Thursday, December 13, 2007

Castrated Vikings

I have always been right down the middle of the road when it comes to women in the military - so I usually pi55 off everyone. This little item does a couple of things:
  • Feeds the "see, I told you so" crowd.
  • Shows that General Officer moral cowardice crosses most all peace-time militaries.
  • Some women in the military refuse to take the chip off their shoulder, and therefore do a great disservice to those women who do pull their load, do have a clue, and do contribute.
  • Some people need to get a life. The others need to get a backbone.
I guess all the Vikings with a pair stayed in Ireland, England, and Normandy.
Protests from female soldiers have led to the Swedish military removing the penis of a heraldic lion depicted on the Nordic Battlegroup's coat of arms.
The armed forces agreed to emasculate the lion after a group of women from the rapid reaction force lodged a complaint to the European Court of Justice, Göteborgs-Posten reports.

But although the army was eventually happy to make the changes in the interests of gender equality, the artist who designed the insignia was less than pleased.

"A heraldic lion is a powerful and stately figure with its genitalia intact and I cannot approve an edited image," Vladimir A Sagerlund from the National Archives told Göteborgs-Posten.

Sagerlund blasted the army for making changes to the coat of arms without his permission.

"The army lacks knowledge about heraldry. Once upon a time coats of arms containing lions without genitalia were given to those who betrayed the Crown," said Sagerlund.

Well, that about says it all, doesn't it?

Hat tip The Brussels Journal.

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