Sunday, December 19, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell


Sorry, I had to do the Mortal Kombat quote.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT henceforth) got repealed today. For those ignorant to it, DADT was pretty much in the military people couldn’t ask you if you were gay, and you couldn’t tell. And if you got found out you got discharged (read: fired).

On the one hand it’s not important, especially in a combat situation, what sex you prefer. And unless you’re in a undercover op where you have to seduce somebody I don’t see it coming up when you’re working.

But the enlisted do talk. They talk about their girlfriends/boyfriends/spouse back home. For example Soldier 1, 2, and 3 are talking about their girlfriends’ back home

Soldier 1: How about you Private Pile, you have a girl back home?
Closeted Soldier: No, I don’t have one back home.
Soldier 2: You don’t have a girl? Guys we need to buy Pile a lap dance at the strip club!
Closeted Soldier: No that’s ok…
Soldier 1 and 3: YAY!

So now Private Pile has the choice of either refusing (which most straight single men in the military wouldn’t and will probably raise questions) or getting a lap dance that he’s not going to enjoy.

On the other hand what sex you like doesn’t matter! Why does it matter whether Private Pile gets a stiffy over boobs or a dick? Are you straight? Yes, then he doesn’t want you! Yes he may fantasize about you when he’s doing his thing, but you fantasize about lesbians, and they sure as hell don’t want you!

Also it’s very fucking insulting to the soldiers. DADT implies that they can’t handle working with other soldiers that may be a little light on their feet. They’re supposed to be “The best, of the best, of the best, Sir!” (Men in Black) Quit treating them like they’re fucking babies! There are people in the military that are prejudiced. There are people that don’t like blacks, definitely ones that don’t like Muslims; there are the bigoted Christians that don’t have any issue trying to force their view on others. (Don’t take my word for it, look here) The homophobes can deal just as well as the white supremacists.

Goddess forbid they have to serve with *GASP* gay people! Oh, that’s right, they already are. They just don’t know it! And what are they going to do when they get out of the military? It’s illegal in most (I think most, not bothering to check) states to fire somebody because they’re gay.

Back to my starting quote. This could very well be the beginning of the end, the end of anti-gay laws. This could very well be the hypothetical pebble that starts the landslide for gay rights, including gay marriage. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but one can hope.

This has been Gwen. Your pissed off, ranting redhead. And I am still not joining the military.

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