In 2016, Buzzfeed News discovered an op-ed written in 1999 by current Vice-President Mike Pence where he complains the Disney movie Mulan proves there is no place for women in the military, you know, because of all the sex stuff that goes on between men and women.
In the piece, Pence says some gems such as:
You see, now stay with me on this, many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually. Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting. Just like they eventually did for young Mulan. Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.
The full piece reads:
Just spent a memorable Fathers Day, like so many other all American Hoosier dads, with my kids at the new Disney film entitled, "Mulan". For those who have not yet been victimized by the McDonald's induced hysteria over this film, Mulan is a fictional account of a delicate girl of the same name who surreptitiously takes her fathers place in the Chinese army in one of their ancient wars against the Huns. Despite her delicate features and voice, Disney expects us to believe that Mulan's ingenuity and courage were enough to carry her to military success on an equal basis with her cloddish cohorts. Obviously, this is Walt Disney's attempt to add childhood expectation to the cultural debate over the role of women in the military. I suspect that some mischievous liberal at Disney assumes that Mulan's story will cause a quiet change in the next generation's attitude about women in combat and they just might be right. (Just think about how often we think of Bambi every time the subject of deer hunting comes into the mainstream media debate.)
The only problem with this liberal hope is the reality which intrudes on the Disney ideal from the mornings headlines. From the original "Tailhook" scandal involving scores of high ranking navy fighter pilots who molested subordinate women to the latest travesty at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, the hard truth of our experiment with gender integration is that is has been an almost complete disaster for the military and for many of the individual women involved. When Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer was appointed to investigate the Aberdeen mess, he shocked the public with the revelation that young, nubile, 18 year old men and women were actually being HOUSED together during basic training. Whatever bone head came up with this idea should be run out of this man's Army before sundown. Housing, in close quarters, young men and women (in some cases married to non-military personnel) at the height of their physical and sexual potential is the height of stupidity. It is instructive that even in the Disney film, young Ms. Mulan falls in love with her superior officer! Me thinks the politically correct Disney types completely missed the irony of this part of the story. They likely added it because it added realism with which the viewer could identify with the characters. You see, now stay with me on this, many young men find many young women to be attractive sexually. Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting. Just like they eventually did for young Mulan. Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.
It's been twenty years, and still people can't get over Pence's misogyny.
People's memories were refreshed once again.
In the chaos of the current administration it's easy to forget how creepy Mike Pence is.— Christopher D. Long (@octonion) July 29, 2018
It's obvious that then, and now, Mike Pence would rather see women stay out of the public workplace and be confined to their homes thereby ensuring they can only be accosted or assaulted by a single man.— kss@Sticker_Speak (@Sticker_Speak) July 29, 2018
Some wondered if he could really be that twisted.
Where did Pence go to college?— Jen (@Title9Jen) July 29, 2018
By this logic women shouldn’t attend college or boarding school for that matter.
Can Pence really be this bent?
We need to re-examine our electoral process from top to bottom. He was a congressman and a governor before Russia ever happened.
One Twitter user claimed to work with Pence back in his radio days and gave some (alleged) insight.
I worked at the network that produced and distributed his show. Short answer: yes, he can (and is) really that bent.— Russ Maloney (@russmaloney) July 29, 2018
I saw him every day for about two years, but only had to work directly with him when his regular producer was out. Pence truly believes this shit. His show was a crappy knockoff of Rush, down to the exact same music & Pence rattling the newspaper on mic because Rush did it.— Russ Maloney (@russmaloney) July 29, 2018
He isn't very bright, either. Absolutely no original thoughts. Even defending his positions, he would make arguments which defied logic (he would also quote the Bible). My favorite story is that his producer walked out on him DURING A SHOW.— Russ Maloney (@russmaloney) July 29, 2018
Pence would berate his producer on a daily basis, even though Pence knows as much about doing radio as he does living on Jupiter. One day Pence was especially going off on his producer, who said. "run your own damn board" and walked out of the studio.— Russ Maloney (@russmaloney) July 29, 2018
Of course, the producer was fired, but everyone understood why he did it. So not only is Pence a right-wing Evangelical nut who only really cares about Mike Pence, he's also an asshole.— Russ Maloney (@russmaloney) July 29, 2018
One former teacher and writer explained what grade she'd give Pence for his paper:
No, but I feel sorry for any kid who only recently left Gilead, so I'll cut him a break.— Virginia Parrish (@texpatnj) July 30, 2018
Some folks couldn't help but read between the lines.
That made me queasy. I think he worries WAY too much about people having sex - including himself. That’s NEVER a good thing in a politician or a minister. There often ends up being some icky behavior harbored behind the desparate effort to govern the sex lives of others.— WashingtonStreetGirl (@nancypants2x4) July 30, 2018
Moral of story: Nothing ever disappears from the internet.