Air Force to Scrap the Strawberry Bitch?

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by Uncle Elmer on December 9, 2012

When an organization becomes feminized, focus shifts from the efficient production of goods and services to the establishment of rules for the comfort and security of women. Ossification and organizational death are inevitable.

A recent Air Force initiative hilites this phenomena.

To combat an alleged culture of sexual predation upon female servicemembers, the Air Force has announced that commanders and supervisors in all corners of the Air Force have started a widespread sweep of all work spaces and public areas, looking for pictures, calendars and other materials that objectify women.

Pictures of scantily clad women in calendars, posters or in briefing slides have no place in a professional workplace, said Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, who ordered the service-wide health and welfare inspection.

“Quite honestly, I’m not sure what we’ll find,” Welsh said. “There might not be that many places where it’s a problem; there might be a number of places where it’s a problem. I don’t know. That’s part of my concern. That’s why we’re not going to waste time trying to figure it out one place at a time.”

The sweep is for things that Welsh said would be reminiscent of an all-male military that Air Force leaders might have believed were eliminated 20 or 30 years ago.

From a symbolic perspective, a good place for General Welsh to start would be The Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio, which houses the famed Strawberry Bitch B-24 and its risque’ nose art, a shocking reminder of a bygone patriarchy and totally innapropriate in today’s New Normal Military.

 

 

One can well imagine the consternation this provocative nose art causes grade-school teachers leading throngs of young boys and girls on Air Force Museum tours. It’s high time this relic is removed from public view and replaced with a more gender-neutral display of mid-20th century bombing technology.

My old man was a B-24 navigator who survived 30 missions over Germany in 1943. He never said anything about it other than “we got on allright”. Close to 90,000 U.S. airmen died during that conflict. I should be writing him a letter right now instead of posting this gripe on The Spearhead. Not sure what he would think of what has become of his old hard-corps military.

 

 

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Opus December 9, 2012 at 03:36

This is one of Uncle Elmer’s hoaxes?

I recall [Tacitus] that the Germans had camp followers amongst their women and the picture of the two breast-feeding soldiers reminds me of that. Come to think of it the picture below also reminds me of camp followers.

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bruno December 9, 2012 at 03:37

Luckily the military industry and warmongering politicians don’t objectify men, so no need to take action there.
Just feed them to the battlefield.

Let’s focus on those ladies getting objectified.
That’s the real problem.

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B December 9, 2012 at 04:32

From a former US Marine I ask the author to thank his ‘old man’ for his air combat service in WW2. Any veteran who has been involved in a serious conflict in the past deserves our respect.
I also share the disdain and absurdity of this ridculuous Air Force sweep- sounds like a gender fueled overreaction to a supposed problem that is not widespread throughout the organisation.When I left the Marine Corps I could see more of the feminist indoctrination edging in. Being forced to go hear a visiting women studies professor because Marines were under a naval command was just nothing but a ridiculous waste of time!
What a devastating effect it would have on young airmen not being able to put up a bikini girl calendar, and quite honestly there is no way that the Air Force can prevent all its young men from looking at online porn. The whole mandate is so contrived and unworkable that I’m suprised a male general would even consider it.

Lastl, we’ve been having these stupid gender debates for years- I think its time the feminists grew up and stopped trying to find any small thing they can to complain about.

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Elusive Wapiti December 9, 2012 at 04:42

First.

I think someone already beat Gen Welch to it, at least with “Strawberry Bitch”. Her nose art no longer features a pinup girl but a unit patch.

Good order and discipline apparently means we must whitewash history and heritage to avoid offending a protected…check that….superior class of people.

No one worries much about offending men. At least the white ones anyway.

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Coastal December 9, 2012 at 04:52

I think the phrase that really pushes it over the top is ‘professional workplace’.

Really?

Is that what it is? Kind of like Cubicle Land but with more explosives? Does that make a B52 getting hit by a SAM over Hanoi a bad day at the office? Does the policy on health and safety cover low-level strikes on an arms factory west of Shanghai?

The issue is that if you run an air force like, say, a bank then you’re only entitled to expect people to generate the same level of commitment and performance that you get from the average bank clerk. War tends to demand a little more than 9-5.

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Paul Murray December 9, 2012 at 05:28

“Her nose art no longer features a pinup girl but a unit patch.”

Relax – look at the photos: the pinup girl is on one side of the fuselage, the unit patch on the other.

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Bill December 9, 2012 at 05:45

Yea, and while we are at it lets just change the uniform to pink camo. Because god forbid any of these actions make women feel bad. Let’s special fit “love bullets” in guns that don’t kill enemies but explode on impact with a delightful sence of perfume.

God, anyone here just want to shoot these bitches that are coming up with this stuff. I just want young men to take a look at what they are dieing for. Are military is slowly becoming feminized and instead of being about efficenct and effective, we are becoming caring and acomidating.

If the military was to be truely equal, let’s make a rule that the same number of women and men have to die on the battle field each year. I know it seems harsh, but let’s just put females on the front lines without men. Who cares how effective our military is, as long as we give women equal rights to die on the battle field that’s all we should do. God, I wish these same women that make up these rules would be handed these guns and sent to the front lines. Let them actually learn what it is like in war. No feelings or emotions, just getting the job done is what it is all about.

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geographybeefinalisthimself December 9, 2012 at 06:12

“When an organization becomes feminized, focus shifts from the efficient production of goods and services to the establishment of rules for the comfort and security of women. Ossification and organizational death are inevitable.”

Pretty much indicative of how everything feminists touch turns to shit.

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jimbo December 9, 2012 at 06:39

The air force policy is an example of how “feminist horseshit” has gotten piled so high that it is doing more to cause an awakening about the insanity of feminists and feminism and more to increase the numbers of male anti-feminists and men’s rights activists than men’s rights activists themselves. And, so, in that sense, such stories can actually be looked upon as being good news. There is no doubt in my mind that more and more men of all ages are seeing the light.

Who’s a feminist? Anyone who supports the 19th because with the 19th, you get it all, like it or not.

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lol December 9, 2012 at 06:53

Since the air force doesn’t resist, they deserve EVERYTHING feminists can throw at them.

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Lyn87 December 9, 2012 at 07:51

Does that make a B52 getting hit by a SAM over Hanoi a bad day at the office?

Nah… that would be classified as “Violence in the Workplace.”

As a retired Lieutenant Colonel this ticks me off. I’ve been to war, and it’s not rainbows and unicorns: it’s about forcing a resisting enemy to bend to your will.

I never could understand why we were ordered to sit through “Violence in the Workplace Prevention” lectures: silly me – I though “Violence in the Workplace” was the whole point.

Individuals have already paid for this folly with their lives. If it continues then some day the nation as a whole will.

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lloyd l jones- Spotted Owl Lumber December 9, 2012 at 08:03

Your Pa would probably be as astonished at getting rid of the Strawberry Bitch for P C reasons as I was to see the film of the first lesbian “marriage” being performed at the U S A F chapel at the academy in Col Springs recently. Sickening and irritating. Lloyd Jones(Avery) 1959-1963 U S A F

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zed December 9, 2012 at 08:16
Does that make a B52 getting hit by a SAM over Hanoi a bad day at the office?

Nah… that would be classified as “Violence in the Workplace.”

Um, wouldn’t it technically be “A Hostile Work Environment”?

Maybe what we need to do is hire some Wimminnzz’s Studdees graduates to put on seminars for our enemies lecturing them on their deportment.

Individuals have already paid for this folly with their lives. If it continues then some day the nation as a whole will.

At the very least it puts the lie to “the ultimate sacrifice” rhetoric. How many guys are going to keep giving their lives because the top brass are acting like bozos?

And, how do former military men retain any pride in their service when it this turns out to be what they were defending?

Serious question. I have hear many ex-military men questioning “Why did I serve? This is not what I thought I was protecting.”

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Cultural_Expat December 9, 2012 at 08:35

However, it is appropriate that the Enola Gay become the feminist air force symbol, the right name and the right product delivery…deadly feminist explosion killing and maiming many with fallout torturing generation, upon generation afterwards. Give them their own goddamn air force and if men want to join it then let em. the Air Force…just another feminist playground.

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Matt December 9, 2012 at 08:51

I agree, I feel I spent 6 years on a tank for nothing. It seems that feminisim is a solution in search of a problem. PC is just a strain of the virus.

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Norm December 9, 2012 at 09:33

Your military under the constitution was never meant to be used as a police force as it is being used now. What next, pink markings!?!? If feminisation creeps in further. the US military will appear to be about as scary as Scooby Doo to the enemy.

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Lyn87 December 9, 2012 at 09:48

Good question, Zed.

When I first donned a uniform the Cold War was still a real thing, and I feel no shame over having stood against the most destructive ideology in human history. After 1991, though… not so much.

But we don’t often fully understand change while it is occurring, and it took a long time for me to come to my current perspective, which is that we made a lot of mistakes and some (not all, but much) of what I thought I was defending either 1) no longer exists, and/or 2) wasn’t worth defending in the first place, and/or 3) wasn’t protected by what I was doing. It was a tough realization, but knowing what I knew at the time I know that I did what I could – within the scope of my influence and authority – to do the right things and not be part of the problem.

Knowing what I know now – if I were 18 years old today I would not raise my right hand.

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El Bastardo December 9, 2012 at 10:14

I am sick of it; I can’t wait for them to fight their own wars. When they have to cover up their own folishness; the government will reinstitute the draft to force men into training so it can win its wars; patting these consumer-sychophantic walking vaginas a comuslory thanks you for your service. Now get the hell outta the way. Will they ever be called on their BS? Does not look like it now.

They are all idiots; Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Boehner, Bush 1 n 2, Clinton, Hitlery Clinton, the two B’s in that air force photo with their tits hangiing out and anyone else I failed to mention.

If we lose our sovereignty because we failed to keep our women in check; I have as much sympathy for us as any enemy who succeeded in curtailing their own.

Our women are out of control; including that “male” general who is acting like one. It is no wonder we can’t get any real men in office; they don’t have a pussy. Real or imagined. They think we won because of technology. It played its part.

But it was the men, working together as a team despite their differences that overcame our collective adversity in war. NOT WOMEN.

If this crap stands, how can we as a nation, people, society think we are going to when we need men to fight? I pray the economy runs out of money soon; no matter how bad a Great Depression is going to be. Look at the smiling women in those uniforms laughing about what they are doing; and receiving no punishment for insubordination.

Insane. If they act like this in peace time; what will they do in wartime?

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crypter27 December 9, 2012 at 10:24

All this PC bullshit will destroy our military,then they can bring in the robots.

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keyster December 9, 2012 at 11:00

The NFL ensconces itself in pink every October to make people aware of breast cancer awareness, who otherwise might have been living under a rock.

Out on the grid iron 300 pound men that run 4.4 40′s are hitting each other in the head, twisting necks, pulling out knees, etc. – – all to sacrifice the second half of their lives to pain or dementia/mental illness. Yet they MUST where pink (for a woman’s cause) while they do this. Is that irony or what?

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Tom936 December 9, 2012 at 11:47

Air Force have started a widespread sweep of all work spaces and public areas, looking for pictures, calendars and other materials that objectify women.

Nobody can stop the Feminist crazies from saying that a poster of a pretty girl “objectifies women”, but that’s not the way sane people talk or think.

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freebird December 9, 2012 at 13:24

“Our women are out of control; including that “male” general who is acting like one.”

Indeed,betrayal from the top is NOT a good way to boost morale.

I can imagine a young serviceman thinking:
“General-you’re looking for pinups?
Howse about looking up my ass you sanctimonious prick.

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freebird December 9, 2012 at 13:27

“Nobody can stop the Feminist crazies from saying that a poster of a pretty girl “objectifies women”, but that’s not the way sane people talk or think.”

There’s another point.
How wants a leader that is either:
1. Insane.
Or
2.Frightened
or
3. Insane AND frightened!

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Tam the Bam December 9, 2012 at 15:17

The military will continue to attract women like filings to a magnet for one reason.
All those benefits and entitlements; schoolfees, healthcare, pensions, loans and I don’t know what all else (being a decidedly un-military chap), lavish and perpetual.
It’s simply a question of getting inside the still-living body of the paralysed caterpillar, and eating it out like wasp-grubs. ‘Tis their natural Right. Feet under the table first, then set about demanding that (somebody else) fix it so that it’s nice and safe and “flexible” in accordance with their moods.
So all that silly male war-fighting has to go, for a start, just keep the uniforms, and restrict activities to motoring round the world “beating up the wogs” (as British Imperial policy was once characterised ), on occasional daytime forays not too far from the PX.
‘Fat acceptance’ up next?

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zed December 9, 2012 at 16:05

When I first donned a uniform the Cold War was still a real thing, and I feel no shame over having stood against the most destructive ideology in human history. After 1991, though… not so much.

But we don’t often fully understand change while it is occurring, and it took a long time for me to come to my current perspective

Good answer, Lyn87.

It seems to me that ideology is not done with us yet. These days it is pretty difficult to figure out which guys are the bad guys.

I wonder if Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh would issue directives like this if the Soviet Union were still a credible military threat. I have serious doubts that a group can simultaneously serve as an effective fighting force, and as lab rats for some grand social experiment.

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Stealthmodeon December 9, 2012 at 19:08

“We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won’t allow them to write “fuck” on their airplanes because it’s obscene!”

Col. Kurtz (Apocalypse Now)

Everything old is new again…..

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JFinn December 9, 2012 at 21:46

The NFL ensconces itself in pink every October to make people aware of breast cancer awareness, who otherwise might have been living under a rock.

Out on the grid iron 300 pound men that run 4.4 40′s are hitting each other in the head, twisting necks, pulling out knees, etc. – – all to sacrifice the second half of their lives to pain or dementia/mental illness. Yet they MUST where pink (for a woman’s cause) while they do this. Is that irony or what?

Great comment.

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Gilgamesh December 10, 2012 at 14:48

“I can imagine a young serviceman thinking:
“General-you’re looking for pinups?
Howse about looking up my ass you sanctimonious prick.”

Now that DADT’s no longer a factor be careful what you wish for…

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T December 10, 2012 at 17:49

At least in the photo, those two white Servicewomen were having babies, and white ones at that.

Thank heaven for small favors.

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MaMu1977 December 11, 2012 at 13:14

This isn’t new. I received my first LOC (Letter of Counseling) from my Group Superintendent for the “crime” of tacking a “Black Bathing Beauties” calendar in my quarters. Adding insult to injury, my supervisor’s advice was to “take it down when she’s doing inspections, then put it back up when she leaves.”

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gender foreigner January 13, 2013 at 18:42

El Bastardo December 9, 2012 at 10:14
“If we lose our sovereignty because we failed to keep our women in check; I have as much sympathy for us as any enemy who succeeded in curtailing their own.”

Dear El Bastardo:
Your comments were pre-echoed by an advisor to King Xerces (spelling) in the book of Esther (the bombshell who married the king in place of his Hillary).

When the King was reflecting on what to do about his rebellious wife, one of his advisors told him point-blank that if he didn’t put his wife into place he would lose his kingdom.

As per, “objectifying” sexually in the workplace, I can recall how WOMEN called breastfeeders (aka, “nurses”) objectify women in their work stations by having calendars of fireMEN scantily clad. Just look for such and you will find it. Another place is inside the WOMEN’s lockers on the inside of the door, generally at the top.

One can find such things in women’s government air forces, women’s government schools, etc.

And, of course, whereas icons of, “objectification” can be found (females against males as per the above included), one find EXCLUSIVELY WOMEN CONCRETELY OBJECTIFYING MEN in the field of deployment. For the 30-some percent of the women who do not successfully envoke, “pregnant-soldier syndrome, pregnant-sailor syndrome, pregnant-airgirl syndrome…,” they press the men in the field as OBJECTS of their pressure. They press them serially to enseminate them vaginally so that they can envoke this exclusivelly feminine war crime (using civilian babies in the womb as human shields–a war crime as per the 1949 Geneva Convention).

The women go around to man after man pressing for such studding. They substantially objectify men as their tickets out of theatre because they literally want to femininely, “f–k off.” The cows’ claim about objectication must be outted for what it is: a lot of bull.

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gender foreigner January 13, 2013 at 18:44

P.S. When the 1949 Geneva Convention was written, for its signatories (including women’s Canada, the United Queendome, the Feminist States of America…, it was a crime to kill babies in the womb. As such, the claim to exclusive femiine war crime, “in gender-based violence in war” must be outted and held against the seig heil feminazis and their mangina friends.

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gender foreigner January 13, 2013 at 18:56

P.P.S Of course, one must not forget the objectification that the women commit in the UNIFORMED services (not the ARMED services–we are talking about women) as per the babies in the womb.

Just as in the women’s government schools in which women’s governments poster the walls with messages to slut women that they can obtain eighteen years of $30,000/year for having a bastard, so do the women’s armed/uniformed services actually encourage pregnant-soldier… syndrome by way of their slut-payment systems.

Parasite leave in the services (feminists call it, “maternity leave”) actually encourages pregnant-servicegirl syndrome. As such, in the context of the services, parasite-leave programs aid and abet gender-based violence in war as women objectify civilian babies in the womb as human sheilds for the uniformed-service women.

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Jeff February 17, 2013 at 15:49

We are all Keynesians women now.

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Shannon March 28, 2013 at 20:57

gender foreigner – Wow, it’s amazing to hear such a closed minded and clearly anti-women statement. I am not in the service, but have considered it, am married, fit (I run 20 miles or so per week), and reasonably young without commitments at this point (meaning children). I don’t think it’s a safe assumption to say that a woman isn’t a valuable addition to the military…I know several men who would be bigger wusses than myself or some of my friends just physically. I can outrun my husband by many miles any day of the week and could tolerate a life-threatening crisis much better too. I wouldn’t call myself a Feminist, but WTF? Women want a chance to serve our country, and they are met with everything from disrespect on up to outright rape. We are not in the 1950s anymore, so move the fuck on and adapt. Women have a place in our country’s defense, if they so choose. Shame on you for referring to maternity leave as “parasite leave”. What is wrong with you? Your last statement about “civilian babies in the womb” made no sense at all. I’d like to hear a valid and educated reason why women are not a valued part of the military. It’s obviously not about performance or a woman’s ability to meet the expectations of a man, so what is it that’s so threatening?

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jcm August 1, 2013 at 21:51

this type of thing started after tailhook and REP . PAT Schroader emascalated the military…fear of offending anyone …P.C.

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Michael Park August 6, 2013 at 23:00

It’s too late folks. I was severely reprimanded for taking a photo of of the lovely nose art with my trusty Brownie camera. I was 10 years old and my mother took the camera with with the film. I never saw my Brownie again. It was around 1965 and I had photos of The Thunderbirds in their F-100s. I’ll never forget SB’s nose art. She was completely naked and had very prominent nipples that even a 10 year old boy could appreciate. I even got to go aboard and play with the bombsight. There isn’t a photo on this site that’s even close. God save us from political correctness!

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Steve McNew September 5, 2013 at 11:43

Right you are, Michael Park! It has been an interesting evolution of the warping of history, shown on the SB’s nose, over the years. Is this the biggest worry the nation has, to worry about? No wonder that history sometimes gets a bad name, and is made harder to understand!

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