Objectifying a Woman in a Sexy Cheerleader Outfit cannot bring Respect to that Woman as she dons her Air Force Uniform

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 1st, 2014

Week in Review

There is a connection between lower physical standards for women in the military and sexual harassment and assault of these women.  Some men resent the women in the service academies because they can score higher by doing less (see Lower Standards for Women in Service Academies may play Role in Sexual Harassment and Assault posted 1/12/2014 on PITHOCRATES).  For in their eyes these women would not even be there had it not been for the preferential treatment they get in the form of lower physical standards.  They don’t respect them as peers.  And think of them only as the weaker sex.  Objectifying them.  Thinking that they are good for only one thing.  Perhaps thinking the only reason why some are still in the service is because they advanced through the ranks on their backs.  Pleasing their commanding officers with sexual favors in return for promotions.  And better duty assignments.  Which leads to these horrendous acts of sexual harassment and assault.

Man can evolve from Neanderthals.  And has.  But you can’t take the Neanderthal out of man.  Some can suppress it better than others.  But some can never lift their knuckles from the ground.  Figuratively, of course.  And will resort to bad/criminal behavior.  Women aren’t asking for this trouble.  Their government just gave it to them by creating an environment where men have to do more to score as high as women score.  And something like this just isn’t going to make things any better (see Seahawks cheerleader and Air Force first lieutenant Alicia Quaco by Jay Busbee posted 1/30/2014 on Yahoo! Sports).

Quaco, 25, is a first lieutenant in the Air Force. A graduate of the Air Force Academy, she had some work to do to convince her superiors that part-timing as a Sea Gal was a good use of her time.

Is she a sexy cheerleader who is also a first lieutenant in the Air Force?  Or is she a first lieutenant in the Air Force who is also a sexy cheerleader.  I wonder what the men who serve under her will think.  Will they be thinking about the mission at hand?  Or will they be thinking about that poster of her in her cheerleader outfit?  With her toned midriff exposed.  Her tight shorts that leave little to the imagination.  Her sexy top showing ample cleavage.  That gorgeous mane of blonde hair cascading down her shoulders.  Those long, sexy legs.  Yes, I wonder what the men who must report to her will be thinking about when they see her.

Her Air Force uniform is anything but sexy.  Because being sexy has nothing to do with the mission.  In fact, being too sexy may only distract from the mission.  As the teenage men serving under her are little more than boys who buy Playboy and Penthouse magazines.  Or magazines that are a little racier.  The kind of things many have tried to limit the sale of around military installations.  For they tend to demean and objectify women.  Which can cause problems when men have to work with women.

Empowering women by being sexy and empowering women with careers in the military just somehow don’t go together.  Parents tell their daughters not to send nude photos of themselves to their boyfriends because they will be out there in cyberspace forever.  Coming back to haunt them when they apply for their first job.  Or run for political office.  Imagine this first lieutenant reporting one day to an international command.  Attending a meeting as a staff officer with foreign dignitaries.  Who may be more interested in the cheerleader officer rather than the business at hand.

If women have had to work harder to be respected in the military this cannot help their cause.  For objectifying a woman in a sexy cheerleader outfit just cannot bring respect to that woman as she dons her Air Force uniform.

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In the Face of Force and the Willingness to use that Force the Iranians back off the Hostile Rhetoric

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 22nd, 2012

Week in Review

The Iranians love diplomacy.  Because they see it as a sign of weakness and don’t respect it.  They respect only one thing.  Force.  And the willingness to use it.  Which they’ve seen of late.  And have backed off of their shutting down the world’s oil supply rhetoric (see After threats, Iran plays down U.S. naval moves by Robin Pomeroy and Hashem Kalantari, Reuters, posted 1/21/2012 on Yahoo! News).

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Saturday it considered the likely return of U.S. warships to the Gulf part of routine activity, backing away from previous warnings to Washington not to re-enter the area.

The statement may be seen as an effort to reduce tensions after Washington said it would respond if Iran made good on a threat to block the Strait of Hormuz – the vital shipping lane for oil exports from the Gulf.

The US said say all you want but that carrier will be there.  And it will respond to any hostile acts such as blockading the Strait of Hormuz.  As will their steadfast ally the Brits.  Who sent a serious naval asset to the region.  A Type 45 destroyer.  A single ship that can shoot down anything the Iranians can throw into the air long before hitting any US, UK or other friendly target.  And, of course, with that US carrier and its task force on station as well the response to that failed Iranian attack would have been devastating.  The Iranians would have had their asses handed to them.

They’ll talk until everyone is blue in the face.  To them diplomacy is unmanly and a sign of weakness.  They simply don’t respect it.  But project force and be willing to use that force and they will respect that.  Which is the only thing they will respect.

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