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SEXUAL TOLERANCE 1Sexual ToleranceCharles A. HomerHuman Sexuality 220Shavonne RuffinJanuary 17, 2016
SEXUAL TOLERANCE 2Sexual tolerance has been an issue in the United States (U.S.) for years. In the past decade, there has been a major push for change in sexual tolerance and equality. According to the Museum of Tolerance (MOT), tolerance is defined as a fair and objective attitude toward those whose opinions and practices differ from one’s own; the commitment to respect human dignity (MOT, 2014). The key word in sexual tolerance is tolerance. If tolerance is defined as previously stated, then sexual tolerance should mean the fair and objective attitude towards one’s sexuality. In this essay this writer will be discussing sexual tolerance within the military. The topics that this writer will be touching on particularly are women serving in combat jobs, the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and same sex marriage in the military. As this writer discuss these topics, he will also highlight the change in the recent months and years. Historically, the battlefield was always considered no place for a woman. On May 14, 1942, the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was created but had no military status. Originally introduced by Congresswoman Edith Rodgers, she was not satisfied with the status of the WAAC so she introduced a revised bill allowing women to enlist in the Army that was then signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Signed on July 1, 1943, the WAAC was discontinued and replaced with the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). The majority of jobs they worked were as telephone switchboard operators, typists, clerks, secretaries, and cryptographers to name a few.