Rum, Sodomy and the Lash

You sir, are an idiot.

At the start of this week, Naval Captain Owen Honors commanded the world’s first nuclear powered aircraft carrier.  But that changed after the videos he made to entertain the crew of the ship were released.  The videos were deemed offensive and the Navy has relieved Captain Honors of his command.

The Legal Satyricon has a great take on the controversy here.

People were shocked at the content of the videos.  But not Siouxsie.  The Navy has a long history of misogyny and homophobia.  Remember the Tailhook scandal of the 90’s?  Homophobia generally seems to be rooted in self-loathing and denial.  And everyone has heard the phrase “swears like a sailor.”

More than anything, in  the videos Capt. Honors comes off as sad and not very funny.  For that, the Navy appropriately relieved the Captain of his command.

Winston Churchill said, “Don’t talk to me about naval tradition. It’s nothing but rumsodomy, and the lash.”  It doesn’t look like naval tradition has changed very much in the last seventy years.

Do yourself a favor and don’t watch the dopey Captain Honors’ videos.  Instead, check out this clip from the Pogues, “A Pair of Brow Eyes,” off of Rum, Sodomy and the Lash.

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~ by siouxsielaw on January 6, 2011.

2 Responses to “Rum, Sodomy and the Lash”

  1. This 16-year Navy veteran, current law student and Pogues fan declares this post perfect. Try this for true naval misogyny, but not before preparing for disgust: http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/017020.html

  2. I’ve heard all sides of this story, being someone who lives in the Hampton Roads area…Southeast Virginia….ya know, where Norfolk and all the other military bases are. I know many current and former military personnel (funny enough, one is an Equal Employment Officer on a carrier. He had quite a visceral response). Most were not at all offended and other non-military were not surprised. But its the fact that this came from someone who is supposed to be a leader that is so galling. To me, as I watched this, I got the sense he was your typical pr*ck who was mean as hell to you and then, when you got offended, backed up and said “just joking man!” and somehow tried to make you feel like the jerk for being offended by his “joke”.

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