Last week after the Pentagon announced new rules easing the ban on women serving in combat, Rick Santorum, having never served in the military, was forced to clarify his sexist position on women in combat – “where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interests of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved.”
When criticized and informed that the Pentagon’s position simply formalizes what has already been happening for some time, Santorum, having never served in the military, attempted to backpedal. As successfully as his condescension toward “blacks” was just a mistake for what he meant, nonsensically, as “blahs.”
“Men in our culture are focused on if a woman is in trouble, obviously, to react to try to help to protect and care for that person. That is something that is built in culturally,” was Santorum’s response, having never served in the military.
Then Fox News trotted out yet another right wing nutcase – Liz Trotta, (Ann Coulter’s great-grandmother?): “The sexual abuse report says that there’s been, since 2006, a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults,” laughed Liz Trotta. “Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact…”
Here’s what we all expect. That regardless of where, be it in a war zone or in the privacy of one’s home, men are able to respect women enough to refrain from violently assaulting them sexually.
Maybe Liz Trotta (having never served in the military) thinks it’s okay to smack people around and thrust herself uncontrollably like a dog on heat whenever she’s sexually attracted to whoever the poor, wretched creature might be, but most of us can control our urges. And our obvious projecting.
“The budget for the Defense Department’s Sexual Assualt Preventions and Response Office leapt from $5 million in fiscal 2005 to more than $23 million in fiscal 201. Total Defense spending on sexual assault prevention and related now exceeds $113 million annually” Liz Trotta complained bitterly.
When challenged by Fox News’ Eric Shaw, that perhaps the people fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq deserve being protected Liz Trotta squawked, “That’s funny, I thought the mission of the army and the navy and four services was to defend and protect us, not the people who are fighting the war.”
Yep, violent rape. A real knee-slapper.
Unfortunately, this self-loathing, misogyny-spewing idiot -- for whom the billions being spent on the war are fine, but not the drop-in-the-bucket being spent to protect women being violently sexually abused -- is among the us being protected.
Many women in the military tonight are watching our backs, and unfortunately having to watch their own, so that Liz Trotta can spew her vomit.
As far as Liz Trotta is concerned, rape away guys. Rick Santorum will take care of the results. Until they’re born, of course. Then the women and children are on their own.
Liz Trotta, for whom the Holocaust was probably a giggle too, is nothing short of an ugly, disgusting embarrassment.
Even for Fox.