Here (Dayton Daily News) and here (AF Times) are stories about the Air Force’s recently announced crack down on pinups/smut and what the Air Force Chief of Staff called materials that are connected to the sexual harassment and sexual assault problem.  From Air Force Times:

“In my view, all this stuff is connected. If we’re going to get serious about things like sexual assault, we have to get serious about an environment that could lead to sexual harassment. In some ways this stuff can all be linked,” Welsh said Dec. 4. “I’m not saying every case is linked, but it could be linked, and why would we want to tolerate there even being a chance of that?”

Here is more from the CSAF page about the health and welfare inspections for inappropriate materials.

7 Responses to “Air Force Smut Hunt”

  1. That Guy says:

    As a grad of UD Law School, I am always glad to see the Dayton Daily News and WPAFB making the CAAFlog.

  2. Mike "No Man" Navarre says:

    As a fellow UDSL’er, I always try to feature Dayton under headlines such as Air Force Smut Hunt.

  3. Bill C says:

    Obviously if troops no longer have access to Playboy, they will not go out and get drunk and have sex with equally drunken women.  This is a great idea.

  4. John Harwood says:

    So I guess they’ll stop selling Playboy, FHM, Sports Illustrated, Cosmo, etc. at the BX or the Class 6.  Has there been any credible study finding a link between bikini posters and sex assaults?  But I’m sure it makes the brass feel good, and when they get called up to the Hill they can say they drained the swamp of the enlisted barracks.  Nice work.

  5. Phil Cave says:

    John, this is similar to the discredited argument that marijuana is a gateway drug.  Yes some people who use marijuana graduate to harder drugs, but one does not follow from the other. If the gateway argument were really true there should be an awful lot of Vietnam veterans strung out on heroin well before now.  If the smut was a gateway to, well . . .

  6. JD says:

    It’s nice to see a sexual assault defense lawyer like Bill C. redirect the issue of sexual assault in the Air Force to drunk people having sex with other drunk people. It is sad we can’t have a serious discussion about sexual assault without minimizing it.

  7. k fischer says:

    JD, 

    Bill C. is probably one of the most respected civilian defense counsel in the military by both TC’s who have gone against him and TDS counsel who have worked with him.  I have no doubt that he could lead a serious discussion  about sexual assault and suggest realistic, pragmatic steps to combat it.

    I would tend to agree with Welch that if the military wants to get serious about sexual assault, why not start with removing things that would lead to an environment conducive to sexual harassment?  If you want to cut down on alcohol consumption, you could ban alcohol on post.  Would that prevent all  Servicemembers from drinking?  No.  But, it would prevent a few of them from drinking, especially, those who are restricted to post for Article 15 punishment. 

    With regards to porn and sexual misconduct, as a TC, I prosecuted a Senior Drill Sergeant who was accused of wanking with trainees.  One of the issues in the case was that porn, both video and magazines, was rampant in the Senior Drill’s office, and he used that media to compete with  the trainees individually in “shooting” contests.  Would this Senior Drill still have found a way to satisfy his fetish?  Perhaps, but the 18 year old trainees straight out of high school might have found it a bit more queer and declined participation if the video “Outdoor Woodies” was not playing in front of them.