Don't Ask, Don't Tell, And Try Not To Be A Woman

Although this picture shows 1 female and 4 male former members of our Armed Forces — which is more or less the ratio of women to men in the U.S. military today — it is not the ratio of lesbians to gay men discharged from the military because of sexual orientation. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which defends members of the military accused of homosexuality, released a study that nearly half of the soldiers discharged under the Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell-Just-Don't-Be-Gay-At-All policy last year were women. In the meantime, the military has doubled the number of waivers it granted to recruits convicted of violent felonies (including rape), and relaxed its standards on education, physical fitness and criminal records for recruits. Apparently, it's cool if you're an fat, pot-smoking rapist without a high school education, but don't you dare be a lesbian. Not in this man's Army. [NY Times, SLDN]