Army ROTC cadets bullied into wearing ladies pumps to raise awareness of sexual harassment

Army ROTC cadets bullied into wearing ladies pumps to raise awareness of sexual harassment
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My question is did the shoes have to be red?

The Washington Times reports that Army ROTC cadets at Arizona State University are complaining on social media that they were pressured to walk in high heels Monday for a campus event designed to raise awareness of sexual violence against women.

The event was the latest in a series called “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes,” sponsored by an organization of the same name. The events, the group explains at its website, are part of the International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence, adding:

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and men’s sexualized violence against women. [Emphasis added]

The men in the picture don’t appear to be having fun, but no matter: According to a comment one anonymous cadet made on Imgr, participation, which in previous years was optional, is now required:

It’s mandatory and if we miss it we get a negative counseling and a ‘does not support the battalion sharp/EO mission’ on our CDT OER for getting the branch we want. So I just spent $16 on a pair of high heels that I have to spray paint red later on only to throw them in the trash after about 300 of us embarrass the U.S. Army tomorrow.

Oh, and as to my question regarding whether the pumps have to be red? The answer is yes:


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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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