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  •  Wow. (3+ / 0-)
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    annieli, corvo, TheMomCat

    And you don't see the bigotry in your position.

    Just wow,

    Oh, linkies to bbb being a bigot.

    •  Meh. I been called worse. nt (4+ / 0-)
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    •  Nor do I (0+ / 0-)

      What if I were an active-duty servicewoman of a certain rank, and I felt heart and soul that I was incomplete because I hadn't carried, given birth to, and mothered a child?  But I was an officer on active duty.

      Would I be allowed to go on maternity leave?  (I don't know.)

      Whether or not I'd be allowed, would allowing me to go on leave be a good thing for unit cohesion?

      And is it sexist to seriously consider these questions?

      Besides, when you join the armed services, don't you have to accept a certain loss of autonomy?  

      A 47% return on investment--that's pretty doggoned good!

      by deminva on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 08:00:39 PM PDT

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      •  Sorry (0+ / 0-)

        I over-interpreted the discussion and jumped to the conclusion that BBB was against officers taking time away for surgery and/or hormone therapy.  

        I'm not sure how I feel about an officer simply "shifting" genders while remaining on active duty, although I could see how it could be a shock to unit cohesion.  And I wonder if there's not a lot of daylight between, on the one hand, the morality of allowing each of us to live with dignity as we feel we are truly meant to live, versus on the other the ethics of unit cohesion, which necessarily supersede many claims and needs we may have as individuals.  

        The comparison with desegregation seems apt:  The morality of desegregation was unquestionable, but practical realities meant that the armed forces couldn't rush.  You know: Would certain bigoted servicemen actually refuse to follow orders of an African American officer, and might that refusal lead to mission failure?  Hell, it's been --what -- two-thirds of a century since Truman desegregated the military, and we see the derangement of many on the right in response to having an African American commander in chief.  They want to impeach him because his skin is brown.  

        A 47% return on investment--that's pretty doggoned good!

        by deminva on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 08:20:01 PM PDT

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