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BleedingHeartPatriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-10-07 02:19 PM
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Yikes. I think I had a slightly different experience. The military is like so many other
large, bureaucratic, unwieldy organizations. Most, whether military or civilian, embrace male cultural mores. A very few, for instance in some health care venues or perhaps IT, have a more feminist focused culture. One factor of a defined culture resides in the sheer number of men vs. women in the institution and in influential positions.

The military takes the "warrior" aspect of male culture and leverages it in both its positive and negative facets. My favorite part of male culture is the fostering of esprit de corps, an emotionally elevating experience at which men excel.

There are many very decent people in the military. And, one cannot ignore the fact that the troops are composed of young men and women, who are in their physical prime. Add the intensity of emotion that everyone is experiencing and you have plenty of men and women consensually having sex, as well the unsavory and ugly bartering you describe.

Sexuality is a strong drive, for both genders and particularly overwhelming in this combination of situations. And, the men greatly outnumber the women. So, any woman going into that situation should be cognizant of who the good guys are and try to focus on the doing the best in the situation at hand. Report everything, even it seems to disappear down a hole.

The military is a documentation driven institution and filing formal reports will get attention. Ask for copies of the report,and keep your own separate documentation, even if it's hand written notes. A small notebook and a pen at all times, stuck in the pocket of your BDU's.

I do wonder if the very young, at times naive, women who are joining right now are truly understanding the implication of becoming a female soldier or Marine. An enlisted woman in the military must always be observant and willing to be outspoken, when the situation calls for it.

I worry that fear may make women in the combat theater today succumb to the pressure you describe. Any scummy guy who takes advantage of a genuinely fearful woman is, well, scummy. They need the light shining on their cowardly asses. Again, the good guys don't want this crap happening, either.

For some reason, your phrase "a woman who refuses to be promiscuous" caught my attention. I think that word has very interesting implications, since it suggests a standard to define "too many" sexual partners. Is the standard 2 or 200? :shrug: MKJ
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