In case you weren’t following the story about the Marine who killed the trans woman in the Philippines, don’t worry, I’ll sum it up for you: Marine makes out with chick and loves her fake tits and takes her back to the hotel room. She probably blows him. One Crying Game later he bashes her head in because “Get-the-hell-off-me-faggit!” Well, He was just convicted of murder, and good riddance. Hopefully he comes to terms with his violent fear of ladyboys when that sweet he-pussy is all he’s got on his plate for the next 6-12 years in a Piña prison.

Jennifer Laude and LCpl. Joseph Pemberton, pride of the Marine Corps.

If you want a window into the misogyny and bigotry ingrained into military “culture”, grab a barf bag and wade into the comments section of the Military Times. These guys that get such a throbbing erection for freedom think that getting the “trick-tranny” constitutes some kind of assault and is a capital offense. (You’re not gay, we get it.)

I think about the maxims taught to us about the local culture during my deployment to Asia: “It’s totally acceptable to nut-check a girl in a bar so you know she doesn’t have a penis.” — That’s a direct quote. Marines wanted to believe that in Thailand or the Philippines, if a woman flirted with you in a bar you could grab her crotch, unsolicited, and she won’t even be offended. I remember two speeches given to 150 Marines about to be unleashed on a resort town. The first was a sad cautionary tale of a marine who “wanted to go inside the Thai whore one more time,” and turned his condom inside out and ended up dying of AIDS (filed under “DON’T”). The second was a lesson in economics that if we rent a whore for 24 hours, we are buying the time, and could split it between several of us and save money (filed under “DO!”).

How the Marines actually behaved varied. Most of the boys had been so deprived of female companionship that they worshiped the girls on their knees, marveling at how beautiful they were and trying to earn their attention with flattery. For all their talk, they behaved like boys in love. But the misogyny culture is pervasive and horribly corrosive, and not all boys were as innocent as the ones I knew. Years later on another continent I had to pay off prostitutes to make up for another Marine’s violent and disgraceful behavior.

How the military treats sex workers is a distillation of how America treats sex workers. Right now, the adult film world is being rocked by accusations that James Deen, the industry’s boy-next-door was the Bill Cosby of porn, raping his co-stars while everyone looked the other way, and the reaction was just as vile. “How do you rape a porn star?” I encourage you to read Tori Lux‘s few hundred words about why she didn’t report it at the time. “People—including the police—tend to believe that sex workers have placed themselves in harm’s way, and therefore can’t be assaulted.”

Not unlike “if she had a penis, then she deserved it.” Prison for this Marine won’t change the military culture towards sex-workers, but it’s a start. At the very least, young American servicemen abroad will be told in that child-like tone that works best on children and the simple-minded, “It’s not okay to hit a woman because she has a penis.”

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