7/30/08

Soldiers Murdering Their Pregnant Spouse is Pretty Much the Standard

Type: Dotsam and Netsam CHUD
CHUDitude: 3
Location of Outbreak: Jezebel, comments (h/t Ms. K)
Description of Attack: The case of Megan Lynn Touma, who was murdered near Fort Bragg, has been a shocking tragedy. Often, people will take one event and try to proscribe a lesson about society in general. Despite not citing any evidence, a commenter at Jezebel, leaves a sweeping assertion about pregnant service members:

The military is a microcosm of middle class and poor life, because those are the groups most represented in the everyday military. As such, incidents such as these are not terribly shocking, given that the general trend is for pregnant women to be murdered by spouses/ex-spouses. It is highlighted only by the fact that there have been so many cases in one particular area, focusing attention on the problem. Let's hope the attention does some good before more pregnant soldiers meet their demise at the hands of colleagues.

Assuming "general" trend implies a majority, a pregnant woman in the military would have a higher chance of survival than if she played Russian roulette with 3 rounds in the chamber. C.H.U.D. Busters looked on the Google for evidence of most pregnant women getting killed while on active duty, but there was no such study. Is there a government cover-up involved?

Prognosis: People on the internet often assert statements that have no basis in facts or reality. These include comments about Lyndon Larouche being a great man, a secret cabal of Jews running the world, and that most people in the military are uneducated morons. This hyperbole is often used to prove some ideological point, but generally makes the commenter look more dumb than if they had just posted a few smiley faces or something. Lucky for us, Ms. Kiyum was on Jezebel refuting this CHUD attack. Be careful though, Ms. K, don't get dragged down into their lair.

4 comments:

Ms. Kiyum said...

Don't be surprised if one of the Jezebelles shows up on your C.H.U.D. blog. They started out as a cool project, but they have sort of spiraled into a bunch of mean girls. I'll probably have my commenting privileges revoked for reporting it to the chud busters. I'm really surprised at the number of women who blame the military for man troubles. Maybe that soldier that beats you or tried to kill you was a douche before he joined the military. I guess it's hard to admit you married a sociopath.

ToughGirl101 said...

I'm a spouse, though not pregnant. Hmm... I'll let you know if i get remarried, get pregnant and get killed, k?

Ms. Kiyum said...

I was watching Alfred Hitchcock Presents last night (don't judge me), and it turns out even white collar men from the suburbs were killing their wives way back in the 1950s.

LT Nixon said...

Ms. Kiyum,

C.H.U.D. Buster acknowledges that domestic violence and sexual assault may exist outside of the military. But it is often easy to just blame the service for society's ills.