Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) on Tuesday attributed incidents of sexual assault in the military to "the hormone level in nature," which is weird, because as near as anyone can tell, billions of humans experience "the hormone level in nature," without committing sexual assault. Nevertheless, Chambliss was not alone in making some odd assertions at the Senate Armed Services Committee's hearing on the matter -- he was joined by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), as the Washington Post's Rachel Weiner reports:
In the midst of questioning commanders on their ability to and the protocol for dealing with reports of assault in their ranks, Sessions lamented what he saw as a broader societal problem.
“We live in a culture that’s awash in sexual activity,” he said. Sexual images, he said, are sold on bases or off base but nearby. “It creates some problems, I think.”
I can't speak to whether our culture is any more awash in sexual activity today than it was at any other time in human existence. But again, awash as it may be, the vast majority of people operating within it are not committing sexual assault.
Do you feel the strong urge to commit sexual assault because of "the culture?" Are you worried that you will not be able to exercise elementary self-control or make conscience-guided choices about doing the right thing over the wrong thing? If so, you should probably seek help and/or powerful medications.
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