28th February 2013
Heather Mac Donald has a modest proposal.
Ax the “diversity” bureaucracy. In 2012, the Pentagon spent $570,000 on a Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan that, as usual, replicated a chain of stultifyingly identical diversity efforts, including the 2011 final report of the Military Leadership Diversity Commission on strategies for enhancing on-going diversity efforts (the report, From Representation to Inclusion: Diversity Leadership for the 21st Century Military, contained such diversity chestnuts as “a new definition of diversity for the 21st century,” and recommendations regarding “metrics,” “diversity leadership and training,” “promotion,” and “recruiting”); the 2011 Office of Personnel Management “Government-Wide Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan; DOD’s 2009 Report to the White House Council on Women and Girls; and a 2007 RAND report, Planning for Diversity: Options and Recommendations for DOD Leaders. Put the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) on starvation diets. Suspend the Women’s Equality Day and Women’s History Month celebrations, the Latina Style Symposium, and the Women of Color Technology Awards.