From the “Offensive but Hilarious” section of the “No Seriously” file, I now present you will the following story:
A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting. Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed to CBS 5 that military leaders had considered, and then subsequently rejected, building the so-called “Gay Bomb.”
… As part of a military effort to develop non-lethal weapons, the proposal suggested, “One distasteful but completely non-lethal example would be strong aphrodisiacs, especially if the chemical also caused homosexual behavior.” The documents show the Air Force lab asked for $7.5 million to develop such a chemical weapon. The Ohio Air Force lab proposed that a bomb be developed that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soldiers to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistibly attractive to one another,” Hammond said after reviewing the documents.
I think what I hate most about this story is that it not only perpetuates, but bases an entire defense strategy on the back (no pun intended) of the stereotype that gay men simply cannot contain their lust for each other. Perhaps it hasn’t occurred to them that there are ALREADY gays in the military (yes, it’s true, shocker!) and they have no problem completing their daily tasks, even while surrounded by muscular privates (pun intended this time) with big guns (and again).
Also hilarious to me, is that the Pentagon has refused this idea, favoring bombs that, you know, kill people. It’s like, murdering thousands of soldiers and innocent civilians? Okay. Making men horny and possibly attracted to one another? Totally amoral! What are you thinking?! Back to redecorating the barracks for you!