We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Sexual interest is obviously one of the primary human motivators. Blame it on biology, or God, or whatever. Wherever you put people together, especially young people in their prime, sexual curiosity will be in the air. This epidemic has been forever.
It doesn't matter whether they are gay, straight, or mixed-up. It happens when you put people together. People of strong character do not act on impulse when it is inappropriate, but many cannot resist the pull or just don't want to resist. It's fighting nature, and the addition of alcohol or other substances doesn't help. Neither does being away from home. People do get attached, form bonds, develop partnerships, loyalty, etc but raw desire has no respect for these civilized things. Furthermore, people need, at the very least, some form of "maintenance sex" for comfort but it is no insulation from reckless desires and romantic aspirations.
It seems to me that "sexual harassment" has come to include many expressions of virile or feminine sexual interest, extending the concept far beyond physical aggression (which is illegal. That is termed "assault," and can be felonious) to "unwelcome" advances.
In my life, I have been subject to hundreds of unwelcome advances from both men and women, and some of them were, well, forceful but not physically forceful. Weaker women might view much of it as harassment, but I took most of it in good humor because my brothers, my protectors, taught me about male tendencies. Women learn how to brush them off, but one of those advances turned out to be my husband of quite a few years and up to the present. A good guy, very shy and very smart, but who got up his courage to act like any other jerk because he felt he could not resist me. I could somehow tell that he was a good guy.
Now I read that the US Navy doesn't want guys looking at pictures of girls in the bathroom. What do they want these fellows to do for relief? Do they want an all-gay Navy? Or eunuchs?
The USN wants the PR show of looking like it is "doing something," because that is what is required to make bad situations simmer down for awhile. They are, in the end, a government agency, and have to respond to the public, especially bad press.
And here you go trying to apply reason and common sense to PR. That will only make you unhappy.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
What AVI said but also "normal" is the new abnormal I do believe.
I agree this is largely a feel good...let's do something...tactic.
The Air Force went through this drill about six months ago. Photos of WWII nose art, copies of Maxim magazine, squadron "doofer books" (a flying unit chronicle of humor, missteps, etc.), at least one Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader poster, and even a few, heaven forbid, Playboys, were disposed of, to give some examples. Of some 26,000 plus items, about 600 were taken as evidence for possible prosecution. Perhaps a few printed photos from Maggie's Farm were removed as offensive. A friend had to remove a picture of his 40 something wife in a 2-piece bathing suit from his desk. This, among some 460K people, (330K active duty, of which 120K are under 26). Perhaps we should see the results of a similar inspection in the newsrooms or colleges of the US.
My daughter, an Army soldier was being harassed by a much larger black man who actually had the balls to tell her she was required to have sex with him. He had been pressuring her for weeks to have sex with him, and she had rebuffed every effort with a forceful no. When she said no, this last time, he laughed at her and told her he could do what he wanted to her and she had to comply with his orders.
So she hauled off and slugged him. In front of his buddies. And hers.
She's only 5 ft tall and 115 soaking wet. He left, humiliated and hasn't bothered her since.
What demonstrates this is all a political-correctness joke is that both the government and the media have totally ignored the elephant in the room: the fact that the DoD study revealed male-on-male sexual assaults now outnumber assaults on females.
I was at a church men's group meeting last night and one of the guys in the group, a Navy vet, shared that his son does not want to go into the Navy because of all the stuff that has gone on in the military in the last couple of years, and that he pretty much reflects the views of his friends. And as the father said, "when I went into the Navy it turned my life around because it taught leadership, morals and responsibility. But I'm not sure I still look at it that way and I'm not sure I want my son joining up either."
So whatever message the new sensitive inclusive military thinks they are sending, it is not being received that way by the young men who are now staying away from enlisting.
Let me see if I understand. Women are capable of serving in combat and they will kick ass on the battlefield but they are so delicate they need help protecting themselves from their fellow soldiers. That seems perfectly logical to me.