Wrote Mike Pence, back in 1999. I'm reading this out loud to Meade....
I suspect that some mischievous liberal at Disney assumes that Mulan’s story will cause a quiet change in the next generation’s attitude about women in combat and they just might be right. (Just think about how often we think of Bambi every time the subject of deer hunting comes into the mainstream media debate.)At which point Meade says: "I'm bored." And I said: "That goes without saying. It's Mike Pence."
But let's continue:
The only problem with this liberal hope is the reality which intrudes on the Disney ideal from the mornings headlines. From the original “Tailhook” scandal involving scores of high ranking navy fighter pilots who molested subordinate women to the latest travesty at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, the hard truth of our experiment with gender integration is that is has been an almost complete disaster for the military and for many of the individual women involved. When Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer was appointed to investigate the Aberdeen mess, he shocked the public with the revelation that young, nubile, 18 year old men and women were actually being HOUSED together during basic training. Whatever bone head came up with this idea should be run out of this man’s Army before sundown. Housing, in close quarters, young men and women (in some cases married to non-military personnel) at the height of their physical and sexual potential is the height of stupidity. It is instructive that even in the Disney film, young Ms. Mulan falls in love with her superior officer! Me thinks the politically correct Disney types completely missed the irony of this part of the story. They likely added it because it added realism with which the viewer could identify with the characters. You see, now stay with me on this, many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually. Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting. Just like they eventually did for young Mulan. Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.Random thoughts: Nobody says "nubile" anymore. "Methinks" is one word (one stupid word). Pence's "moral of the story" would seem to justify keeping women out of any workplace (such as, for example, the White House, where Monica Lewinsky once caused all that trouble by being attractive sexually). I'm here to write this only because my mother, sexually attractive, joined the Army in WWII and found a fellow soldier sexually attractive. And what is wrong with Mike Pence that he didn't lean toward demanding that soldiers learn what sexual harassment is and follow the rules?