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On the heels of other scandals in Iraq, there is finally one that elements of left and right will finally be able to unify in opposing. It seems that Defense has been sponsoring dance troupes to visit installations in Iraq.
The story has been brewing for at least a year and leapt onto the national scene with a snark-ridden article by the New York Times’ Michael Gordon entitled Dancers Land in Iraq. Marines Offer No Resistance.
Hands on their miniskirted hips, Amber and Renee posed at each side. Dani stood behind and held the marine’s rifle as the camera snapped the photo. Some of the young marines who lined up for the memento were so mesmerized by the experience that they had to be reminded not to leave their weapons behind.
The “Purrfect Angelz” are no strangers to touring the war zone. Last year Scripps Howard ran an article bemoaning the decadence that allowed them to entertain the troops.
Sharon Kibiloski is in Baghdad, and she's fighting mad.
The target of the U.S. Air Force captain's ire is the U.S. Army - and what Kibiloski views as the Army's misguided efforts to raise troop morale by sending a scantily clad female troupe called "The Purrfect Angelz" on a two-week tour of military installations in Kuwait and Iraq.
A lavender flier advertising the troupe's Baghdad show portrays a quartet of women wearing faux military uniforms that consist of headgear, halter tops and hot pants. According to its Web site, the Angelz' act consists of singing, provocative dancing and acrobatics.
"The show only appeals to men, and in my mind has the potential to increase sexual advances toward female soldiers afterward," Kibiloski said in e-mails and reiterated in a telephone interview. "To me, if the military really cared about sexual harassment, they would not sponsor such a show."
Kibiloski, who is serving as a public affairs officer in Baghdad's International Zone, stressed she was speaking not in her official role, but as an outraged woman.
I’m sure those who are against this are well intentioned (though one can’t help but notice Captain Kibiloski’s views on the effects of men seeing women partially clothed is remarkably similar to that held by fundamentalist Muslims) but they really need to get a life.
Ann Margaret and Raquel Welch toured Vietnam, Marilyn Monroe toured Korea, Betty Grable and others toured with the USO during World War II. I think it is safe to say that they didn’t make those tours to engage in discussions of political philosophy and comparative religion. They toured because they realized that soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines away from home represented the key demographic of their fan base: young, sex deprived men.
We went through twenty years of feminization of the military. A concerted effort was made to change the military from a workplace where women were treated with respect to a workplace where the feelings of women were paramount. The highlight of the equality jihad was the purge of the ranks of naval aviation in the wake of the Tailhook kerfuffle. The reign of terror the Defense Advisory Committee on Women In The Service (DACOWITS) carried out against military readiness cannot be underestimated.
None of this is to denigrate the contributions made by those women who have served but to highlight that those traits which we traditionally associate with the feminine are uniquely unsuited to the functioning of military units, particularly units in combat.
Units in combat are primarily young men aged 18-25 and in the immortal words of Rudyard Kipling
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
Now that the issue has wended its way into the august pages of the New York Times, I’m sure we will hear more about it… loudly…. And screenchingly. I hope the services don’t buckle to the inevitable pressure. A young Marine lance corporal who’s in danger of having his fourth point of contact thoroughly ventilated by a roadside bomb or gunman deserves something more satisfying in the way of entertainment than The Wiggles.