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Maybe We Should Only Repeal DADT For Lesbian Soldiers

All of the dinosaurs in favor of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell usually groan on and on about how penis-hungry homos will make all our straight soldiers too nervous to shoot or shower correctly. That’s a load of horsecrap, of course. Most US allies allow gays in their military (without any big problems). But while the fatcats on Capitol Hill continue to mass debate, blogger Eugene Volokh from The Volokh Conspiracy wonders why the gay-ban exists for lesbian soldiers at all, seeing as lesbians are far more desirable (militarily speaking) than straight female troops.

In short, Volokh says that lesbian soldiers won’t likely undermine unit cohesion because they rarely serve in all-women brigades. He also says that it seems counter-intuitive to let go of lesbian soldiers seeing as they’re less likely to get pregnant, seem less likely to get sexually transmitted diseases, and that butch lesbians might have more desirable “masculine traits” than girly straight women. His STD claim is speculative at best and his assumptions about butch dykes definitely dabbles in offensive stereotypes; and while he might be correct about the pregnancy issue (how many lesbians do you know that get accidentally pregnant), as we’ve said before, immutable characteristics (like the ability to become pregnant) should not considered among criteria to serve. But then there’s another issue — that women are discharged under DADT at much higher, and extremely disproportionate rates than men.

It seems almost discriminatory (hah, get it?) that the entire conversation about DADT has revolved around fear of gay men rather than the reality that lesbians are more often the target of the homophobic policy—just another example of how society, and commentators, overlook lesbian women in gay politics.

But their exclusion points to the real culprit of the ban: man-on-man sex. As political talk show host Bill Maher once said, “Let’s face it. When people talk about homosexuality being unnatural, and abomination, they’re not talking about the women. No, no, they’re talking about the men. Nobody seems to find anything so abominable about Britney Spears tonguing Madonna. Or Gina Gershon in bed with Jennifer Tilly. Or anything else on the third shelf of my ‘library.’ No, in America, when a man puts something in another man, it had better be a bullet.”

But gay buttsex, as always, is just the bogeyman hiding the real issues at stake: our national security, equality, and the lives of those serving. Now that the top military brass and even some Republicans have joined the majority of Americans calling for a repeal of the antiquated homophobic policy, the dinosaurs’ cry has shown itself for what it really is: a desire to continue the humiliation of LGBT Americans of all stripes. They equate equality with anarchy and engagement with weakness. And we thought these guys liked battles.

By:           Daniel Villarreal
On:           Feb 12, 2010
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  • 11 Comments
    • Brian NYC
      Brian NYC

      If by lesbian you mean those girls that used to kick my ass in softball, well yeah, they should be our army.

      Feb 12, 2010 at 10:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • chris
      chris

      As political talk show host Bill Maher once said, “Let’s face it. When people talk about homosexuality being unnatural, and abomination, they’re not talking about the women. No, no, they’re talking about the men. Nobody seems to find anything so abominable about Britney Spears tonguing Madonna. Or Gina Gershon in bed with Jennifer Tilly. Or anything else on the third shelf of my ‘library.’ No, in America, when a man puts something in another man, it had better be a bullet.”

      Read more: http://www.queerty.com/maybe-we-should-only-repeal-dadt-for-lesbian-soldiers-20100212/#ixzz0fST99WOr

      God I love Bill Maher, always hits the nail on the head.

      Feb 12, 2010 at 10:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries
      dvlaries

      They’re laboring under the delusion that ‘lesbians’ are actually going to resemble the chick-on-chick action you find in straight porn, and not like Gertrude Stein after an obstacle course in 90 degree heat.

      Feb 12, 2010 at 10:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greenluv1322
      greenluv1322

      Ah yes the reason I a LESBIAN keep coming to this site. You jack offs don’t know anything about lesbians. The military is very very very hetero-normative. Lesbians, true lesbians not porn lesbians are the opposite of heterosexual women. Seriously, we don’t cry when dudes yell at us. We don’t care when dudes don’t want to fuck us. Hell we really wish they didn’t even notice us. Point is that unlike gay dudes we don’t give a fuck about men period. So we are in a minority of a minority that don’t give a shit about men period. No we don’t hate men. No we are not in competition with men because seriously we can get any woman we want. And that is what scares the piss out of heterosexual men. And that’s why they don’t want us anywhere because they envy us. Yes, that’s right that hate us because they are not us. It’s that simple.

      Feb 13, 2010 at 10:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • romeo
      romeo

      I have a feeling you should not open Joedee1969’s link.

      Feb 13, 2010 at 11:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ktbisl32
      ktbisl32

      Hi, I’m another lesbian fan of this site. After reading this article I checked out Volokh’s site. Just like this one is beginning to, there’s a ton of stereotypes being thrown around in the discussion on his article as whether lesbians will make “stronger” (read more masculine) soldiers, how much sex lesbians will be having while in the military, whether straight soldiers will have trouble with ogling this girl-girl action (this one is probably the worst), and if lesbians fight more than straight women and thus are problematic to unit cohesion. Basically, these stereotypes are ridiculous. Queerty writers are right about “how society, and commentators, overlook lesbians in gay politics.” And a queer issue like DADT that disproportionally affects lesbians rather than gay men should be a great way to finally bring discussion of lesbians in to discussions of queer issues as a whole. Disappointingly, it hasn’t. Perhaps the new “research” on gays in the military will help once it’s realized that discharge numbers from DADT are affecting women disproportionally more than men (61% of DADT Air Force discharges are women who make up on 30ish% of the overall Air Force corps).

      Feb 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • romeo
      romeo

      @KTBISL32 #7: Thanks for the input. I for one welcome more serious participation in this forum by lesbians. I have a lot of lesbian friends both here in LA and in NY, and I know the ludicrous stereotypes gay women have to put up with. Sometimes there are barriers and misunderstandings between gay men and lesbians. We do work together, but I know we would all be stronger if we could work together even more.

      Feb 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel
      Daniel

      Hello lesbians,

      I’m the writer of this article and am definitely interested in presenting uniquely lesbian issues and outlooks to Queerty’s pages. But I (and many other folks) have a lot learning to do. So if there’s anything you think we should be reading, covering, or taking into consideration, please don’t hesitate to contact me at daniel@queerty.com.

      Thanks!

      Feb 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PopSnap
      PopSnap

      Well, gay guys tend to outnumber lesbians by a ridiculous amount, or so I heard.

      Feb 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brian NYC
      Brian NYC

      @PopSnap: They can still kick our asses. Resistance is futile. Lesbians rule.

      Feb 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TLM
      TLM

      Well done. Thank you, Queerty.

      Feb 15, 2010 at 2:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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