As Military Sexually Integrated, “Sexual Misconduct” Epidemic Results

by W.F. Price on June 27, 2012

A number of Air Force instructors are facing rape, harassment and/or inappropriate contact accusations, and there is a supposed epidemic of “sexual misconduct” involving female recruits. The reporting on the matter tends to conflate sexual assault (so far only one instructor accused of rape) with inappropriate consensual sex.

At this point it remains to be seen whether the man accused of rape will be convicted, but given the politics involved I wouldn’t bet on a fair court martial. As for the others, they stand accused of various minor offenses such as adultery and making unwanted advances.

I’ve written before how introducing sex into male institutions has a corrupting effect, but politically correct ideology refuses to recognize that young women tend to be sexually attracted to higher-status males. Putting a relatively young man in charge of a lot of young, fertile females is bound to lead to some sex, no matter how many threats and disincentives the man is exposed to. Sex is such a strong biological compulsion that it simply will happen — especially amongst the types who tend to join the military. This has been recognized for all of history, and soldiers were typically excused for using prostitutes or having sex with local women so long as they kept it off base.

But now we’re actually bringing the women into the bases and expecting them not to have sex with the men surrounding them. Generally, it is sterile, older feminists who are demanding that the men keep their pants on, all the while excusing the females, who even in the current case admittedly engaged in a great deal of consensual sex with military men.

So far, none of the women who had sex with the non-raping instructors have been charged with anything, although they clearly should if we are to hold them to equal standards. It may be true that instructors have more responsibility, but female recruits are adults – not children – and therefore fully capable of making sexual decisions.

However, when it really comes down to it, we ought to ask ourselves whether it’s appropriate and worth the trouble to create such a risky situation in the first place. The military is not, and never has been, an equal-opportunity employer. Nor should it be. It is an institution that has a very clear purpose – to fight and win wars – and we pay for it. It’s relatively harmless to fiddle with gender ratios at the DMV, the USPS, and even the Forest Service, but the military is not a fundamentally benign institution. It is a necessary evil, and should only be maintained at the level necessary to ensure national security. Introducing affirmative action bloat to it is not only wasteful, but a danger to national security. President Obama should be ashamed of himself for squandering our money to unnecessarily expand an institution that should be lean, mean and efficient, and for giving it a job – enforcing gender equality – it has no business doing.

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