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.