Sex Academy: Slut, Dyke or Bitch

 

Air Force Leaders Before Congress

Members of Congress, unable to perform chores of state, called senior members of the US Air Force to testify this week over the Lackland AFB Sex/Training scandal. It may not be more important than a “fiscal cliff” or “debt ceiling” but it is certainly more titillating.

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The Lackland case apparently includes 32 instructors sexually abusing or assaulting at least 59 recruits. The NYT reports that two instructors had “sexual encounters” with at least ten different recruits each.

Stars and Stripesreports that in 2011 there were 2,933 people investigated by DOD for sexual assault. Of those, charges have been preferred in 489 cases and 191 people have been convicted.

Air Force Chief of Staff Mark A. Welsh III has said that the biggest barrier to change is the reluctance of women to come forward to complain. One wonders if General Welsh has seen the conviction statistics? The odds of action are not very good.

In the Marines at least, the general presumption is that women “want it.” Beginning at Parris Island they are taught there are three kinds of Marine women: if you have contact with a male Marine you are a “slut.” ”Dyke” may or may not be a lesbian. Katie Appledorn, herself a Marine, said that, “Bitch is what you are supposed to be…You don’t give the men around you an inch.” Being a bitch is best and safest. (Sexual desire on the part of women makes them a whore while the same from a male is natural behavior: go for it.)

It has been said that “Academic training environments create an unforgivable imbalance of power which makes students vulnerable.” The power imbalance makes the issue of potential sexual abuse real and serious as Lackland shows. It also makes it difficult (or just about impossible) to navigate the notion of consensual sex in such an environment.

The instructors at Lackland were little more than kids in a candy store. And, in keeping with the military’s new tolerance of gays, a male instructorstands accused of sexual misconduct with two male students.

Of course, fire and rescue academies face the same challenges and have the same problems as the military. ”Drill” environments where instructors have at the least the perception of unlimited power can have great potential for incorrect “signals” and unwanted advances. Sexual conduct in an academy environment between instructors and students, consensual or otherwise, is fraught with danger. Lackland proves the case.

The inherent power imbalance between staff and students is vivid testimony for recruit firefighters in our profession to be union members from their first day in the academy. Effective union representation offsets the power imbalance and helps to ensure that recruits are employees and not the candy behind the counter.

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Eric Lamar
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Robert, You're being manipulative and clever. Don't try to be the answer grape one second and then play the victim card the next when I defend myself. You called me out and I told you why I don't think you are right. E
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Robert K
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As always, thank you for validating my inadequacies. Though not bad for a fellow James Woods grad. How about returning a phone call once in awhile.
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Eric Lamar
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First, thank you for the correction; always welcome. Second, my "birthday wishes thank you comment" was on the notion of gratitude. In fact, the hearing/brain reference taken together was in jest, I poked fun at myself. The proof is no one wished me good health because it was not the purpose of the note and…
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Robert K
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Eric, Two observations. The acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is HIPAA. Second, on January 2 (happy birthday) you shared on your fb page some personal medical information concering your hearing and a mri of your brain. What is the difference??
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Once you put it on Facebook (or any other social networking platform) you waive all rights to privacy of that information or image. It's pretty damned simple....and so are people who expect privacy after they have aired their dirty personal laundry, exposed criminal activity, made jackasses of themselves, etc. Stupid is as stupid does.
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