I rant against rabid feminism that seeks to subjugate men, or hold women to a lesser standard, because the logical inconsistency annoys the hell out of me. I believe in treating people as equals until they prove otherwise, and today I realized that I was not acting on that belief out of fear.
Some background is in order, right now I am taking a class that has separated me from my family for a few months. The Army still considers this "dwell time" but it is anything but. The course is designed for Captains and above, but the National Guard has the opportunity to send 2nd Lieutenant or higher as they see fit for their state. In this class we have a few Guard Soldiers, and one of them happens to be a female 2LT.
She is struggling with the classwork because there is nothing in her background to give her any familiarity with the coursework, and she is very new to the Army. I don't offer to help her because I am afraid to give her the power over me to lodge a sexual harassment complaint. I would have no problem giving aid to a male 2LT in the same boat, because I wouldn't have that fear.
Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't do anything, but as an Officer even the hint of impropriety is punishable. I have been an investigating officer for such allegations of misconduct where the one accused was as innocent by all available evidence that I could gather. The woman he was accused of sleeping with denied it, her friend who was named by name to witness this denied it, he denied it, the women who lived in the BHut denied him ever visiting, and in the end there was nothing more than the original accusation of a female soldier with no evidence to back it up. Careers, livelihoods, and even freedom were put into jeopardy because of an unsubstantiated accusation which required a mandatory investigation. And even when someone is cleared of unsubstantiated charges it stays on their record. Get enough "unsubstantiated" investigations on your record and the promotion board starts to think that you are good at getting away with it, not that you are innocent.
So I am fearful that I would at any point be subject to such a witch hunt. And because of that a fellow Soldier is not going to receive help from me. No wonder feminists constantly claim that male peers don't give them the support they give each other, if I am in any way indicative of the larger male population as a whole there are a lot of female Officers out there floundering in isolation because we are afraid to offer assistance. And who really loses out in the end? One of the Soldiers that she will be trying to protect from death or dismemberment. Congratulations feminists, this is the world you made.