Report: Military Sexual Assault Survivors Not Protected from Retaliation

A new report says that military service members who report sexual assault face a very high risk of retaliation, including threats, harassment, and loss of promotions and work opportunities. The report says military sexual assault survivors are twelve times more likely to be retaliated against than their attackers are… » 5/18/15 2:30pm Monday 2:30pm

Indonesia Still Using Humiliating 'Virginity Tests' on Female Soldiers

Human rights groups are calling on Indonesia to end the practice of requiring “virginity tests” for female military recruits, in which a doctor visually and manually checks for the presence of a hymen. An Indonesian military official told the Guardian the practice was necessary to weed out “naughty” women, while Human… » 5/15/15 7:00pm 5/15/15 7:00pm

Navy Welcomes Women on Subs, Omits Guy Who Filmed Some in the Shower

The Navy is officially offering enlisted women submarine placements—that's what she said! OK, now that that joke's out of the way … the plan was formally approved in December, the same month a first petty officer was caught filming his fellow female first petty officers in the shower for over one year and selling the… » 1/21/15 5:50pm 1/21/15 5:50pm

Army Sexual Assault Prosecutor Suspended for Alleged Sexual Assault

In the midst of a flurry of court cases and Senate activity over sexual assault in the military, the news that the Army's top sexual assault prosecutor assaulted a woman himself is probably not the kind of thing Army officials are excited about having to address. Well, whoops – here we go anyway. » 3/06/14 6:00pm 3/06/14 6:00pm

The Pull-Up Test for Female Marines Has Been Delayed Again

In November, the Marines announced that they'd pushed back a new requirement for women in the Marines to complete the same physical fitness test as men by January 2014. That standard has been pushed back yet again because more than half of female Marines cannot complete the three pull-ups demanded of men and women. » 1/03/14 10:50am 1/03/14 10:50am

No, President Obama Isn’t Designing ‘Girly’ Marine Hats

If you read the New York Post headline yesterday “Obama wants Marines to wear ‘girly’ hats,” and were a little skeptical that the commander-in-chief of the world’s most powerful military force was sitting at his desk in front of a series of hat sketches for new Marine uniforms saying, “This is too butch. I SAID… » 10/24/13 9:10pm 10/24/13 9:10pm

Bronze Ass-Kicker Molly Marine Is Finally In Her Rightful Place

This hardly makes the rocketing sexual assault statistics and myriad gross scandals surrounding military women and the officers who tape them in the shower any less disheartening, but it's a start? A replica of the famous Molly Marine statue, erected during World War II and modeled physically after a female Marine who… » 7/06/13 12:30pm 7/06/13 12:30pm

The Lady-Draft May Be In Our Future

We're not sure if the title of the Associated Press's report on whether women will be drafted now that they'll be fighting on the front lines — "Listen Up Ladies! Uncle Sam Might Want You Too" — is patronizing or sarcastic or what. (It'd make sense on a blog but seems a bit weird coming from the AP.) It skews towards… » 2/25/13 2:20pm 2/25/13 2:20pm

The Most Batshit Reactions to Women in Combat

The Pentagon officially lifted the ban on women in combat on Wednesday. And the entire world applauded this historic move towards equality. Wait, no. That's not what happened at all. Rather, wingnuts and supposedly "moderate" conservatives came out of the woodwork in droves to slam the decision, which was merely a … » 1/25/13 2:40pm 1/25/13 2:40pm

Nearly a Third of Fired Military Commanders Were Canned Because of…

A recent Associated Press article, called "Sex Is Major Reason Military Commanders Are Fired," which is being picked up all over, says almost a third of fired military commanders are losing their jobs over sex. Losing your job over sex sounds kind of fun. Sounds like members of the armed services are being all that… » 1/22/13 1:20pm 1/22/13 1:20pm

Some Good News: Abortions Insured and More Available To Military Rape…

The military spending bill signed by President Obama at the end of December contained a provision that will change the lives and careers of the estimated several hundred women in the armed forces who become pregnant as the result of rape at the hands of fellow soldiers. (Last year, only 471 were reported.) Since 1988,… » 1/05/13 12:30pm 1/05/13 12:30pm

Can the First Female Combat Veteran Congresswomen Finally Change the…

This election is the first time ever that not one but two female (and Democrat) combat veterans will serve in public office: Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii and Tammy Duckworth from Illinois. Does this mean the military might actually be pressured into prioritizing the women who serve our country? » 11/30/12 2:15pm 11/30/12 2:15pm

New Lawsuit Challenges Limitations of Military Women in Combat

A new federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of several women in the military will challenge the U.S. Defense Department's formal policy that excludes women from most direct ground combat positions. As of now, over 238,000 military jobs are off limits to women, despite the fact that they make up 14% of active… » 11/28/12 12:50pm 11/28/12 12:50pm

Air Force Responds to Sex Crime Scandal by Enforcing a Bizarre 'Wingman…

Last summer, after 48 female military trainees said they had been sexually assaulted or otherwise unprofessionally treated by around two dozen instructors at the Lackland Air Force base, the Air Force reassured everyone they were launching an aggressive investigation that would get to the root of why so many… » 11/15/12 10:50am 11/15/12 10:50am