Monday, April 1, 2013

The DIA and Fashion Advice

The media reported that someone in the DIA gave a presentation on how to look and dress for work. Reportedly, this person included in the presentation some tips for women:
‘Makeup makes you more attractive’ they were told, and the advice included a reminder on the importance of painting fingernails. 
‘A sweater with a skirt is better than a sweater with slacks,’ the presenter recommended, adding ‘no flats.’ 
‘Don’t be a plain Jane,’ attenders were told, in addition to ‘brunettes have more leeway with vibrant colors than blondes or redheads.’
In a civilized and sane world, this would be normal and welcome advice. And therefore the advice was not welcome. The same media reported that the DIA was embarrassed by this:
DIA director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn also wrote a letter to his staff to apologize for the style advice, which had sexist overtones. 
He called the incident an ‘unnecessary and serious distraction’ and ‘highly offensive.’ 
‘Even smart people do dumb things sometimes. That said, no one is going to be taken to the wood shed over this. They’ll require some counseling (to be sure) on what it means to think before you act.’
Of course, the U.S. military isn’t offended by all dress tips. Such as when it’s telling its female troops to wear hijabs out of deference to Muslims.

And the military and government isn’t always offended by highly offensive things. Such as when the U.S. embassy in Nairobi hosts a sin pride event, or when the U.S. embassy in Pakistan does the same thing. Or when the U.S. government uses foreign aid to promote sin (even as foreign nations tell them how offensive this is). Or when the CIA actively seeks to hire people boasting of practicing sin.

And, of course, no one is offended when the leftist mayor of New York City tells a female sodomite cohort essentially the same thing that the DIA voluntary fashion advice presentation said . . . even if the mayor later denies he said what he is alleged to have said.

But once again, we don’t live in a civilized or sane world any longer.

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