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  •  It is a mistake to think that this problem (1+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III

    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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