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Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Women Hardest Hit

In the era of oversensitivity, I am going full metal un-PC…

Alright folks, I am a big proponent of the “Don’t Ask and Don’t Tell Policy”; however, I am a even bigger proponent of the previous policy of keeping your homosexuality to yourself, period.  Sorry, but I have little empathy or sympathy for homosexuals in the military.  Why am I this way you ask?  It is because I am a 33 year old male, who grew up in a different period of time, the 80’s.  As much as I would appreciate a shower with my wife, I prefer not to shower with a compliment of females, and similarly I would rather not be with openly homosexual men.  Yes, I am that good looking.  I also sincerely do not see why open homosexuality in the military has become such a desire for such a small percentage of the population as it is.  You want to serve in the military? You follow the policy.  You do not like the policy?  Don’t go into it or get out of the military altogether. 

All of that said, I do not believe that homosexual males and females are any less capable then heterosexual males and females respectively.  I am an engineer and scientist, and I design systems and technologies to be used by the 5th and 95th percentiles of females and males respectively.  No where in my design critieria is a caveat for homosexuality; therefore, my designs do not discriminate.    

From a report written by Lisa Leff at the AP posted at the following link:

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20091008/D9B75MG81.html

Women are far more likely than men to be kicked out of the military under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy against gays in uniform, according to government figures released Thursday that critics said reflect deep-seated sexism in the armed forces.

My colleagues, let me explain something to you from the perspective of someone that works with the Marines everyday.  Homosexual men risk greater ostrication and ridicule then I believe their female counterparts receive; therefore, expect females to be more comfortable expressing their homosexuality than their male counterparts.  Here is a female EX-Marine (note I did not say former) who works for a gay-military advocacy group… 

“Often times the lesbians under my command were under scrutiny by the same men who were also sexually harassing straight women, so it was this kind of sexist undercurrent of ‘You don’t belong here,'” said Anuradha Bhagwati, a former Marine who founded the Service Women’s Action Network, an advocacy group.

Let me tell you something, male Marines I work with show no interest in what this women just claimed.  Lets face the facts (no offense to the women), but men (many I know) see military women as lesbians until proven otherwise.  Yes, prejudice plays a role, and it biases men like me to assume military females tend to be lesbians; however, I do not see any examples of this in the command.   At least I am backed up in the story with the following:

Nathaniel Frank, a researcher at the Palm Center, a University of California, Santa Barbara, center specializing in gays and the military, said one partial explanation is that homosexuality is more common among women in the service than among their male comrades.

Then the man disappoints me with the following:

But Frank and some women who served in the military said the gap could also be a result of “lesbian-baiting” rumors and investigations that arise when women rebuff sexual overtures from male colleagues or do not meet traditional notions of feminine beauty.

Of course there are people falsely accused; however, I can not see the military expelling the offenders for accusations of simple homosexuality made by counterparts without the admission by the accused.

After all of that, you should be alarmed right? OMG the DADT policy is sexist, bigoted, homophobic right? Hardly, here is where the numbers bring you back to reality…

Women accounted for 15 percent of all active-duty and reserve members of the military but more than one-third of the 619 people discharged last year because of their sexual orientation. The disparity was particularly striking in the Air Force, where women represented 20 percent of all personnel but 61 percent of those expelled. That is a significant jump from the previous year and marks the first time women in any branch of the military constituted a majority of those dismissed under “don’t ask, don’t tell,” researchers said.

Now this is where I find this whole story to be misleading, 619 people were expelled from the military for violation of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.  Snark On… Wow, it appears we have a systemic problem with this policy.  Snark Off…  Come on, really 15% of active duty but make up 33% of 619.  So, in numbers we have 204 (33%) of 619 and what it should be according to this story is 93 (15%).  Those numbers are not striking to me, are they to you?  Now this is where I have a problem with the media, this story is a non-starter; however, given the goal of GLBT community is to say that the policy is not just discriminatory against GLBT, but it is also sexist.  I would advise the Pentagon to not comment on this story period, the premise is completely overblown and unacceptable.  At least the Pentagon seems to be following my advice…

Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said officials would not speculate on why women accounted for a disproportionate share of those dismissed for being gay, adding that even inquiring about it might run afoul of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Given my explanation in the previous paragraph, the rest of the numbers and percentages that were derived in this story are even more dubious and are required to be ignored.