February 17, 2012

WTF Liz Trotta?

I came across a rather scathing blog post regarding Liz Trotta basically stating that women in the military should expect to be raped.

Now I'll admit my first response was, "duh"....but bear with me for a second here....my mind immediately went back to survival school when we were instructed that historically yes, our female prisoners of war are often/generally raped by our enemies.

As far as everyday military women, nope....not buying it.  I call bullshit.

After viewing the associated video with the post I noticed that the clip had been edited.  Although I doubt it was for any reason other than for time as far as illustrating the author's point of view, one has to be concerned that there could be some other reasons for the edit.

A quick trip to You Tube yielded me this:

Now I have a couple of thoughts here:

  1. Asking a journalist to comment on a "news" show as if she was an expert in another field is ludicrous.  It's like asking a couple of high school pseudo-intellectuals which Cabernet they like the best.
  2. The raw stats mean jack shit.  A 64% increase in reported rapes could actually be a good thing. Again, bear with me for a moment here.  Military rapes, like most rapes, have been historically under-reported.  With all of these extra services that Ms. Trotter is spouting off about, more women could be coming forward.  Hell.....rapes could actually be on a downswing.  I doubt it personally, largely because the current operational tempo, but that is beside the point.
  3. Thank you lady.  Thank you for telling the world that as a serviceman I'm a scumbag rapist.  I love you too.

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