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Study: Women & minorities hit harder by DADT

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New data shows that military women were targeted disproportionately for firing under “don’t ask don’t tell” last year.

The Palm Center think tank released the numbers on Monday. Director Aaron Belkin says the data proves that “don’t ask, don’t tell” undermines national security. Beyond that, he says there are two possible reasons why women received forty-eight percent of all discharges even though they’re only 14% of the force.

Belkin: “There’s a high percentage of lesbians among women in the military than there are of gay men among male service members. So that would be kind of just a statistical possiblitiy. The other factor is a more cultural dynamic, that the military is a very misogynistic, sexist organization.”

Belkin says that “one of the ways that misogyny plays out is through anti-gay policy” because he says all women in the military–whether or not they’re gay–are vulnerable to accusations “if they refuse the sexual advances of men.” The data shows that minorities and servicemembers with ‘mission-critical’ special skills, like medics and linguists, also made up significant numbers of those discharged. Belkin says the numbers reinforce the argument that it’s “do or die time” for legislation repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’.

–Rachel Kass

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Written by OutQ News staff

August 18, 2010 at 4:31 PM

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