Pence Once Cited ‘Mulan’ as Proof Women Don’t Belong in Military
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, now Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, once cited Mulan in order to demonstrate why women shouldn’t enter the military.
“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,” Pence wrote in the op-ed, which was first reported by Buzzfeed.
“Obviously, this is Walt Disney’s attempt to add childhood expectation to the cultural debate over the role of women in the military,” wrote Pence, who was a talk show host in Indiana at the time.
The Hill reports:
Pence wrote that “some mischievous liberal” at Disney created the movie to change the next generation’s attitude about women in combat.
“(Just think about how often we think of Bambi every time the subject of deer hunting comes into the mainstream media debate.)
“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,” writes Pence.
“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.”
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