Are We Witnessing a War Against The Feminine?

The United States has been at war against ‘terrorism’, for 12 years now. In each of these years the military has seen a growth in MST {military sexual trauma} against mostly female military troops. According to the Pentagon in 2012, an estimated 26,000 sexual assaults were reported military wide, a 35% increase since 2010. That equates to 70 sexual assaults a day. In 2011 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, authorities began an investigation that found 59 cases of sexual assaults against new recruits by drill instructors. Those are only examples of reported cases. Is this a reflection of our culturally accepted norms for male behavior, an example of ‘war rape’ mentality, or is this a sign of the war against the feminine?

Chante Wolf served in the U.S. Air Force from 1980 to 1992. She deployed to the Persian Gulf for Operation Deserts Shield/Storm in 1991. She trained as an Air Traffic Controller and Top Secret Telecommunications.

Since 1992, Chante earned an A.A. Degree in Communications, and a B.S. Degree in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. Chante has spoken in 3 states, on TV, radio, in high schools, colleges, universities, churches and other panel discussions about her story, militarism, war, rape and women in the military. Her story has been the basis for 3 plays, 3 books plus her own, “Objects of Deployment” through the Veterans Book Project, and 3 documentaries.

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