D.A.D.T.

I’m gonna start off by saying that I don’t know very much, if anything, about the military. What I do know is what I see in movies, see in the news or what little I know from family members in the armed forces.

That being said I’m pretty sure most will agree that when one thinks of the United States Armed Forces you don’t really think about social progression. You might think about guns, masculinity, bravado and any number of clichéd stereotypes.

I was often confused about what all the hub-bub was about when the topic of homosexuals allowed to do their job without having to hide who they are came up.

I think both heterosexism and religious prejudices come into play here. Indeed heterosexism could be argued as being a spawn of religious ideology but that’s an arguement for another blog.

Heterosexism is, like any -ism out there, a systematic means of denying any non-hetereo rights and privileges based upon their sexuality. I like to remind some of what a true -ism unlike what people commonly use like racism when it’s usually prejudices instead of systematic things. Or the use of irony. But I digress.

Like I said I was confused as to what the problem was. The arguement over unity cohesion seemed flimsy as best because 1. ethnic minorities have functioned in the American army for years before this and there was little to no major issues. 2. women have the same story, though some small changes had to be made. Finally 3. If Israel can do it, why can’t we?

A thought occurs to me. If heterosexual men are somehow fearful or are repelled at the thought of being viewed in a sexual way outside their own terms? How about they ask their fellow female compatriots?

I just think the whole thing is stupid, as much as I find D.O.M.A. stupid. The arguements made against allowing gay men and women to be allowed to put their lives on the line for our country ONLY if they pretend to be straight is ridiculous. Especially since a steadily growing number of soldiers don’t care one way or another if their fellow is gay or straight because, in the field, it only matters if you have one another’s back and don’t shoot it.

Personally I believe that the politicians just use broad social issues like homosexuality as a means to an end and they don’t seem to care how many lives are destroyed in the process.

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