Fox Pundit Says Women In The Military Should ‘Expect’ To Be Raped

February 14, 2012 § 4 Comments

The Pentagon announced new rules last week easing the ban on women serving in combat. While conservatives like Rick Santorum are a little uneasy with the news, the announcement only formalizes military practices that were already taking place.

But Fox News contributor Liz Trotta’s commentary on the matter took the issue to a whole other level. She’s not really concerned about the “controversy” surrounding the Pentagon’s announcement. For Trotta, the issue is having “women once more, the feminist, going, wanting to be warriors and victims at the same time.” She cited a recent Pentagon report that violent sex crimes in the military have increased over the last 6 years and said women should “expect” it, decrying more levels of bureaucracy to support women who have been “raped too much.”

The full article can be found here: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/02/13/424239/fox-women-miliary-expect-raped/?mobile=nc

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§ 4 Responses to Fox Pundit Says Women In The Military Should ‘Expect’ To Be Raped

  • Absolutely disgusting. The fact anyone can even believe this privately is shocking bit to say it publicly!!! Women who fight for their country should expect to be raped?!? No.

    The last time I had a military recruitment agent soliciting me on the phone, he asked “why don’t you want to serve your country?” I literally responded “I don’t want to be raped.” Now this was during my first ever women’s studies course so I sounded off the latest statistic on rape in the military. He was stunned. We a proceeded to discusshis further and he told me none of his female friends had ever talked about it. I asked i if he really thought they would discuss that with him, especially if it was someone above them in rank who raped, coerced or otherwised abused them and he admittedly said no. The tone had changed. He said he we would think about what I had said and understood my reasons. I can say I have not received anymore calls, and as for that soldier in particular, I hope I opened his mind up to the issue at least.

    • colekulina says:

      Wow, I’m so glad that you told him that! Obviously it was something that he has never thought about and well, I believe that that’s one of the problems with this situation. How many women that are being raped in the military, our own military, are something that people need to be aware of.

  • sbarell says:

    This is crazy. When you think about the military things come to mind about working together and fighting for our country. People don’t think about how women are actually treated when put in this male dominant situation. It is unbelievable how many woman are raped in general and then to think about how many are raped in the military. Not many are aware of this and it is something that definitely needs to change.

    As for the reporter saying woman should “expect” it, that is disgusting. I came across a picture that reminded me of this topic. It is very stereotypical to say people that act or dress a certain way are “asking” for anything. This picture points that out.

    http://slutwalknyc.com/post/10992083819/image-a-teenaged-boy-at-slutwalk-nyc-he-has

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