Citing sexist behavior, report finds a culture of disrespect for women at military academies

  • Article by: LOLITA C. BALDOR , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 10, 2014 - 11:40 AM

WASHINGTON — Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, according to a Pentagon report released Friday, reflecting a culture of disrespect that permeates the schools and their sports teams and fuels reports of sexual harassment and assaults.

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gardengurlJan. 10, 14 5:32 AM

Did the Pentagon seriously expect the results of this study to be different? Please.

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RGMCDONJan. 10, 14 6:38 AM

Let be clear, if the both are drunk and have sex the military calls it sexual assault against the guy, only the woman has to be sober to give consent.

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BCanniffJan. 10, 1411:11 AM

What everyone predicted has happened. Young men away from home for the first time in a super macho military atmosphere are going to end up exhibiting this kind behavior when exposed to young women. The military academies should not be compared to a typical college campus. They should be in separate schools.

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gemie1Jan. 10, 1411:59 AM

This also still happens in many areas of medicine and the different care that women get in comparison to men. A great example is Orthopedic Surgery. Look at the bias and areas of research and the lack of women in the field.

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endothermJan. 10, 1412:00 PM

This is not surprising, but it is also not okay. It is long past time for these academies to get serious about teaching their students that military service means acting like serious professionals, and this means respecting women. ALL of these young men will either serve with women or have female commanders. If they can't handle this in a mature way, then they are incapable to meeting the basic requirements of the jobs they are training for. The same goes for the teachers and administrators at the military academies. If they are either encouraging this sexism or looking the other way, they are failing at their jobs and should be replaced.

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nofraudderJan. 10, 1412:06 PM

If squelch the warrior genetic training of million of years then who is gonna do the raping and the pillaging in our next war?

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actualreaderJan. 10, 14 9:42 PM

"Young men away from home for the first time in a super macho military atmosphere are going to end up exhibiting this kind" -- and I think you meant to add "of" -- "behavior when exposed to young women" does not explain the situation of a co-worker. He arrived in basic training and was standing at attention in front of his first drill sergeant, who demanded he tell him his girlfriend's name. He was then ordered to call her -- with her name -- a word this newspaper will probably never publish. Whatever that exercise was meant to accomplish, it wasn't any kind of respect for women.

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tooty123Jan. 11, 14 8:05 PM

"Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, director of the Pentagon's sexual assault prevention program, said the Pentagon is telling academy leaders that they have to find ways to address the problems of retaliation and get more victims to come forward." "If you have been a victim, please consider reaching out," Snow said at a news conference Friday. "I assure you, you will be treated with the privacy you desire, the sensitivity you deserve, and the seriousness that this crime demands." Yes, Sir, General! Just like it was treated with privacy, sensitivity and seriousness in the past. Demotion or moved to a less desirable location for the woman who comes forward.

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simple818Jan. 12, 1412:32 AM

Young Women take their careers as seriosly as their male counterparts. For those of you that say the male species need space to sprout their wings, so to speak, I ask what their natural god given abilility actually is besides strength, because women multi-task better than men and can more quickly take orders as well because of that trait.

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