Show's not so 'purrfect' for female forces in Iraq

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    Show's not so 'purrfect' for female forces in Iraq
    By Pamela Martineau and Steve Wiegand -- Bee Staff Writers
    Published Saturday, March 12, 2005

    Sharon Kibiloski is in Baghdad, and she's fighting mad.

    The target of the U.S. Air Force captain's ire is the U.S. Army - and what Kibiloski views as the Army's misguided efforts to raise troop morale by sending a scantily clad female troupe called "The Purrfect Angelz" on a two-week tour of military installations in Kuwait and Iraq.

    A lavender flier advertising the troupe's Baghdad show Thursday portrayed a quartet of women wearing faux military uniforms that consisted of headgear, halter tops and hot pants. According to its Web site, the Angelz' act consists of singing, provocative dancing and acrobatics.

    "The show only appeals to men, and in my mind has the potential to increase sexual advances toward female soldiers afterward," Kibiloski said in e-mails and reiterated in a telephone interview. "To me, if the military really cared about sexual harassment, they would not sponsor such a show."

    Kibiloski, who is serving as a public affairs officer in Baghdad's International Zone, stressed she was speaking not in her official role, but as an outraged woman. She said she contacted The Bee because of the newspaper's series this week on females in today's military, called "Women at War."

    Dozens of women interviewed for the stories said they had been sexually harassed by male comrades-in-arms while in the Iraq combat theater, and many said the military hierarchy had dragged its feet in addressing the problem....
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  3. by   BeachNurse
    Quote from spacenurse
    Click and see the poster

    http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/s...13405165c.html

    Show's not so 'purrfect' for female forces in Iraq
    By Pamela Martineau and Steve Wiegand -- Bee Staff Writers
    Published Saturday, March 12, 2005

    Sharon Kibiloski is in Baghdad, and she's fighting mad.

    The target of the U.S. Air Force captain's ire is the U.S. Army - and what Kibiloski views as the Army's misguided efforts to raise troop morale by sending a scantily clad female troupe called "The Purrfect Angelz" on a two-week tour of military installations in Kuwait and Iraq.

    A lavender flier advertising the troupe's Baghdad show Thursday portrayed a quartet of women wearing faux military uniforms that consisted of headgear, halter tops and hot pants. According to its Web site, the Angelz' act consists of singing, provocative dancing and acrobatics.

    "The show only appeals to men, and in my mind has the potential to increase sexual advances toward female soldiers afterward," Kibiloski said in e-mails and reiterated in a telephone interview. "To me, if the military really cared about sexual harassment, they would not sponsor such a show."

    Kibiloski, who is serving as a public affairs officer in Baghdad's International Zone, stressed she was speaking not in her official role, but as an outraged woman. She said she contacted The Bee because of the newspaper's series this week on females in today's military, called "Women at War."

    Dozens of women interviewed for the stories said they had been sexually harassed by male comrades-in-arms while in the Iraq combat theater, and many said the military hierarchy had dragged its feet in addressing the problem....
    :angryfire disgusting
  4. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from BeachNurse
    :angryfire disgusting

    My thoughts exactly.
  5. by   Roy Fokker
    Using women to raise troop morale is as ancient as organised armies and war.
  6. by   Rep
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Using women to raise troop morale is as ancient as organised armies and war.

    In WWII, Japan used to bring prostitutes together with the troops to increase morale.
  7. by   BeachNurse
    Quote from Rep
    In WWII, Japan used to bring prostitutes together with the troops to increase morale.
    But how many women were serving alongside the men in those days??
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Using women to raise troop morale is as ancient as organised armies and war.

    Keyword being "ancient".


    It's still no excuse for the harassment some of the soldiers received. :angryfire
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from Rep
    In WWII, Japan used to bring prostitutes together with the troops to increase morale.

    Ah, yes, nothing like pre-arranged STD transmission . :stone
  10. by   jnette
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Ah, yes, nothing like pre-arranged STD transmission . :stone

    baaaaaaaahahaha !!! But it's really not funny, is it? :uhoh21:

    I don't have a problem with raising troop morale with a pretty face, pretty body, pretty voice. As long as it's not "provocative" and insulting to females.

    So when are they sending the Chippendale guys over to boost the female soldiers' morale?
  11. by   BeachNurse
    Quote from jnette
    baaaaaaaahahaha !!! But it's really not funny, is it? :uhoh21:

    I don't have a problem with raising troop morale with a pretty face, pretty body, pretty voice. As long as it's not "provocative" and insulting to females.

    So when are they sending the Chippendale guys over to boost the female soldiers' morale?
    :yeahthat:
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from Rep
    In WWII, Japan used to bring prostitutes together with the troops to increase morale.
    women in the US Military are HARDLY comparable. This has nothing to do with the situation in Iraq. They are sexually harassing women in the armed forces and I am disgusted as a female veteran! There are very strong and verbose policies and even CLASSES (by Social Actions personnel) dedicated to erradicating just this EXACT THING going on NOW!!!!!

    They have a strong case for lawsuit if this continues unabated believe you me.

    Disgraceful. :angryfire
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Mar 13, '05
  13. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from jnette

    So when are they sending the Chippendale guys over to boost the female soldiers' morale?


    Oh gee, now we can' have THAT because THAT would be UNFAIR!


  14. by   Rep
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    women in the US Military are HARDLY comparable. This has nothing to do with the situation in Iraq. They are sexually harassing women in the armed forces and I am disgusted as a female veteran! There are very strong and verbose policies and even CLASSES (by Social Actions personnel) dedicated to erradicating just this EXACT THING going on NOW!!!!!

    They have a strong case for lawsuit if this continues unabated believe you me.

    Disgraceful. :angryfire
    I maybe off topic here when I responded to a post of Roy when I mentioned about the Japan using women to boost troops's morale.

    The army today is very different from the past, more women are joining it. For me, it is terribly wrong for an organization to use women for boosting morale because the real victims will be the women soldiers themselves and the civilians whom the army will get in contact with.

    Imagine a soldier after being entertained by scantily clad women, his thoughts will purely be of sex and if he can not control his desires then he will focus it on the women serving in his unit.

    There are other ways of boosting troops' morale. this can be done by sending people who can entertain the troops like Bob Hope did during WW11, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War.

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