In 2008 I attempted to sign up for the Marine Corps. I reached out to a recruiter and told him I wanted to go to Officer Candidates School. I showed up to speak with him about the requirements, expectations, etc. He asked if I took any prescription medications as those aren’t allowed in the Corps and explained the necessity for such a rule. I disclosed right away that I was taking Depakote for bipolar disorder. His reaction was to “just stop taking them. Then you can serve your country properly.” I told him I’d need to talk to my psychopharmacologist and psychiatrist.
He called me a few days later and asked me if I was “ready to man up and join the Corps.” I told him of my doctors’ very grave warnings about coming off the medication. He actually yelled at me over the phone calling me a disappointment. Looking back at it now, if I had stopped my treatment (which still continues) and joined the USMC, there is no doubt in my mind I would have, at the very least, killed myself.
I understand the pressure for recruiters in the armed services to meet quotas but that is no reason to chastise and deride a young man, and apply undo pressure, when they know a specific recruit has ‘mental problems’.
Luckily for me, and those who would have been around me, my desire to join the Corps was fleeting and mostly a reaction to other situations. I can understand how many young men with fewer options would succumb to the pressure, drop their meds and pick up a weapon.
Men categorize women in one of four ways:
Mothers, virgins, sluts and bitches.
Of course none of the above is suitable for the modern business woman.
But you can create your own image by selecting pieces of each archetype that work for you.
The sexual attractiveness of the slut.
The wisdom of the mother.
The integrity of the virgin.
The independence of the bitch.
This leaves men confused and unable to pigeonhole you.
What they are forced to do instead is take you seriously.
been waiting for this for ages yo