This is a guest post from Tony…
In light of the recent
beat-up scandal surrounding the HMAS Success, and Deputy Prime Minister Gillard’s declaration that “the navy must investigate allegations that sailors were challenging each other to have sex with crewmates, warning such behaviour had the potential to discourage women from joining the defence forces”, it might be worth examining this ‘scandal’ in more detail.
What part of the behaviour of the sent-home crew members does the Navy, and Ms Gillard, find objectionable?
Is it the fact that crew members are engaging in apparently consensual sex while at sea (nowhere has it been alleged that any of these acts were against anybody’s free-will)?
Or is it the fact that the some sailors saw such acts as conquests? Or is it that they were gambling on the outcome?
Or could this all be just confected outrage, fanned by the media and taken up with gusto by our politicians, designed to maintain an unrealistic ideal of the members of our armed forces, instead of conceding that such behaviour is relatively normal in today’s society?
Or maybe our politicians are engaging in a bit of double-edged dog-whistling, hoping to appeal to those groups in society that are meant to be concerned with ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’, while at the same time pushing the buttons of some of the more moralising members of the electorate?