U.S. Military Says Bye-Bye To Pin-Ups, Calendar Girls And Naughty Screen Savers


U.S. military barracks with girlie calendars and pin-ups on the walls will be getting the sterile treatment under another Defense Department inspection aimed at rooting out gender-offensive material in military working environments.

The new round of “close-up, comprehensive” inspections will focus on soldiers, sailors and Marines, much the same as a similar sweep of Air Force facilities last year, according to Military Times.

It’s a cultural sea change from the sanctioned, sexed-up morale boosters soldiers have long enjoyed — but that’s the point.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday the military has to do something about escalating allegations of sexual assault, as more women join the ranks of America’s fighting force.

“We need a cultural change where every service member is treated with dignity and respect,” he said.

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  • Vigilant

    The worst part is that we pay idiots like Hagel and countless other bureaucrats to come up with this insanity. But it’s not new either. When I was stationed in Japan in the mid-60s, we were denied the privilege of posting fold-outs on the walls, but we could put them in our wall locker.

    B-17 and B-29 “nose art” in WWII boosted morale of the troops, as did the pin-ups of Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, et. al. What was good for the “Greatest Generation” is off limits to today’s troops.

    • Vigilant

      The Military Times article says, “The extraordinary searches will be similar to those the Air Force conducted last year and prompted officers to scour troops’ desks and cubicles in search of photos, calendars, magazines, screen-savers, computer files and other items that might be considered degrading toward women.”

      I guess that leaves the door open for the homosexuals to have pictures of Freddy Mercury or Harvey Milk on display, nor would it seem to prevent female servicemembers from posting their “beefsteak” photos, since neither are “degrading toward women.”

    • Curtis

      Vigilant… How many women were flying combat missions in B-17s and B-29s? I loved the ‘nose art’ of World War II, but how can you compare what was socially acceptable 70… SEVENTY years ago to today’s society? You had “pin-ups” on your wall locker almost FIFTY years ago? How is that relevant to today’s society? Re-read the story it said “gender-offensive material”… which means there won’t be any Freddie Mercury pin-ups either.

      Sir, flip your calendar to the 21st century. It’s 2013… and this kind of thing has been banned in workplaces since the early 90s… where have you been?

  • john

    Guarantee it won’t ban Homo pin-ups.The agenda is hostile to all that is Godly and American.Arm up,the battle is coming.