is rape not an issue in the miltary?? there are way more men...<quoted text>
AK, NorCal Native sums up my feelings quite nicely, but if I may elaborate.
The comparison to skin color is valid as there was a time when whites didn't want to serve along side blacks and this was SOP. It wasn't rational (sadly it is a feeling that persists in some/many individuals). Likewise there are those in the military that don't want to serve with homosexuals. These feelings are based upon irrational thoughts. One of the yammering idiots in here brings up rape. I can just see that one in an open barrack. I wouldn't think that the percentages would change in the service as compared to the general population. That means, depending upon what you believe, 2 to 10% of the military is gay. This ought to be a fairly constant rate all the way down to a single barrack. Soooo, 2% are going to launch an assault on 98% in an open barrack. I seriously have my doubts about any sort of assault going in that direction. OTOH, it isn't unreasonable to think that a gay man might get the shxt beat out of him under those same numbers.
All that said, it is a hurdle that needs jumping. Eventually we'll get there, but it'll probably involve a few bloody noses.
not in the barracks(so much), but out on training missions??
I remember the descrpition of a girl friend who went through basic(for the navy) in about 02'......she described it as all the guys in the plattoon wanting to have sex with just 4 girls.
the girls had to work extra hard to pass basic, while fending off advances, daily, by their male comrades.
rape is indeed a big problem...
dont you remember the air force acedemy scandal??? why that was only a few years ago.
It has been over a year, since president Obama finally BOWED to political pressure and scrapped DADT.
I havent heard of any bloody noses......
i figure any real altercations would be highly publicized by right wing journals...