Via Ron Bailey comes this quote from a Virginia delegate:
"It's a distraction when I'm on the battlefield and have to concentrate on the enemy 600 yards away and I'm worried about this guy whose got eyes on me," he said.
Now, I'm certainly no expert on military matters. And I do understand that young men spend a great deal of time ogling people they might like to have sex with. But I'm kind of guessing that even the randiest of young gays and lesbians might not have time to scope prospects when they're on a battlefield and people are shooting at them.
Moreover, even if I'm wrong, I fail to see how implementing Don't Ask, Don't Tell is going to stop the ogling, or even your worry about the ogling. If anything, repealing it should minimize your worry. With DADT in place, you have to worry--if you are so inclined--that every single member of your unit might be a secret gay who spends every waking minute fantasizing about your lush bod and dreamy eyes. Now that it's gone, you can have reasonable security that if someone says they're heterosexual, this is very likely to actually be true.
I mean, I'm all for "What they don't know won't hurt them" but this usually describes things that aren't harmful. We don't say it about, say, poison sweetener in infant formula.
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