The June 10 letter "Mixing the Sexes in the Military Was a Recipe for Misconduct" posed the following question: "What did they expect when they began integrating the opposite sex within the confines of the military?" I am not an expert in military affairs, but I would imagine that the leaders of our armed forces expected men in uniform to serve professionally and behave honorably, not to commit crimes.
The author states that "being in the military is not about proving equality," as though outrage over rape is part of some misguided feminist agenda and as if concern over widespread sexual assault has no place in the U.S. military. Next, he cites the "natural drives that rely upon sexual union to satisfy natural instinct" as a reasonable basis for rape. Not only does he fabricate his own science, but he reduces U.S. soldiers to prehistoric beasts, claiming that they are "vulnerable to temptation" and thus apparently incapable of restraining themselves from committing assault.
He ends by questioning today's moral fabric: "What's wrong with this society?" And, for once, I agree with him. What is wrong with a society where doubt remains about the devotion of women in uniform? Where "natural instinct" is suitable rationale for committing a felony? Where the response to an epidemic of rape is "boys will be boys"? There is a long list of what is wrong with this society, and justifying sexual assault earns a spot at the top.