Eisenhower said, “Forget about the list.’”



"The one bonus of not lifting the ban on gays in the military is that the next time the government mandates a draft we can all declare homosexuality instead of running off to Canada.”  Lorne Bloch
 



Online responses to “Should gays be allowed to serve in the military?”



“Gays should not be able to go in because they have a feminime mind set. they are not men. your a girl. leave the military to us, the real men.”
 


“hey im a 6th grader and i can tell you are all being sexist.”



One of the most offensive comments I’ve read:  “I would feel like I was raped every time I took a shower.”  Are you kidding!?! You are really going to compare the two? Now that level of arrogant idiocy is offensive.  


Official Government response to Sexual Assault in the military: Rape is an “occupational hazard.”   

 

The officer in charge of the U.S. Air Force effort to curb sexual assault in the military was arrested for allegedly grabbing a woman by the breasts and buttocks in a parking lot not far from the Pentagon.

 

“The Invisible War” is a documentary about female victims of sexual assault in all branches of the military.  Several women banded together to file suit against the military for violation of their constitutional rights.



One former Coast Guard service member had her face fractured while resisting the advances of a rapist.  He is still in the Coast Guard and has never been prosecuted.  She has not been able to obtain benefits from Veterans Affairs for her injuries.



Since 1991 it is estimated that 500,000 women have been sexually assaulted in the military.



The most that the Department of Defense has done so far about sexual crimes in the military is to create a poster campaign for military personnel advocating the buddy system as a means to preventing sexual assault. In one dramatization, a female soldier leaves her workplace then runs back when a man harasses her. The soldier on duty blames her: “Why were you alone? Where was your buddy?” She replies, “I didn’t think I needed one.”




The lawsuit filed by the former servicewomen was thrown out. The Department of Defense deemed that their rapes and injuries were the result of an “occupational hazard” and therefore merited no redress.

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