I did a search for gay and military and my blog was the third result. So hopefully this wasn't posted yet!
^ The source, the ever-so-reliable front page yahoo news.
The vote was pretty close, but I hope the mock vote reflects the real one. It's been too long.
Anyways.. My question is. Does anyone know the real source of the policy? Is it one, or both??
In my eyes:
If it's out of homophobia or general dislike or discomfort with homosexuals -- this shit needs to be ended in our government entirely before we can expect the public to follow suit. It makes little sense to expect the public to not be so hateful when the government is fine with policies like this.. Saying you support the troops but hate gays is crazy to me.. there are gays serving. That's the end result.
If it's sexual repression. What I mean by that is.. the fact that there are more people around with more opportunities to indulge into sexual behavior(something generally frowned upon) -- I think the army needs a better policy. Even though women are welcomed into the military, it isn't with open arms. One arm is behind the back, and crossed. I could go on and on all day about how the military tries to take out the feminine personalities of its soldiers.. For some reason, no one believes a woman, acting as a woman, could also indulge in fighting for their country and doing their duties. Last time I checked, personality and gender and little to do with the core values. The army starts more drama than it ever needs to by trying to avoid potential drama. Either the members of our service are adults, or they are not. This idea of perception is going to get WAY worse, paperwork is going to get more numerous, and these current way-too-strict policies will have even more opportunities for corruption and mayhem.
If you're a woman.. you WILL be sexually harrassed in the workplace in the military. There are no if's, and's, or but's about that. How you handle it is different with everyone.. but it will be there. There are no percentages, or maybes.. you Will.
I can only imagine harrassment increasing with the release of this information. I think it needs to be done.. but I think they're doing things the way they did in the civil war -- Let everyone go free and talk free.. and yet, change none of the barriers that kept them sheltered in the first place.. guaranteeing that this 'landmark legislation' will fail, but look really fancy and pretty on paper.
Any thoughts? Am I totally off?