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|V-Jay Jay Day|
Crazy, isn't it? Hey, if they want to serve their country, women have to expect to be raped by their fellow soldiers, right? Did they expect to be on the same team or something?
And then they complain about it? Wow, that's hard to understand, isn't it?
And this is a woman making such bizarre statements. (Admittedly, it's a woman on Fox News.) She even laughs a bit about that report on violent sexual assaults in the military. Yeah, funny, isn't it? Who wouldn't get a chuckle out of that?
What did these women expect? Well, I imagine that any woman who volunteered to place herself in danger in order to serve her country would expect to be treated with respect by her own side! These women probably expected to be in danger from the enemy, but not so much from their fellow soldiers.
Is that really how the military works, that you have more to fear from your own side than from the people you're fighting? Somehow, I thought there was supposed to be a certain amount of trust among people who were all risking their lives in a common undertaking.
And since when do we shrug off rape, even when perpetrated by our own soldiers - maybe even especially when perpetrated by our own soldiers? Is that just one of the perks of being in the military then, that you get to rape whomever you wish? Somehow, I got the idea that we didn't want American soldiers raping even the enemy.
But, of course, those nasty feminists have to make such a big deal about this, don't they? Hey, man up and take your rape like a, like a... woman?
Really, I'm still struggling to get my head around the fact that it's a woman saying such insane things. Oh, not that right-wing women aren't just as crazy as right-wing men. But I guess I thought they might have a different perspective on rape, at least.
There was more to that Fox News segment than Jon Stewart shows. Here's Steve Benen:
When Fox News anchor Eric Shawn said that "many would say that they need to be protected," Trotta was unmoved. "That's funny," she said, "I thought the mission of the Army, and the Navy, and four services was to defend and protect us, not the people who were fighting the war."
"Us," in this context, apparently doesn't include Americans who wear the uniform.
The host pressed further, noting, "Well, you certainly want the people fighting the war to be protected from anything that could be illegal." Trotta was still unsympathetic, responding, "Nice try, Eric."
It's hard to even comprehend such a twisted perspective. To hear this Fox News contributor tell it, American women in the armed forces should expect sexual assaults; American men in the armed forces are likely to become sexual predators; and the American military shouldn't bother to take any of this seriously.
That anyone would find such attitudes acceptable is just stunning.
Amen to that. The right-wing continues to surprise me at just how crazy they can be. Every time I think they've reached the bottom, they demonstrate that I was wrong.