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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-01-08 03:52 PM
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20. Is anyone really all that surprised?
Edited on Fri Aug-01-08 03:53 PM by SoCalDem
Women in the military have never "really" been accepted.. The good ole boy network grudgingly "accepted" them when they were there to type & file & maybe even drive a vehicle , and of course having the "cute ones" around for "after-hours" fun & games might have been ok, but many macho-military types bristle at the very thought of taking orders from a "gal"..

and women used to get a "pass" from combat duty, which pissed off a lot of men who saw the "gals" getting equal pay to theirs (and sometimes more, because women tended to get busted less often for transgressions), and yet the "gals" were paid and safe.. (That has changed now, but the front-lines chaos actually makes the women MORE vulnerable to attacks from their fellow soldiers)..

Women's military service was ALWAYS voluntary, even when there was a draft, but back then women were not as much of a "threat" to the men.. They did not demand much..

Enter the volunteer military and we have a sub-set of men who crave action, adventure, guns, & violence... who have always liked the idea of a military life, but we no longer have the tempering influence of drafted musicians, writers, artists, quiet bookish guys... We have guys who couldn't quite pass the police exams, guys who like to kick ass now and take names later..soldiers of fortune, with a mercenary mentality..

and the women who join?.. well, many of them are small town women with kids..women who see the military as a way to provide for their single parent families or young girls from small towns who don't want a life of clerking at the 7-11 or selling soft-serve at the DQ..

Young people are always going to be interested in each other, but military guys tend to be controlling people, and many are quite chauvinistic...even in the 21st century..

I know this sounds simplistic or even stereotypical, but I was raised in a military family and I live in a military community, and I grew up seeing this, and still do..
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