Government Report Tells Military to be Less Masculine to Stop Sexual Harassment


Promoting empathy and cracking down on hypermasculinity may help the Department of Defense to reduce unwanted sexual behavior and improve combat readiness, a new government report on sexual violence in the military says.

Unwanted sexual behaviors  ‒ such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence ‒ “undermine core values, unit cohesion, combat readiness, and public goodwill,” says the report, published this month by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and signed by Brenda Farrell, director of defense capabilities and management.

The report pointed out that “interconnected, inappropriate behaviors” are part of a “continuum of harm” that creates a climate conducive to sexual harassment, assault and violence. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2017 expanded the definition of sexual harassment in the military beyond sex discrimination, to make it “an adverse behavior on the spectrum of behavior that can contribute to an increase in the incidence of sexual assault.” Both the Pentagon and the separate service branches have yet to update their policies to reflect this new definition, the GAO found.

The report also urged the Pentagon to incorporate the guidelines for preventing and dealing with sexual violence developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Pentagon is ignoring risk factors identified by the CDC such as “alcohol and drug use, hypermasculinity, emotionally unsupportive family environments, general tolerance of sexual violence within the community, and societal norms that support male superiority and sexual entitlement,” the report says.

Also ignored by the DoD are protective factors such as “emotional health and connectedness, and empathy and concern for how one’s actions affect others.”

“CDC’s research has also established that survivors of one form of violence are more likely to be victims of other forms of violence, that survivors of violence are at higher risk for behaving violently, and that people who behave violently are more likely to commit other forms of violence,” the GAO report notes, apparently seeking to make a distinction between violence in authorized military conflict and personal violence.

Noting that the DoD instructed the services in 2014 to develop mechanisms for reporting incidents of sexual harassment anonymously, the GAO said that such mechanisms are not yet part of the department-wide sexual violence policies.

3 comments on “Government Report Tells Military to be Less Masculine to Stop Sexual Harassment
  1. Embarrassing to this old sarge. Just neuter all male recruits, what a bunch of leftist pansy ass pussies of the Pentagon.

    Generals need to grow a fucking pair.

  2. What undwemines core is forcing women into a mans world and not expectingA MAN TO NOT ACT LIKE AMAN. LIBERALS ARE SICK AND THEY NEED TREATMENT FOR MENTAL DERANGMENT!

  3. The Joint Chiefs of Staff should immediately put an end to this type of deleterious nonsense before it puts an end to our military! The military culture and its mission, IS NOT enhanced by the application of social engineering advanced by political movements led by individuals of questionable intent. The Joint Chiefs of Staff should be enraged! The fact that they haven’t stopped this asininity speaks highly of their political correctness. Where does this all end? It ends when our soon to be Snowflaked armed services come face to face with a hard-bodied, old school, kick butt, professionally trained military, composed of physically and mentally tough MEN trained to kill the enemy by fighting in a cohesive combat unit. The rigors of ground combat are more challenging than that of playing professional football. Is it reasonable to think that a woman could play professional football and become a Heisman trophy winner? If not, then why ground combat? Aren’t there significant physical differences between a male and a female? And aren’t those differences profound in the physical brute strength required of a ground combat soldier? One might consider how putting women in these roles would increase the military effectiveness of the combat unit and whether or not it might very well degrade the level of safety and effectiveness of the mission.

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