The body of Nicole Mittendoff, Fairfax firefighter, was located in Shenandoah National Park and the cause of death has been ruled a suicide by hanging.
News reports suggest that anonymous postings on the site Fairfaxunderground about sexual activity may have led to her death.
The postings are being characterized as an act of “cyber-bullying.”
Statter911 has referred to them as “sexist and lurid.”
Male firefighters crow about their sexual exploits with female firefighters and paramedics and then refer to them as whores suggesting that consensual hook-up sex is a male right only.
Perhaps they are just jealous or hypocrites, or both.
Sex and Pleasure
The recentÂ Fairfaxunderground postings are heavy on Christian marriage vow morality while calling Mittendorff out for apparently having multiple partners, perhaps some of whom may have been fellow employees.
For those assertions, if true, she is branded a “whore” or worse.
Her accusers, while seeming to adopt the moral high ground, remain anonymous, thereby proving that their charges lack the courage of transparency and legitimacy.
They preen, scold and malign behind their cloak of cyber secrecy, cowards all.
Sex with or without the vows of marriage doth make a lass a whore while laddies can’t shut up about the last time they sprayed their seed around. Â And, Â a blowjob doesn’t even count.
It’s About Power, Stupid
The essential and defining characteristic of the much mustachioed and leather topped firefighter is his epic virility.
The firehouse and fire itself were once bastions of maleness and Nicole and those of her ilk have smashed that hazy daguerreotype into Â a million pieces.
Their punishment is to be branded as sluts for possible consensual sexual activity, the same sex freely enjoyed by their male counterparts.
There can be little doubt that this sudden sexual prudishness is really about damaging and degrading the role of women in the fire service.
Ironically, the lads have forever claimed a double standard where the presence of women is concerned and now they employ one themselves where they are the most vulnerable: Â their (losing) battle to keep their dicks in their pants.
The fiery Luddites have sensed a phony morality-based power play and they are working it behind the scenes, eunuchs that they are.
Judge ye be not judged.
Fairfax Fire Chief Richard Bowers issued a statement yesterday where he referred to the department as his (it isn’t) and then tried to buy time by saying, “…right now we ask that we be allowed to grieve the loss of one of our own.”
Admittedly, it’s a close call to ferret out threatening behavior from the legitimate expression of free speech, especially where the internet is concerned.
Bower’s first act should be to provide a report covering the last five years detailing every effort he has made to keep Fire & Rescue Department members trained up on workplace tolerance and anti-harassment and bullying.
Publish the general orders and training materials proving his commitment and give us the exact number of employees reached and the dollar amounts expended on the initiative.
Labor is on the hook too.
What has Local 2068 done to ensure a safe and equitable work environment?
Commitment to the Future
Nicole Mittendorff’s act of desperation is in fact a renewed call for justice and equity.
Let’s not let anonymous cowards employing phony and unfairly applied sexual rules destroy the vision of a progressive and fair Fire and Rescue Department.