My entire berthing was turned in for "sexual harassment" by the girls living below us because they felt we were all too "close". In fact, the two girls that turned us in swore up and down that we were all gay. All that happened was we were talked to about not being so "close" in our lounge, but were told that it was okay in berthing as long as no one in our department cared, which no one did. We all considered back rubs and hugging (which is pretty much what we got turned in for), to be sisterly and what girl friends do.
Of course, we still need to know where you're going with this. The main reason guys and girls have separate living spaces is because of our society separating men and women in those personal situations. Heck, there are even still some states that have laws against cohabitation of unmarried men and women. The secondary reason, for the military, is because the majority of military personnel, male or female, will most likely be straight. Which means that it makes sense for them to separate the genders to minimize the chances of sexual harassment. However, it is easy to see who is male and who is female. Sexuality is not so obvious most of the time. And just because DADT is lifted, it doesn't mean that all, or even most gays in the military will come out of the closet or that really it will be anyone's business if they do come out but not to their unit/command.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
The only point I am trying to make is that there indeed are situations that must be thouroughly considered before DADT is repealed. Situations unique to the military environment.
There are a lot of questions that have to be answered. Is it sexual harrasment or discrimination to allow a straight male to move out of a room because his roommate is homosexual? Is it discrimination to deny a request to move under those circumstances? Who is at fault, the requestor, the approver, etc. That's just the begining....
Our service members will follow policy, whatever that policy is. Each and every day our service members live undr standards set much higher than those of the American public. They are held to higher standards than those of the American public, and for the most part do it without fail. Give them a little time to figure it out and set policy, is all I'm saying.
Last edited by mac; 06-22-10 at 07:11 PM.