Lieutenant General David Morrison: Women in the Australian Army

This is one of the most powerful feminist speeches I’ve heard in a long time. It’s about time all military institutions took such a zero-tolerance stand. I hope he is sincere because he makes some really great points:

  • women make exceptional soldiers and are a vital part of the military – if you don’t agree then it isn’t the place for you, and good luck finding a place in the civilian world where those kinds of attitudes are accepted!
  • being in an authoritative position is not an excuse to humiliate or degrade others and doing so does not make you “tough”
  • because the events reflect poorly on the entire organization, change depends on everyone stepping up

What I’d like to know is how the perpetrators (if found guilty) will be punished, and what he means when he says he will be “ruthless” in rooting out such behavior.

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