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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....
Mar 13, '05
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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.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Mar 13, '05