Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Military's Sex Strategy Is a No-Win Situation

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Military's Sex Strategy Is a No-Win Situation

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IF men and women are going to serve together in the military, the rules regarding sex should be changed. That's the only way to avert what the headline writers and broadcasters breathlessly refer to as "sex scandals."

Think about it: The military might be the last place in our society where it is possible to have a "sex scandal."

It doesn't happen in the world of entertainment, where Madonna and other big stars have children without benefit of marriage and nobody even snickers about it. In sports, some of the top names have fathered children by this or that female acquaintance even before they quit college for pro careers. And in politics, we have a president who was re-elected and saw his popularity rating go up while facing a sex-related lawsuie shocked if they saw a headline that said: "College students engaging in sex" or "Professor reported sleeping with teaching assistant." And in Chicago, a most conservative city, the mayor has said he wants to give health benefits and such to the live-in partners of homosexual city workers. That this mayor's name is Daley is the only shocking aspect to it. But we're supposed to be wide-eyed that in an army that has more than 50,000 females training and working closely with a few hundred thousand ma les, there would be an occasional surrender to glandular urgings. So what happens? What is really a predictable occurrence turns into a scandal, with people locked in stockades and put on military trial for engaging in that which happens every Friday night in singles bars across the nation: making out. We have female soldiers holding a news conference to say that they engaged in "consensual" sex, but superiors tried to bully them into saying it was rape. If that's true, the bullying and distorting of what actually happened is far worse than anything that went on between the sheets. It's trying to pin a fake criminal charge on someone. And the people who do that should be locked up and court-martialed themselves. The main concern about sex in the military appears to be that some cads will use their higher rank to persuade lower-ranking females into satisfying their lusts. …

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