With Women in the Military Men have to stop Treating Women as the Sexual Objects they thought they Were

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 22nd, 2013

Week in Review

In the classic World War II movie Run Silent Run Deep every time they went to battle stations they patted the backside of a pinup girl.  The pinup was one of artist Gil Elvgren’s creations.  You can see it in the movie trailer just after the one minute mark.

Patting the backside of this voluptuous pinup brought the sailors good luck.  And was a constant reminder of their wife or sweetheart waiting for them at home.  Or it just let the sailor dream of the pretty woman they would one day meet at home once the war was over.  If they survived.  And the odds for that weren’t that good.  Especially for those in the submarine service.  Or anyone in combat.  So who could begrudge these boys a little titillation from a sexy pinup girl?  To remind them what they’re fighting for.  The people at home.  Pretty ladies.  And the American way.  But, alas, they can’t do that today.  Because it creates a hostile work environment.  In addition to the hostile work environment created by the enemy trying to kill them (see Navy Will Inspect Its Bathrooms for ‘Degrading’ Images of Women by Elizabeth Harrington posted 6/18/2013 on CNSNews.com).

In line with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s order for troops to have their workplaces searched for “degrading or offensive” materials — part of an attempt to curb sexual assault in the military — the Navy will inspect even its bathrooms…

The “comprehensive visual inspections” of the workspaces conducted by commanding officers will “ensure they are free from materials that create a degrading, hostile, or offensive work environment…”

All branches of the military are under orders to remove inappropriate materials from work spaces, but the Air Force has made an exception for some of the pin-up art of World War II.

According to a December 2012 Dayton Daily News report, paintings of voluptuous women will not be removed from the nose cones of old planes at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

I hate to say this but this wasn’t a problem when there were only men in combat.  Where thoughts were only focused on a sexy pinup.  And their sweetheart at home.  With women on board, though, those thoughts can drift to the woman working with them in close quarters.  Who they can kill time with during unbearable stretches of boredom at sea.  Where there is nothing to do once off duty.  So far from home.  Especially when you haven’t enjoyed the company of a woman in months.

So today the military has to deal with sexual assaults.  As well as the occasional pregnancy during active duty.  For men aren’t the only ones bored while off duty.  Women get bored, too.  And some women get together with some of the men.  And they help each other get over their boredom.  You know they are.  And there’s no point trying to tell them not to.  It’s why we give birth control to our teens.  And give them access to abortion services.  Because no matter what we say they are going to have sex anyway.  Yet a few years or so later we expect them to become puritanical and chaste.  Something we don’t dare demand of people of the same age who aren’t serving in the military.

The military is really not a good place for social experimentation.  Having to deal with sexual assaults and the occasional pregnancy takes resources away from the mission.  It is a distraction.  Trying to segregate men and women while off duty sleeping, showering or going to the bathroom.  That’s space that they have to take away from someplace else.  And on a ship there isn’t a whole lot to begin with.

If they want to cut down on sexual assaults then they should stop sexualizing women at such an early age.  And force-feeding them birth control.  Giving them access to abortion services.  And even letting girls as young as 15 buy the morning-after pill without a doctor’s prescription or parental notification.  Signaling to boys that these girls are there to have sex with.  So they have nothing but sex on the mind.  Even a well-disciplined killer in the military may falter when there is more than a pinup poster in their midst.  But an actual woman of flesh and blood.  That they may want to pat on the backside for good luck when going to battle stations.  Or more.  Because they are flesh and blood men.  Brought up in a highly sexualized world.  Where they’ve learned it’s okay to have sex with women.  Because women have birth control, access to abortion and the morning-after pill.

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