Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly on Tuesday joined those condemning the Pentagon's decision to allow women in combat, saying the new policy would lead to increased rates of sexual assaults.
Schlafly, a notorious anti-feminist, wrote at Human Events that the policy would adversely effect male soldiers, who would be enticed by their new female colleagues. She suggested that men would be unfairly blamed for the rise in sexual assault and harassment that would inevitably occur.
"Military women are already complaining about increased sexual assaults, and of course those problems will skyrocket. Only men will be deemed at fault because it is feminist ideology that men are innately batterers and women are victims," Schlafly explained.
"The military is already plagued with reports of large sex scandals in our current coed army. At the Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, 32 instructors allegedly took advantage of their power over 59 recruits, and at least two instructors allegedly had sexual encounters with 10 different recruits."
Schlafly is best known for her fight against the Equal Rights Amendment, which would have guaranteed equal pay to women.
The American Conservative Union (ACU), which hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, has described her as "a trailblazer and icon of the conservative movement in America."
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