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  1. Sep 20, 2011 #1

    lisab

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    Now it's "Go Ahead, Ask Me - I Can Tell You!"

    As of today, gays and lesbians can serve openly in the US military. It's long in coming, but I understand that changing a culture takes time.

    I just wanted to say, I'm very proud of the military for making this move. Hooah!
     
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    Why is this very important to you Lisab? Equal rights for everyone or is it something else that seems unique in this situation?
     
  4. Sep 20, 2011 #3
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    I don't think the military ever banned gays or lesbians, that was Congress that did that. In the 1990s, Clinton pushed to have the ban removed, but it didn't really pan out and instead became the "Dont Ask, Don't Tell" mantra. Then with President Obama, he pushed to have it ended.
     
  5. Sep 21, 2011 #4

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    I am a Vietnam Veteran. In my opinion, what matters is a person's competence: does he or she have the skills to do the job? What they do after "work" is not important to the mission.
     
  6. Sep 21, 2011 #5

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    I have worked with some very competent gay people. I have also worked with some very competent and smart black people, though people younger than me or brought up in different environments might have been surprised about that statement, too. Some prejudices die very hard, slow deaths.
     
  7. Sep 21, 2011 #6
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    I fully agree with Lisa, every step to phase out discrimination of whatever kind, is another step away from primitive barbarian herd instincts.

    But then again, I have seen things :eek:

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  8. Sep 21, 2011 #7

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    People should be judged on their abilities and character. The gender of one's stablemate is totally irrelevant.
     
  9. Sep 21, 2011 #8
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    Who you have sex with is not as important as how well you can kill people.
    To me this is the only criteria, as it pertains to being a soldier. IMO

    I never understood to whole problem with gender choice in the first place. To me, it's all normal and natural.
    ( I am a child of the 50's .. grew up in the free sex age of the 60's , 70's )

    It's been interesting to watch the evolution, in my life time, of the attitudes of society in respect to sexual practices that are thousands of years old.
     
  10. Sep 21, 2011 #9
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    That sounds correct to me Lisab.
    I would not walk on the scene and announce I am a hetrozexual. Who cares if I can do the task I am there to do.

    I do I have to have a "right" to walk into an environment and announce. Here I am and I am a hetrozexual. Respect me. But why??? Why?


    Why is it so important to be identified by what is important to me in the bedroom? forest, barn, beach, garden.....

    Why is it so important to the young peoples today to turn everything inside out. What use to be modest is being pushed out to be made a "right" of.

    I'm now going back to being an orthodox Jew. I still wear Jewish clothes. But most young orthodox people at least the women wear clothes including the wigs that blend into very modern society. To be honest you would not know a very religious woman from a hottie who has a conservitive style of dress.

    They do not walk around saying I have a "right" to be orthodox.
    Why does the gay community feel a need to share thier personal zexual feeling as if it defines thier community. Seems to me like being nudest who has a right to be bare, but they are not fighting to be bare in the service.

    I would really like to know why. I am not trying to start up. Yes I have gay friends. But I do NOT talk zex with them and why would I. I don't talk zex with any man.
    And finally why do I write "zex?" Because I still have a right to be somewhat modest about what I want to talk about when I wish to do so. :blushing:
    Thanks.
     
  11. Sep 21, 2011 #10

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    Thank god for this.
     
  12. Sep 21, 2011 #11
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    People announce that they are heterosexual ALL THE FREAKING TIME. Every time you've ever heard a male mention his wife or girlfriend, every time you hear a woman mention her boyfriend or husband, they're announcing they're heterosexual. Every time you see a picture of a couple on a desk, or a spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend picks them up from work...

    You get the point. Until now, homosexuals in the military had to use the incorrect pronoun when describing their partners. It is NOT being immodest for a man to say "he" when referring to his partner any more than it is immodest for a straight male to use "she" in the same situation.
     
  13. Sep 21, 2011 #12

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    In my experience, gays don't share their sexuality any more than heteros...in fact I'd say they keep their private lives more hidden, because they can never be sure of what reaction they will get. But some heteros share their sexual preferences *a lot*...like Jack mentioned, just think about how often women you know bring up "my husband" in casual conversation.

    I'm just glad that gays and lesbians will no longer lose their jobs if their sexuality becomes known.
     
  14. Sep 21, 2011 #13

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    Ignoring all other issues, I had always understood a significant component of the ban on military service was logistical -- bunking a homosexual man with other men being quite analogous to (and arguably more severe than) bunking a heterosexual man with women. Has this suddenly become unimportant?
     
  15. Sep 21, 2011 #14

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    I don't think that was part of the issue at all. When it was still "Don't ask, don't tell", then didn't it also happen that homosexual men bunked with men?? It was only not known.
     
  16. Sep 21, 2011 #15

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    I suppose it's because most humans are not like rutting chimpanzees.

    Homosexuals have been serving alongside heterosexuals for...well, for as long as heterosexuals have been serving. I guess this admittedly sensitive issue has repeatedly been dealt with, on a case-by-case basis.

    Why would mixing homosexual men with heterosexual men be "more severe" than mixing men and women?
     
  17. Sep 21, 2011 #16

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    No matter how many times B.Elliot leaves his laptop open and his douche-bag sailor roomies post that he is gay, one, more..., time....!

    I swear to god, that if facebook existed back in the 70's/80's, we'd have been doing the same thing.

    No one with half a brain cell gave an F back then. No one with half a brain cell should give one now.

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    my apologies to those people with only half a brain cell....
     
  18. Sep 21, 2011 #17

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    Big reason we didn't bunk men and women together was to prevent the "normal heterosexual males" from raping the females.

    I doubt that the "normal heterosexual males" will be attracted to and rape the gay male. I doubt the gay male will be attacking and raping his hetero bunkmates.

    It's highly likely you had gay classmates in your gym class, in the public bathroom, standing next to you at the urinals, at the gym, your doctor. Would you rather know?
     
  19. Sep 21, 2011 #18

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    For three years, I went to an all-women martial arts school in Seattle. I was in the minority, as a hetero woman. There was just one dressing room, we all dressed together...it was as normal as the dressing room at the YMCA down the road.

    Routine tasks such as using the toilet or changing into workout clothes...these are not sexual activities, for gays or for straights.
     
  20. Sep 21, 2011 #19
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    OK, Thank you Lisab and Jack. Now I think like you. I have the words to understand the logic. Perhaps not my logic but the logic that we are discussing.

    And one thing Lisab, In NYC, this population is very zex oriented and open. Do I compare the community I find this in as like a hetro zexual "red Light district?" But this is an area where this population is free to express themselves almost without restriction. As this last years gay parade a man and woman were dressed in only a couple pieces of duct tape. The woman who was very heavy wore tape only covering the nipples and to the bottom like a menstrual pad.

    For example, I live only steps off the street to the gay parade for every year. Much of that parade still presents itself as men and women wearing little and dancing atop floats grinding and thrusting the business at people standing watching the parade. That would be the gay parade.

    The Mexican parade goes down the street at the other corner. The Iranian, Indian, Phillipino parade the same street as the Mexican parade. Madison Ave. And many more go down both streets. We go to most of them if we are home. Why not they are in our front yard.
    In NONE of the other cultural parades that I mentioned do you see that zex orientation. This is why I feel so strongly that a culture as it presents on the streets on NYC shares what is most important to the community and the traditions they have cherished.

    The Penis is very important in our tradition! Oh Goodness yes. But I am yet to see an Israeli or Jewish parade where the mohel (mohel is a Jewish man who performs the ritual circumcision) works the crowd at a parade waving around a little plastic penis. :bugeye: lol
    Now what am I not seeing according to the new and improved way of thinking? Thanks
     
  21. Sep 21, 2011 #20
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    Evo, I just got home last night from spending some time in tramua ICU for a little heart something. I saw and heard a lot there while I was attached to all manner of lights and buzzers.
    Evo, the second night I was in there they rushed in a man, a gay man who had indeed been rapped and sodomized with an object. He was in very bad shape. I listened best I could to what a gay doctor was saying to the other doctors about how a gay man gets rapped by gay and straight men and this situation seemed to involve both. I think at different places. Sad. They didn't keep him in the next room for long before he ws rushed off to OR. He was shredded.

    I for one would not think an openly gay man would be safe bunking in the service. Women are getting hurt in the service now. You think a gay man will be safer because he made his gayness public in the service?
     
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