First women couldn’t be in the military because it was too “tempting” to have women on military bases. Next, we could have women in the military, but they could only do non-combat duty. Now, women in the military can be in combat.
As a pacifist, I don’t want any of this; I’ve always been a pacifist and I’m sure I will die a pacifist. As a feminist, however, I support a woman’s right to choose what do with her life, and that includes military service.
What disturbs me about women in the military isn’t that they want to go and serve their country, or that they want to be able to fight for their country; it is the fact that sex, once again, is being used as an excuse for harassment, molestation and rape.
For thousands of years, males — i.e. Adam and all non-feminist men after — have used the excuse “she made me do it”. There is not a legitimate reason, ever, to sexual molest, rape, attack or violate a woman. In actuality, these things have to do with power and control, not with sex.
The military is the American bastion of male power and control. The good old boys are going to have to suck it up and get a grip on themselves; they need to realize that the only thing they have legitimate power and control over is themselves, and begin to act accordingly.
US Military Accused of Punishing Sexual Assault Victims in New Human Rights Watch Report
The United States military wrongfully discharges rape survivors while routinely avoiding punishing the accused rapist, according to a report published Thursday from Human Rights Watch.
The report details the accounts of several members of the armed forces being discharged for “personality disorders,” after being drugged and assaulted, including Juliet Simmons, Diana Gonzalez and Amy Quinn.
At times, the 270 members of the military interviewed said they were accused of lying about their rape, while other times being told to stand at attention for six to eight hours a day as punishment for making the ordeal an issue to begin with, as in Amy Quinn’s case.
The organization’s detailed analysis of some of the military’s rape cases was immediately denied by the military, which, in an email to CNN, accused HRW of not actually reviewing service records. As HRW notes, however, the military has been forced to provide several of the records they analyzed as public records.
“All too often superior officers choose to expeditiously discharge sexual assault victims rather than support their recovery and help them keep their position,” the report notes. “Very few sexual assault survivors we spoke to managed to stay in service.”
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