Pictures and calendars featuring half-naked women will be stripped from U.S. Air Force work spaces and public areas under a widespread inspection to stamp out sexual assault in the armed forces. Commanders and supervisors in all active, reserve and Air National Guard units have 10 days to complete the sweep for pin-up images or materials reminiscent of the all-male military from 20 or 30 years ago. Air Force chief General Mark Welsh said having a culture where such objectification of women is tolerated may be contributing to reports of sexual assault increasing to more than 700 this year
Generations of military men have had pin-ups. They are nothing new that would cause sexual assaults to ´´soar.´´ Political correctness always blame the wrong causes, for the wrong reasons! I´m all for women doing jobs traditionally done by men, as long as the standards are not lowered and no special accommodations, beyond restrooms and such, are made.
I´m surprised the Air Force isn´t already on board with the program. The Navy lowered the boom on this sort of stuff years ago. But guess what? It isn´t the pictures, posters, or magazines causing the assaults, it´s merely the presence of more women. As the Kid from Brooklyn would say: "Think about it!"
Where DO they get these generals? In case Gen. Welsh doesn´t know it, men have been drooling over nude women since the day Eve first appeared --- (Adam: "Hey, not bad...")
And listen, General Boobie, its not the pictures which lead to assaults. If it were, assaults would have begun skyrocketing in 1953 when Playboy was first published. But I can think of a couple of (politically incorrect)reasons why why they´re rising now.
How about insisting there´s no difference between men and women, paying no attention to the hormones raging at that age, then declaring that "separate but equal facilities" violates some tenet of equality. Everybody lives together, sleeps together, eats together, and cohabits together.
As a woman, I find this decision ridiculous and even offensive. So what they are saying is abuse if predicated by what a woman looks like, wears, how she appears, etc. ?? Looking at a good looking woman makes you want to beat her up or rape her?? Huh?? I thought we have been told time and time again, rape and abuse has nothing to do with sex or what a woman wears or doesn´t? Which is it?
Real men like to look at the female body in all states of dress and undress. This is not new but it is fantastic!! And as for the crap about looking at pin-ups (some of which, especially some of the ones form the WWII era, are as lovely as many works of "art" in museums) cause violence, that makes no sense at all.
A man appreciating the form of a woman who has obviously taken care of herself, shows off her God given beauties to her best advantage, and looks like prime baby making material, that´s called biology. Biology keeps the world turning and it´s pretty damn fun too.
Idiot policies like this have been going on in the AF for many years. They were mostly done locally by commanders who wanted to be able to say they were doing something about sexual harassment. One knucklehead PACAF general even made it a punishable offense to use language that might offend anyone, any time. Even in private. He put out a list of taboo words and then sent all his first sergeants around to all the barracks listening at doors. This was in 1992. All we could do was laugh it off. That or cry for what was once a great service.
The politicizing of the military proceeds apace. You´re not getting that star if you don´t cooperate. A picture of a naked woman is not pornography. It has been proven that erotic images do not provoke sexual assault. That being said, I don´t think a military facility should have any personal items on display. Keep your girlfriend´s picture in your wallet or in your locker. It´s not a dorm room, it´s a barracks.
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