|Posted by Jermaine Sain on June 7, 2012 at 8:30 AM|
I'm not sure if you heard about it or seen this picture of two soldiers, breast feeding their baby in uniform....If not, that's exactly what it is. When I see the photo, it doesn't have anything offensive about it, however, as an Army Veteran, I am offended! And I'll tell you why. If you have followed me along my journey, you are aware of my sexual orientation which was also the same when I was serving in the Army. During my time in the military, I was an exceptional soldier...I'm not just saying that! I always felt that because I am gay, I had to be better than straight soldiers. There wasn't a pressure from others but I felt that I needed to show that a gay soldier was just as capable as a straight soldier. I'm not sure of what was he outcome of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy" but when I was serving, it was in affect and I was fully aware of the consequences........Now, let's go back to this picture of these female soldiers....
The problem I have with the photo is this
1. I feel that the photo degrades the uniform. Breast feeding or motherhood is not a military occupation!
2. It makes a clear distinction between a male soldier and a female (mother) soldier.- A soldier is a soldier, regardless of them being a mother. I believe that once you start making large distinction between male and female soldiers it changes the mentality of the American public. What I mean is this...As Americans, we don't like or want to see women and/or children die. Well, now in the public eye, these females are no longer soldiers but mothers. Who wants to think about a Mother being killed or a motherless child? In addition, it takes me back to the original thoughts of many that feel women should not serve in the military. I think women should have the same rights as men. However, the photo doesn't suggest it but it makes a clear distinction between a male soldier and a female soldier; more so a soldier that's a mother!
(My fingers don't allow me to break it down as clearly as my mouth would but I'm typing so, that's what you get!)
That's enough of that! I just wanted to share a little about my thoughts about the photo because a friend asked me about it recently.
I strongly encourage you to share your thoughts about the photo with me...especially if you've served or currently serving in the Armed Forces.