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  •  I think you were misunderstood (7+ / 0-)

    What I got from your post above was that the problem is the military's hostility toward women.

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Wed May 15, 2013 at 07:21:09 AM PDT

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    •  exactly and how that is carried out through (10+ / 0-)

      policy and tradition.  I had a mole's eye view of women entering The Citadel and it was not pretty for the first women to enter a class as a plebe.  They were harassed and hazed to the point some dropped out though later ones persevered.   I remember the jubilation among the alumnus when the first female plebe dropped out.

      It is this embedded  attitude which is crippling the effectiveness of our military and allowing men with obvious psychological problems to continue in positions of command through all the services

      •  then fuck it. We should put women in charge (0+ / 0-)

        and we should do that at the civilian levels as well as the military levels.

        Women.

        Not the indoctrinated servants of this misogynistic bullshit hierarchy.

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        by BlackSheep1 on Wed May 15, 2013 at 12:42:07 PM PDT

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    •  If that's "the problem" then why are nearly (2+ / 0-)
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      50% of the people who say they've experienced unlawful sexual contact men?

      •  Fair enough, it's not the ONLY problem (3+ / 0-)
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        but it's the one entlord was referencing.  Which does not equate with blaming women.

        I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

        by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Wed May 15, 2013 at 07:56:01 AM PDT

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      •  Hetrocentric thinking to assume males are not (1+ / 0-)
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        Predates on by other men.

        •  It is a mistake to think that this problem (1+ / 0-)
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          is rooted in male/female archetypes.

          In fact, it is a fundamental misunderstanding of the real roots of the act of rape to think that it is really about sex.  It is about dominance, power and control - and violence.  A beating not involving any attempts to employ sex as a component of the attacker's arsenal against the victim is basically the same thing except for the fact that as a society - and as victims - we are thrown into another realm of "shame" when sexual tactics are introduced into the equation.

          What's pretty clear here is that there is a breakdown of humanity and lawful adherence to civilized society within the military now.  The sexual politics are a convenient excuse for those who argue that women should not be in the military while the reality is that this unchecked and institutionalized culture of victimization and brutality would live on if all we did was address the sexual politics.

          Let's not forget that one of the Commanding Officers who set aside a guilty verdict in one of the few sexual assault cases that was even prosecuted is a woman.

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