An Officer, Not A Gentleman

Though the battle against sexism is now fully engaged, the war will be a long one

In the popular idiom of the military world, men are men and women are "young ladies." That is, until the men get into trouble for sexually harassing their female colleagues. Then the men are "boys being boys." And the women? Those who deflect sexual advances risk being labeled by some men as lesbians, a threat that can cost a woman her military career. Those who dare to complain are often branded as "too soft." Such is the backdrop against which women in the armed forces must determine whether it is worth registering a complaint when a male colleague steps out of...

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