Coming out your mouth with your blah blah blah. Just zip your lips like a padlock and meet me at the back with the jack and the jukebox. I dont really care where you live at just turn around boy and let me hit that. Dont be a little bitch with your chit chat just show me where your dicks at... So just hush baby shut up Heard enough Stop stop stop talking that... If you keep talking that blah blah blah blah blah. Boy come on now "These lyrics are, of course, a perfect summary of the military's "Don't Ask/Don't Tell" policy. Just don't name it, don't speak it, stop with your blah blah blah. The soldiers also end the video by assuring us that "no one is this video is gay... that we know of." Which of course they must, because no one is allowed to be openly gay under the DADT policy. All of which is extremely interesting in terms of timing since both the House and the Senate will vote on the repeal of the DADT policy within the next few weeks, but with midterm elections looming AND a recent letter from Secretary of Defense Gates stating that he would like to wait till a report is complete in December before changing the policy, it is possible that Congress will not have the carrot nor the stick to repeal DADT this year. All of which leads to the real question: what are we to make of a bunch of shirtless male soldiers dancing to bad pop music in a variety of ways that are meant to elicit homoerotic desire? Obviously, this is NOT what the military will look like if DADT is ended and yet we are left with some lingering questions. Would allowing queers of various sorts to serve openly and even flamboyantly in the military actually change what the military is? Would the military be less homophobic, less racist, less misogynist as a result? Personally, I'd love to believe that the military could be saved from its historical role of "making men" - men who primarily kill poor and brown people to show not just that they are men, but straight American men. But if masculinity were removed from the equation, what would possibly motivate men- or women for that matter- to join? In other words, the military can entice a variety of people- men, women, queers and straights- to sign up in order to "prove themselves" as tough, invulnerable, courageous, and willing to sacrifice- all qualities generally assigned to masculinity. The military does not use traditionally feminine qualities like cooperation, communication, or nuturing to recruit. As long as those are the qualities that are mobilized to get people to go through boot camp, end all signs of individuality, and then go off to war, the military will remain a masculinist space, regardless of the sorts of individuals who serve. Female soldiers did not fundamentally change this about the army. In fact, female soldiers often say they want to prove they are "not typical females" (i.e. that they are masculine women). Here's what an American female soldier said of her time in Afghanistan recently:
They view American women as the 'third gender,'" she said. "They hold respect for us. They treat us like men.Respect comes, in masculinist institutions, from behaving in ways that are marked as masculine. Disrespect comes from being a "pussy" or a "fag." The military will remain masculinist and the people who serve in it, regardless of gender expression or sexual identity, will have to man-up if they want to succeed. So sadly, Blah Blah Blah is all that queers in the military will mean, even when they're finally allowed to serve openly.