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October 12, 2005

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Sex in Uniform; Scratchy but Not Impossible

Naturally, our brave military men and women are, well, men and women.

This article is an interesting read. Not only for the universal truths about human beings. But also because it is about our young people, at the peak of their physical condition, furtively coupling in the hot sand like angry jackhammers meeting soft, yielding pavement.
OK, no, not really:

By their sheer numbers, most male soldiers are not regularly having sex, despite some male braggadocio to the contrary. But testosterone-induced swagger being what it is, word of others' exploits tends to get around.
Male soldiers figure anywhere from a quarter to three-quarters of their female comrades are accepting of sex while on deployment.
Perhaps surprisingly, many female soldiers say those guesses are probably low.
"If you include all the girls who are having sex with girls, it's much closer to every one of us," said one female enlisted soldier from the 146th.

It would be better for ladies to remain ladies, regardless of their particular proclivities. The last things our troops need are pregnancies and diseases, when they have so much else to worry about. But troops are members of the same society in which we all were raised.
But such exploits have consequences for female soldiers who do not make themselves available for conquest.
Zike, one of the senior soldiers in a barracks at Camp Ramadi comprising women from other units, says she walks to and from the mess hall with her hat pulled low over her eyes.
"You make eye contact with them and they'll be all over you," says Zike, a resident of Indianapolis. "I try to look as unapproachable as possible."

Well, that's not much different than working at an insurance company, to tell you the truth.
Zike, who is married, feels fortunate to have fallen in with the 222nd.
"It's unlike any other battalion I've ever been in," she says. "It's like I inherited 500 big brothers - I've never seen that many happily married men in my life."
Married women, on the other hand, are considered "up for grabs" until they demonstrate otherwise, at which point, many female soldiers bitterly say, they are considered to be "bitches."

Yeah, well, these are young, horny men. I hope the journalist doesn't think this attitude is unique to the frontlines.

All in all, a good read, rich with quotes from our people in Iraq. A slice of life, as they say.
Thanks to our Utah correspondent, skinbad, whose daughter weaves snakes in her hair like a tot Medusa.

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