Fox News contributor Liz Trotta appeared on America’s News HQ on Sunday (2/12/12) and suggested that if women want to serve in the military they should expect to be raped and not make a big deal out of it. Even Host Eric Shawn seemed to be offended by her.
Here’s a transcript via Media Matters (which also supplied the video). The parts in bold are my emphasis.
Shawn: So this is now causing a controversy?
Trotta: Well, it’s a controversy that won’t be a controversy because of political correctness. But we have women once more, the feminist, going, wanting to be warriors and victims at the same time. So what is the news? The news is that the Pentagon is going to add 14,000 more jobs for women in the military, but the overall ban against serving in the infantry, in special operations units, and combat tank units, is still in place. Well, you may ask, why did 140 women die in Afghanistan and Iraq if this ban was in place? Well, the whole way we wage war has changed enormously. No front lines, no clear delineation of where troops are. Women can be attached to battalions, but they can’t actually be in battalions. That would get down to the real guts of how we fight wars—and that is being a member of the infantry.
But while all of this is going on, just a few weeks ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta commented on a new Pentagon report on sexual abuse in the military. I think they have actually discovered there is a difference between men and women. And the sexual abuse report says that there has been, since 2006, a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults. Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact, the whole airing of this issue has never been done by Congress, it’s strictly been a question of pressure from the feminist.
And the feminists have also directed them, really, to spend a lot of money. They have sexual counselors all over the place, victims’ advocates, sexual response coordinators. Let me just read something to you from McClatchy Newspapers about how much this position on extreme feminism is costing us. “The budget for the Defense Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office leapt from $5 million in fiscal 2005 to more than $23 million in fiscal 2010. Total Defense Department spending on sexual assault prevention and related efforts now exceeds $113 million annually.” That’s from McClatchy Newspapers.
So, you have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much.
Shawn: Well, many would say that they need to be protected, and there are these sexual programs, abuse programs, are necessary—
Trotta: That’s funny, I thought the mission of the Army, and the Navy, and four services was to defend and protect us, not the people who were fighting the war.
Shawn: Well, you certainly want the people fighting the war to be protected from anything that could be illegal.
Trotta: Oh, look, I mean, that’s—nice try Eric. This whole question of women in the military has not been aired properly, and it’s the great sleeping giant.
It's horrifying enough to see Trotta blaming women for being rape victims. But she chose to blame the victims for being raped while serving their country. What a classy, classy “patriot.”
11/28/19 Update: The video is no longer available but Media Matters' transcript is here.
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Who knows — she might “jokingly” suggest that Obama be assassinated . . . oops, too late . . .
“Now, what did they expect?” I dunno, Liz — how ’bout they expected male servicemen to act like PROFESSIONALS who obey orders and the UCMJ?
Honestly, Liz IGotTheTrots reminds me of those slightly boozy women who have no filter and will say ANYTHING . . .
If I was a man I would be highly offended at Trotta’s characterization of my sex – that rape is what males do naturally in situations where men and women work in close, stressful proximity, because men just can’t control themselves.
According to the Republican Bible, men are the natural rulers of the world. How do the Neanderthals of American politics square this belief with the idea that men have so little self control that of course they lose all reason and turn into rapacious thugs at the first sign of a female curve?
Liz Trotta must hate men if she thinks so poorly of them.