07/11/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
One of the major problems with the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell survey that was leaked this week is the lack of information being gathered about the psychological effects of the law. A recent study from Cornell University showed that people who had to conceal their sexuality performed worse on tasks than those who do not have to do so. People who had to conceal their sexuality performed worse than those who did not largely because they had to expend more energy monitoring their speech and behavior, and thus, got tired more quickly.
With a lack of information regarding the effects on the lesbians and gays inside the military, the study adds another layer of bias against repeal. Without knowing what the effects of this pressure cooker on many lesbians and gays inside the services, it becomes impossible to argue the other side of the argument which is the why this has to be done in order to make it clear why the law has to be repealed.
Of course, given that the survey comes from the direction of ‘if’ and not ‘when’ repeal will happen, it is hard to imagine that this oversight is accidental.
Of course, the soldiers who keep getting caught on video dancing to various music just makes one wonder. . .