Saturday, January 13, 2007

Military doesn't like heterosexuality, either

A woman in the Air Force posed for Playboy, and is now in trouble for it (HT: Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy). I guess the military doesn't like heterosexuality, either:
Manhart, 30, who is married with two children, has been relieved of her duties pending an investigation, according to Lackland AFB spokesman Oscar Balladares.

"This staff sergeant's alleged action does not meet the high standards we expect of our airmen, nor does it comply with the Air Force's core values of integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do. It is not representative of the many thousands of outstanding airmen who serve in the U.S. Air Force today," Balladares said, reading a statement.

What she did was "not representative". I like that. I'm sure no one in the Air Force ever, ever, ever looks at a magazine such as Playboy. I'm sure those "thousands of outstanding airmen" are all either eunochs or prudes who have no functioning sexuality whatsoever. I'm sure the Air Force has banned Playboy and all porn/erotica on all of its facilities. Yeah.

And whose to say that posing for Playboy doesn't comply with the values of "integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do"? Was it a bad pictoral? Did some anatomical imperfection cast the Air Force in a bad light? Was there a Navy woman in the same spread who looked hotter? (I'm not into the whole military-themed erotica thing--perhaps a reader can do some "research" and report back.) Does Playboy's extensive use of airbrushing/Photoshoping violate the Air Force's "integrity" principle? Or maybe it was something other than the pictures themselves: Did she not report the income to the IRS? Did she lie to get the gig?

I'm sure the Air Force is just taking the sex=evil (especially in women) meme and running with it. I wonder if it's all the Christian fundie propaganda that the Air Force has been linked to.


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