Just when you thought the wingnuts couldn’t be any more ridiculous than they already are, we have the latest faux outrage from the right: Obama is going to make Marines were “girly hats” in an attempt to “emasculate the military.” Never mind that the entire story is false from the start.
The Worldnetdaily breathlessly links to a New York Post article that claims:
Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a “unisex” look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines’ iconic caps with a new hat that some have derided as so “girly” that they would make the French blush.
The Thomas More Law Center quickly sent out a fundraising email with the headline “Obama Continues Efforts to Emasculate our Military; This time with a new “Girly” Hat for Marines.”
Even though an Army veteran, I have always admired the Marine Corps uniform and the history behind it. But now in an effort to further emasculate our military, the Obama administration has directed a unisex hat for the Marine Corps. The Marines I know would “rather fight than switch.” And despite the serious damage to our national security caused by force reductions and incomprehensible proposals like giving “medals for not shooting,” this new Obama directive has forced the Marine Corps to spend their time squabbling about fashion, hats in particular.
In a scene one would expect from the board room of a glossy fashion magazine, Marine Corps officials have been reduced to women in impractical shoes arguing about whether or not a proposed amendment to the Marine Corps uniform is “too French” for the US military.
The fashion debate comes as a result of an Obama directive to create a more unisex uniform for members of the Armed Forces. Currently, men and women wear gender specific uniforms and hats.
And now, a word from reality. First, this has absolutely nothing to do with Obama. The company that makes the women’s hat for Marines is going out of business, so the Marine Corps Uniform Board is debating whether to create a new hat for women or have everyone wear a variation of the old ones that men wear. They might know this if they read Stars and Stripes.
The story is sweeping the Internet: President Barack Obama is trying to emasculate male Marines by making them wear a girly cover with their famed dress uniforms. The only problem? It’s not true.
First, some background: Men and women in the Marine Corps currently wear different types of covers as part of their dress and service uniforms. The manufacturer of the women’s “bucket cover” – which has a distinctly different shape than the men’s cover – is going out of business and will not continue to make the cap, according to the Marine Corps.
The Marine Corps also has been asked by the DoD to find a unisex option for a dress and service cover, Marines said.
So, the Marine Corps Uniform Board, which meets quarterly, decided to gather feedback in advance of its meeting next week. Active and Reserve Marines were asked to vote on whether they believe women should adopt the current male cover, with some small modifications, or for all Marines to adopt what they call the Dan Daly cap.
Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly, a two-time Medal of Honor recipient who yelled, “Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?” as he led Marines into the fight at Belleau Wood during World War I, wore a cap similar to the option proposed by the survey.
And the Marine Corps itself quickly tried to put out this raging fire of stupidity:
“The president in no way, shape or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover,” according to the Marine Corps statement. “We are looking for a new cover for our female Marines for one overriding reason: The former manufacturer went out of business. … The Marine Corps has zero intention of changing the male cover.”
In fact, if they’d read the Marine Times a few days before this freakout, they would know that the Marines are actually voting on which hat they prefer.
To gather feedback from both active duty and Reserve Marines, the Uniform Board distributed a survey across the Corps via sergeant majors that will run through Friday. The board will convene Oct. 29 and take the survey results into consideration, although they are not binding.
In fact, the real question here is whether female Marines will wear hats that look more like the ones men wear. So much for all that bullshit about “girly hats” and “emasculation.” Seriously, there simply is no limit to how ridiculous these people can be. They’ll freak out about anything as long as it serves their narrative and they just don’t care whether it’s true or not.
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