Yesterday I created a hypothetical scenario for sake of discussion. The reply startled me and made me think of a few other things.
Please read scenario and see questions to follow:
Tom & John have been in the same company; same bunk; shared same hygiene facilities; same 'fox hole' for years - now after DADT repeal (and all the kinks worked out); they come home from deployment and Tom sees John hug & kiss his partner when they come into the air terminal.
While Tom might be momentarily uncomfortable; upon reflection is he really going to view John as *less* than he did 2 weeks earlier when he had his back in the line of fire?
The reply was:
Honestly, "John" will probably get the crap beat out of him. This is one of my husband's worries. It won't be right, but military code runs deep.
It is my belief that the owner of this reply did not in any way mean to imply that her husband would be the one 'beating the crap' out of anyone else. But it would be 'other soldiers' doing things like this.
*If your spouse is military - would he feel the need to 'beat' up a fellow soldier for being homosexual; regardless of their history together?
*What about your sons or daughters in the military; do you think it would be them beating up others?
*If not 'your' spouse/child (as I suspect will be the answers) then who are these soldiers that will?
*Do you think that it is highly likely to occur often or it is more about 'big talk'?
I admit perhaps I have unrealistic ideas of people. When I think of men & women who voluntarily join the military; I think of people who are a little nobler, a little more honorable than the rest of us. It is disappointing and saddens me to think that adult men & women would really physically attack someone who hours ago was their friend simply because they have different sexual attractions...I'd like to keep my naivety intact and think it's more about show and 'big talk' than will actually occur...
(sorry I know it's long)
Answer by Carpy at 12:53 PM on Jan. 2, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:22 PM on Jan. 2, 2011
Answer by irishcoffee at 10:22 PM on Jan. 2, 2011
Answer by tinamatt at 10:05 AM on Jan. 3, 2011