28 November 2009

Will American Armed Forces Women Appreciate Harley-Davidson’s Marisa Miller Advert?

It’s seems to always be "about the boy”- American super model Marisa Miller has posed, yet again, on a Harley-Davidson. Recent campaign by the American Motor Company is aimed at paying homage to active and retired US military personnel; declaring November as "Military Appreciation Month."

The “blonde bombshell” Miller said she was delighted to support “those who keep us riding free.” Admittedly the ads are cute.

But… what of the thousands of women serving? Shouldn’t there be the offering up of a sex-symbol, handsome super model man?

Women steadily increase in the US Armed Forces. This even outside of the arguments that focus on the physical differences between men and women; on differing mentalities, and the effects upon one sex by the presence of the other on the battlefield. Women make up nearly 20% of the numbers, varying among services- Army, 13.4% (68,046); Navy, 12.8% (55,830); Marines, 4.6% (8,093); Air Force, 16.0% (64,147) *sourced 1996/2005 David F. Burrelli/ Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division.

Recently, even Oprah had a feature on her show about “Women Serving in the Armed Forces"!

Other countries have used women as frequently as men to fight in their wars.Take the 800,000 women who served in the Soviet military during World War II,
of which nearly 70% saw front line action.

Over four years ago, shown here is the historic group photo of the first all-female crew to fly a combat mission on the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. Pictured left to right, Staff Sgt. Josie E. Harshe, flight engineer; Capt. Anita T. Mack, navigator; 1st Lt. Siobhan Couturier, pilot; Capt. Carol J. Mitchell, aircraft commander; and loadmasters Tech. Sgt. Sigrid M. Carrero-Perez and Senior Airman Ci Ci Alonzo.
So here in honour of women currently serving and those who have, these are for you!
(Keanu Reeves and the cute Taylor Lautner).


Anonymous said...

Fact: Taylor Lautner is a 17 year old boy! Tsk! Tsk!

dresda said...

For me, I'd rather see a real rider on a bike, someone like Troy Bayliss or Valentino Rossi. So I guess the rest of the magazine is full of photos for me to look at, and the guys can just read the ads!