Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) members are going to the internet to speak out against what some claim are mandatory events that require them to wear high heels to raise awareness for sexual assault. According to the event website, the event is called “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” Participants wear high heeled women’s shoes and run or walk 1.26 miles.
According to the website:
There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and men’s sexualized violence against women.
The State Press provided this video of an event with commentary:
“The purpose of the event is to create a basis of understanding about sexual violence, stigmas and rape culture in the military as well as in our community and to reinforce standards of behavior, active bystander mentality and to be peer advisers to one’s unit and community,” ROTC Cdt./Corporal Alexis Johnson said. “By walking in heels, the hope is to instill standards of behavior that will resonate.”
“The heels represent the rise of sexual assault within our community,” she said. “Though the heels may feel one-sided, only acknowledging that females suffer the horrors of rape and sexual assault that is not the case. The event is a synopses of the problem that both men and women suffer in our community and society through the stigmas, rape culture and lack of respect and education.”
Honestly, this has to be among the most ridiculous things I have heard of. Where are the men who are supposed to be leaders. There is absolutely no way that men in America’s history would have been involved in this. But this is part of the emasculation and feminization of men in our culture.
The Bible teaches specifically for a man not put on women’s clothing.
“A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the LORD your God.” –Deut. 22:5
We have already seen the removal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which allows for sodomites to openly serve in the military and has brought on a tremendous increase in male-on-male rapes. We have also witnessed military men in drag. All of this is a disgrace upon our nation and an abomination before God.
Now, these cadets are being force to participate. As Blake Neff reports:
While some ROTC members have told the press they were happy to take part, others have criticized the event as pointless or even disgraceful. It is also unclear whether the events are purely voluntary or if ROTC members have faced possible retaliation if they do not attend. The complaint of one anonymous cadet popped up on Reddit, saying that cadets who refused to participate faced retribution from higher-ups.
Neff went on to add:
The statement also said that participants would not be in uniform, in response to criticism that putting uniformed soldiers in heels would sharply violate the Army’s dress code. Army regulations are actually quite clear about what kind of footwear should be worn with soldiers’ uniforms: Either standard-issue Army combat boots, commercial boots that approximate combat boots very closely, or special safety footwear if necessary. Red high heels, to say the least, don’t qualify.
At least at ASU, uniform rules appear to have held up, as photos of the event show that most participants are in civilian clothes. While some ROTC members can be seen wearing their uniforms, these participants are also wearing their normal boots rather than high heels.
Possible dress code violations aren’t necessarily the only issue in play. Others have pointed out that forced cross-dressing could be considering sexual assault and could violate the religious beliefs of some cadets.
The odd practice is only just starting to get attention, but actually has been promoted in the Army for over a year now. For example, Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska touted a high heels event held there last year.
Now, Infowars has added that a former US Army service member who told us that his unit – Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade – was also FORCED to participate in the ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ event in 2011.
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